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Selected Press Releases

SEC Halts $32 Million Scheme That Promised Riches From Amber Mining


The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced it has filed fraud charges and obtained asset freezes against the operator of a worldwide pyramid scheme that falsely promised investors would profit from a venture purportedly backed by the company’s massive amber holdings. Read more

China-Based Company and CEO To Pay $55.6 Million for Inaccurate Disclosures


The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a $55.6 million settlement with Focus Media Holding Limited and CEO Jason Jiang to resolve charges of inaccurate disclosures about the China-based advertising company’s partial sale of a subsidiary to insiders, including Jiang. The sale, which occurred before a third party purchased the subsidiary at a significantly higher price, yielded enormous profits to Jiang and other insiders. Read more

SEC Charges Executives for Defrauding Investors in Financial Fraud Scheme - Seeks Return of Allegedly Ill-Gotten Executive Compensation


The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged two former executives of ContinuityX Solutions Inc. with fabricating nearly all of the company’s revenue and enriching themselves in the process. Metamora, Illinois-based ContinuityX was a publicly traded company that claimed to sell Internet services to businesses. The company is now in bankruptcy and its former CEO was criminally charged last year with six counts of wire fraud for conduct related to the SEC’s allegations. Read more

SEC Charges Investment Adviser With Fraud


The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against a registered investment adviser and its owner for allegedly engaging in self-dealing and failing to disclose material facts to clients regarding conflicts of interest, use of investor funds, and the risks of the investments they recommended. Read more

SEC Charges Five With Insider Trading, Including Two Attorneys and an Accountant


The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged five Florida residents – including two lawyers and an accountant – with insider trading in advance of the acquisition of Pharmasset Inc. by Gilead Sciences Inc. Read more