North Carolina-based investment adviser Richard W. Davis, Jr. has agreed to settle charges of defrauding investors by secretly steering portions of real estate-related investments into deals with companies he owned or operated. The SEC further alleges that Davis made false and misleading statements to investors before and after they made their investments, failed to inform investors of their losses as his companies failed to pay the loans, and improperly received at least $1.5 million from bank accounts which commingled investor funds when he was only entitled to less than $150,000 in management fees. Davis has agreed to a settlement subject to court approval with disgorgement plus interest and penalties to be determined by the court at a later date. SEC
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