Uni-Pixel Inc., a developer of technologies for touchscreen devices, has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle charges it misled investors about the production status and sales agreements for a key product. The SEC alleged that Uni-Pixel began publicly touting sales of a touchscreen sensor product supposedly in speedy high-volume commercial production when in fact only a few samples had been manually completed. The misrepresentations caused Uni-Pixel’s stock price to more than double, enabling then-CEO Reed Killion and then-CFO Jeffrey Tomz to make more than $2 million in personal profits from selling their own shares of company stock. Uni-Pixel also announced multi-million dollar sales agreements in 2012 and 2013 that highlighted potential revenues but omitted material conditions the company had to meet to actually receive those revenues. The SEC also filed charges against Killion and Tomz and entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with Uni-Pixel’s former chairman of the board. SEC
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