December 18, 2014
The SEC charged Staten Island, N.Y.-based firm Premier Links, Inc.
, along with its former president and two sales representatives, with participating in a fraudulent boiler room scheme targeting seniors to invest in speculative start-up companies. According to the SEC, the company along with Dwayne Malloy, Chris Damon, and Theirry Ruffin “treated vulnerable older investors as their personal ATM machines” by using high-pressure sales tactics to convince them to invest in companies purportedly on the brink of conducting initial public offerings. But they did not disclose that only a small fraction of the money would be transmitted to the promoted companies and that Premier Links diverted the funds to other entities controlled by the sales representatives or other associates. SEC