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April 1, 2020

A Christian concert promoter and his business have settled with the SEC over charges of defrauding 145 investors of $3 million.  According to a press release, Jeffrey Wall of Maine and his business, The Lighthouse Events LLC, had promised investors that investments intended to promote Christian music concerts were “secured” and “guaranteed,” when in fact they were being used to pay off debt and make payments to earlier investors.  Each of the defendants have since been ordered to pay nearly $1.6 million each in civil penalties, $1.6 million in disgorgement, and over $200,000 in prejudgment interest.  SEC

The COVID-19 Crisis, Whistleblowers, and the Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Team

Posted  03/19/20
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As Constantine Cannon announced earlier this week, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we have implemented contingency plans to work remotely.  While our work locations have changed, we remain dedicated to our whistleblower clients, and our team continues to provide whistleblowers with support and legal guidance. With offices in New York, D.C., San Francisco, and London, the Constantine Cannon...

Catch of the Week – SEC Hits Actor Steven Seagal for Improper ICO Promotion

Posted  03/6/20
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This week’s Catch of the Week goes to the SEC for securing over $300,000 recovery from actor Steven Seagal in connection with his alleged failure to disclose payments he received for promoting an initial coin offering (ICO) conducted by Bitcoiin2Gen (B2G).   The settlement is part of the SEC’s broader effort to combat the role of celebrities in promoting novel—and sometimes fraudulent—cryptocurrency...

Catch of the Week – Wells Fargo Pays $3 Billion, and another $35 Million, in Latest in Long Line of Government Enforcement Actions against the Bank

Posted  02/28/20
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On February 21, 2020 the Department of Justice announced that Wells Fargo & Co. agreed to pay $3 billion to resolve civil and criminal allegations that Wells Fargo’s “cross-selling” practices led to millions of accounts being opened for customers under false pretenses and without consent. These practices allegedly led to Wells Fargo collecting millions of dollars in fees. Less than one week later, two of...

February 27, 2020

Wells Fargo Clearing Services and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network will pay a $35 million penalty to resolve charges that certain of Wells Fargo's investment advisors and registered representatives made unsuitable recommendations to retail clients regarding single-inverse ETF products.  The SEC charged that Wells Fargo lacked policies and procedures that would have detected such unsuitable recommendations, and failed to adequately supervise and train its financial professionals, who did not fully understand the products they were recommending.  Wells Fargo did not admit or deny the SEC's findings; the penalty will be distributed to harmed individuals.  SEC

February 21, 2020

Wells Fargo & Co. will pay a total of $3 billion in a federal settlement resolving criminal, civil, and administrative liability with respect to its “cross-selling” sales practices between 2002 and 2016 that led to the opening of millions of checking, savings, credit card, and other accounts on behalf of individual customers under false pretenses or without the customers’ consent.  As part of the settlement, Wells Fargo admitted that it collected millions of dollars in fees and interest to which the Company was not entitled, harmed customer credit ratings, and unlawfully misused customers’ personal information.  Wells Fargo entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement requiring the bank to take certain compliance steps and cooperate with ongoing investigations.  Of the $3 billion settlement, $500 million resolves SEC claims that the bank, knowing about the underlying violations, mislead investors about the success of its business; the SEC settlement will be distributed to harmed investors.  The federal settlement is in addition to a $575 million 2018 settlement Wells Fargo entered into with 50 states and the District of Columbia and a $100 million 2016 fine from the CFPB arising from the same conduct.  DOJ; SEC; WD NC; CD Cal

February 11, 2020

Property developer Monique Brady of Rhode Island has been sentenced to 8 years in prison and ordered to pay $4.8 million in restitution for defrauding 23 investors of $10.3 million in a Ponzi scheme that ran from 2014 to 2018.  Brady told investors, many of them her own family, friends, and business associates, that her property rehabilitation business, MNB LLC, had secured contracts to perform large scale rehabilitation work on foreclosed properties in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.  To entice investors, Brady promised a 50% return on profits and showed forged emails that purported to show the contracts were valid.  In reality, however, the jobs she was hired to do were menial and paid less than $1,000, and she was using investor funds to finance an extravagant lifestyle.  When she became the subject of a federal investigation, she told investors to delete all records of their investments with her company, then met with federal officials to request that they investigate her investors for usury, before attempting to abscond to Vietnam.  DOJ; USAO RI

January 31, 2020

A former financial adviser, Li Lin Hsu, AKA Yilin Hsu Lee, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to pay $5.3 million in restitution to the 20 victims of her $8.1 million Ponzi scheme.  Hsu began her scheme in 2014 while employed at Ameriprise Financial, promising victim investors, including her own relatives, that their funds would go toward low risk municipal bonds when in fact they were going toward homes in affluent neighborhoods, a luxury car, a luxury vacation, and luxury goods for Hsu herself. When Ameriprise discovered the misconduct in 2015, Hsu was fired and then barred by FINRA from working in the investment business, but not before she began her own companies, American Trading Group LLC and American Capital Republic, Inc, where she managed to defraud additional investors.  USAO CDCA

Top Ten State Healthcare and Financial Fraud Recoveries of 2019

Posted  01/30/20
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Here at Constantine Cannon, our attorneys represent whistleblowers reporting a wide variety of healthcare fraud and financial fraud, including government contract fraud, unlawful kickbacks, tax evasion, and more. While such wrongful conduct often violates federal laws, state governments are also important enforcement authorities. For whistleblowers, state enforcement can offer additional opportunities.  New York,...

January 29, 2020

Christopher Dillon of New York has been sentenced to over 4 years in prison and ordered to pay over $5 million in restitution for his role in defrauding 27 investors of over $5 million.  Along with co-defendant Gilbert Lynagh, Dillon formed two companies, i2i Capital and i2i Settlement Partners LLC, and made false representations to investors regarding the nature of the investment and possible risks and rates of return.  Dillon and Lynagh then used investor funds to cover personal expenses, causing at least five investors to suffer substantial financial hardship.  USAO WDNY
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