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July 1, 2020

Leonard J. Cipolla of Richmond, Virginia, was sentenced to ten years in prison for bilking more than $7 million in investor funds from customers of his Tate Street Trading, Inc..  Cipolla falsely told the investors that he was a successful commodities trader and could guarantee them a fixed rate of return.  In fact, Cipolla diverted the investor funds that he did not lose through speculative trading, and provided his customers with false account statements.  USAO EDVA

July 1, 2020

Raeann Gibson of Palm City, Florida, was sentenced to ten years in prison based on her role in an investment fraud conspiracy.  Gibson served as the Chief Operating Officer of Dominion Investment Group, which defrauded elderly investors of over $25 million by diverting investment funds to the personal use of Gibson and co-defendant Daryl Bank.  Gibson created numerous shell companies, laundered investment funds through multiple accounts, and spoke with investors.  USAO EDVA

DOJ Charges Healthcare CEO with Criminal Securities and Healthcare Fraud

Posted  06/12/20
Hands in handcuffs behind back of white man in business suit
In 2008, Rahm Emanuel, then-President Obama’s chief of staff, famously said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.  I mean, it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”  However poorly phrased, generations of political and business leaders have understood the kernel of truth in his admonition. So have scammers and rip-off artists. We have been following the...

April 20, 2020

A company that markets rent-to-own payment plans in retail stores nationwide has agreed to pay $175 million to settle FTC charges of intentionally misleading customers.  By hiding payment terms, Progressive Leasing allegedly led customers to believe the payment plans had no interest when in fact, the company did charge an interest rate that resulted in customers paying as much as double the true price of products.  The settlement proceeds will go toward refunds for affected customers, and under the terms of the proposed settlement, Progressive Leasing will be prohibited from engaging in similar conduct and required to disclose full payment costs to its customers.  FTC

April 14, 2020

Importer Blue Furniture Solutions, LLC, its successor XMillennium, LLC, and former executives Yingqing Zeng and Alex Cheng have agreed to pay more than $5.2 million to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act in conspiring to evade customs duties and fees on furniture imported from China.  In a qui tam complaint by whistleblower University Loft Company, which the United States elected to intervene in, the defendants were accused of declaring wooden bedroom furniture as “metal” or “non-bedroom”, manipulating packing lists and invoices, and directing manufacturers to mislabel boxes and falsify invoices to help defendants evade U.S. customs officials.  USAO WDTX

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

March 4, 2020

The Massachusetts-based marketers of an electrical nerve stimulation device have settled FTC false advertising charges by agreeing to pay at least $4 million.  In marketing materials for Quell, NeuroMetrix, Inc. and CEO Shai Gozani allegedly described the device as "clinically proven" and "FDA cleared" for chronic pain relief all over the body, despite lacking scientific evidence or actual FDA approval to support such claims.  In addition to a cease and desist order and the $4 million judgment, NeuroMetrix has also been ordered to turn over another $4.5 million in future foreign licensing payments.  FTC

February 19, 2020

Diageo plc will pay $5 million to resolve SEC charges that the alcohol producer's North American subsidiary, Diageo North America, engaged in channel-stuffing by pressuring distributors to buy products in excess of demand in order to meet internal sales targets in the face of declining market conditions. Diageo failed to disclose the trends that resulted from shipping products in excess of demand, the positive impact the overshipping had on sales and profits, and the negative impact that the unnecessary increase in inventory would have on future growth. SEC

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 27, 2020

Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC and its CEO Jerry Szilagyi will pay more than $10 million -- $8.9 million in disgorgement and 1.6 million in civil monetary penalties -- to resolve claims that they failed to adequately supervise employees including the portfolio manager of Catalyst's Hedged Futures Strategy Fund, Edward Walczak, who was separately charged.   Catalyst and Walczak made materially misleading statements about the risk management strategies employed by the fund, including false statements that stop-loss measures and risk monitoring were in place.  The misrepresentations led investors and investment advisors to believe that the fund was a safer investment than it actually was. CFTC, SEC
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