July 28, 2023
Summitcrest Capital, Inc.
, and its principals, Johnny Tseng
and Kevin Zhang
, raised approximately $19.8 million from Chinese-speaking investors in the United States and China, misleading them to believe the funds would be used to make real estate-related loans "to the general public" and the income from these loans would be used to make interest payments and return of capital to investors. Tseng and Zhang, through their entity SC Development Fund, instead used investor funds for loans to Zhang's many real estate development and contracting businesses. Summitcrest, Tseng, and Zhang are on the hook jointly and severally for $16.6 million
in disgorgement and over $4.3 million
in prejudgment interest. Summitcrest and Zhang are permanently enjoined from violating the antifraud provisions of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act and Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act. Additionally, Tseng is barred from acting as an officer or director and will pay disgorgement of $60,000,
in prejudgment interest and a $414,366