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September 2, 2022

Swapnil Rege, SwapStar Capital LLC, and Reema Rege have been ordered to pay $5 million in disgorgement and pre-judgment interest for engaging in fraudulent solicitation and misappropriation, including on Swapnil’s part, engaging in trading despite an existing bar for prior violations, and on Reema’s part, receiving illegally-obtained profits she was not entitled to.  The orders resulted from parallel but separate enforcement actions by the CFTC and SEC, and included a permanent trading and registration ban against Swapnil.  CFTC; SEC

August 24, 2022

Taronis Technologies, Inc. and related entities have agreed to pay a total of $5.1 million in disgorgement and interest to resolve allegations that the companies issued false and misleading statements claiming to have agreements and relationships with customers that did not exist or were exaggerated.  Taronis executives created fake and backdated orders, resulting in improper revenue recognition.  Based on these misstated financials, defendants raised approximately $30 million from investors in private placements.  SEC

August 16, 2022

Eagle Bancorp, Inc. has agreed to pay $13.35 million in penalties, disgorgement, and interest to resolve charges that it violated SEC regulations and GAAP in failing to disclose as related party transactions nearly $90 million in loans extended to trusts associated with its former CEO and chairman of the board, Ronald D. Paul, as well as tens of millions of dollars of loans to other Eagle directors and their family members.  The SEC further found that when questions about the reporting were raised publicly, the bank knowingly made false and misleading statements that the loans were not related party loans.  Paul agreed to settle related charges for a total of $431,000.  SEC

August 10, 2022

Angel Oak Capital Advisors and its portfolio manager Ashish Neghandi will pay $1.75 million and $75,000 respectively to settle charges of misleading investors via their $90 million securitization of home renovation loans. When delinquency rates on their “fix-and-flip” loans increased unexpectedly, rather than accelerating return payments to certain investors, as contractually required, defendants artificially reduced delinquency rates by diverting borrowers’ funds to pay down outstanding loan balances. SEC

August 9, 2022

The SEC has awarded two whistleblowers more than $16 million for their assistance in a successful enforcement action.  The first whistleblower, who received about $13 million, submitted information that sparked the investigation and later provided key witnesses and other critical information that helped move the investigation forward.  The second whistleblower, who received more than $3 million, later submitted new information that also aided the investigation.  SEC

August 2, 2022

Crown Bridge Partners, Soheil Ahdoot, and Sepas Ahdoot, will pay more than $9 million for operating as unregistered securities dealers, and are required to surrender all conversion rights, unexercised warrants, and cancel any shares acquired by converting notes or exercising related warrants resulting from their fraud. Over a 5-year period, from 2016 to 2020, the defendants bought convertible notes, converted them into billions of newly issued shares of heavily-discounted stock, and sold the new shares at significant profit, all while not being registered as dealers with the SEC, skirting regulatory oversight. Defendants are subject to a 5-year penny stock bar in addition to the monetary penalties. SEC

July 29, 2022

Aegis Capital Corp., and two of its former representatives, Alan Z. Appelbaum and Paul F. Gallivan will pay around $2.5 million total for making materially false and misleading statements and making unsuitable investment recommendations, namely, variable interest rate structured products. Appelbaum, Gallivan, and 14 Aegis brokers recommended these highly complex and risky products to customers with “moderate” risk tolerance, despite having investment timelines inconsistent with the VRSP maturity dates. The targeted customers’ financial needs were disregarded, as were their risk tolerance, investment objectives, age, investment experience, and liquidity needs. SEC

July 28, 2022

Jaeson Birnbaum, disbarred attorney and owner of now-bankrupt litigation finance firm, Cash4Cases, will spend 3 years in prison for defrauding investors, in addition to paying over $2.6 million in restitution, and forfeiting another $2.6 million in fraud proceeds. Birnbaum offered sham “Investor Security Agreements,” allowing investors to share in recoveries from lawsuits supposedly purchased by Cash4Cases. Birnbaum netted over $3 million in investors’ funds through his fraud, misappropriated client funds for personal use, and directed his employee to falsify the company’s books and records to show already-paid-out funds as still available to be pledged as collateral to new investors. USAO SDNY
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