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March 4, 2021

Sohrab Sharma, a co-founder of Centra Tech, which claimed to offer products including a debit card that would allow users to make retail purchases using cryptocurrency, has been sentenced to eight years in prison following his guilty plea to charges arising from Centra’s fraudulent representations to participants in its unregistered initial coin offering of “Centra Tokens” or “CTR tokens,” which raised more than $25 million from victims.  Sharma and his co-defendants falsely claimed that Centra Tech had an experienced executive team, agreements with card issuers, and licenses to operate in 38 states when, in fact, Centra Tech had none of these things.  USAO SDNY

February 25, 2021

The SEC has awarded two whistleblowers two awards totaling more than $1.7 million.  Under the first award, one whistleblower received over $900,000 for providing significant evidence, including a critical declaration, that helped shut down an ongoing fraud scheme.  Under the second award, the whistleblower received over $800,000 for providing important information through an interview and documents that helped return millions to harmed investors.  SEC

COVID Fraud a Year on from the Onset of the Pandemic

Posted  02/19/21
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The COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the world over the last year, causing widespread harm both to humanity and the economy. Even in these trying times, fraudsters have not let up and have found ways to exploit the pandemic for personal gain. As we move into the one-year anniversary of the pandemic starting with the United States we look back on the ways programs intended for relief have been exploited, and a few of...

February 19, 2021

The SEC has awarded two whistleblowers a total of almost $3 million for alerting the agency to misconduct.  The first award of over $2.2 million went to an individual whose information helped bring a successful enforcement action to an open investigation.  The second award of almost $700,000 went to an individual whose tip about a fraudulent reporting scheme helped launch an investigation.  SEC

February 12, 2021

Registered investment advisor and broker-dealer Winslow, Evans & Crocker, Inc. will pay $1.9 million in disgorgement, interest, and penalties to resolve allegations regarding its mutual fund share class and cash sweep selection practices.  Winslow allegedly recommended mutual fund share classes and money market funds to its customers without adequately disclosing that it received 12b-1 fees and revenue-sharing payments in connection with those shares and funds, when lower-cost share classes and options were available.  SEC

February 2, 2021

Premier Holding Corp., a microcap issuer which described itself as a green energy services provider, and its former CEO, Randall Letcavage, have been ordered to pay a total of $10.5 million in disgorgement, penalties, and interest in connection with judgment finding that defendants materially mislead investors about the value of Premier’s assets and perks paid to Letcavage.  SEC

Top Ten Whistleblower Awards for 2020

Posted  01/22/21
2020 was another strong year for whistleblowers, who once again collectively recovered billions of dollars for the government and hundreds of millions of dollars in whistleblower rewards through their filing of lawsuits under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  Whistleblowers this past year also continued to secure financial rewards under the Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower and CFTC Whistleblower programs,...

Top Ten SEC and CFTC Recoveries of 2020

Posted  01/15/21
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Despite its many shortcomings, 2020 did bring great news for whistleblowers: record-breaking growth in the CFTC and SEC Whistleblower Programs, as well as massive enforcement actions by both agencies.  In this post, we will detail the Top Ten SEC and CFTC recoveries of 2020 in cases other than FCPA enforcement.  As detailed below, the SEC netted billions of dollars in penalties and restitution from companies accused...
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