Thursday, March 12, 2009
The DOJ announced today that it filed criminal charges against Arizona securities lawyer David B. Stocker in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud involving 19 publicly-traded companies. According to the Department of Justice’s announcement, Stocker participated in a “pump-and-dump” scheme to issue shares to the public illegally and to manipulate the trading price and volume by making materially false and misleading statements in press releases and in spam e-mail messages. Stocker simultaneously entered a guilty plea, agreeing to pay restitution to investors and forfeit the proceeds of his crimes. Stocker is currently scheduled to be sentenced on November 6, 2009.
The Securities and Exchange Commission earlier named Stocker in three civil injunctive actions currently pending in federal district courts in Arizona, Michigan, and Texas.