Wednesday, May 11, 2011
SEC Charges Two Businessmen With Securities Fraud in New York-Based Beverage and Food Carrier Company
The SEC today charged the co-founders of a New York-based beverage and food carrier company with orchestrating an $8 million securities fraud and spending at least half of investor money for their personal use. According to the SEC's complaint, Angelo Cuomo and George Garcy fraudulently obtained investments in E-Z Media Inc. while falsely telling investors that their company owned several patents for beverage and food carriers and had contracts to sell its carriers to such major companies as Heineken, Anheuser Busch, and Aramark Corporation. They also misrepresented their plans to conduct an initial public offering (IPO), their use of offering proceeds, and the projected share price. E-Z Media never actually had any contracts or other agreements to sell its carriers to any major company, including the brand-name companies that Cuomo and Garcy touted to investors. E-Z Media never took even the basic steps to prepare for a purported IPO.
The SEC alleges that Cuomo and Garcy (also known as Jorge Garcia) conducted their scheme from at least 2003 to 2009, making false statements and omissions about their company’s business prospects, assets, and liabilities. According to the SEC’s complaint, Garcy and Cuomo misappropriated and diverted at least $4 million of funds obtained from investors to make payments on personal loans, private school tuition, and rent and mortgages as well as other personal uses.
The SEC’s complaint seeks a final judgment permanently enjoining Garcy and Cuomo from future violations of the federal securities laws, barring Garcy and Cuomo from acting as officers and directors of any public company, requiring Garcy and Cuomo to pay financial penalties, and requiring the defendants and relief defendants to disgorge all ill-gotten gains plus prejudgment interest, among other relief.