Sunday, September 25, 2011
SEC CHARGES THREE PRINCIPALS OF FORMERLY REGISTERED BROKER-DEALER FOR INVOLVEMENT IN MICROCAP STOCK FRAUD SCHEME AND STOCK SALES IN UNREGISTERED OFFERINGS
The SEC filed charges against the three former principals of Westcap Securities, Inc., a now-defunct broker-dealer – Thomas Rubin (“Rubin”), Westcap’s then Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Scott (“Scott”), Westcap’s then Chief Compliance Officer, and Jeff Greeney, Westcap’s then Chief Financial Officer, and their related entities. The Commission alleges that Rubin and Scott committed securities fraud by, among other things, engaging in market manipulation in a broader manipulative scheme, and also, through their respective related entities, BGLR Enterprises, LLC and E-Info Solutions, LLC, violated the registration provisions of Section 5(a) and (c) of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”) by selling stock in unlawful unregistered offerings. The Commission separately alleged that Greeney, through his related entity, Big Baller Media Group, LLC, violated the registration provisions by selling stock in unlawful unregistered offerings.
The Commission alleges that Rubin and Scott participated in a broader market manipulation ring that involved bringing companies public through reverse mergers; using Westcap to raise funds for the newly-created companies through purported private placements; and manipulating the public markets for those newly-created public companies, which allowed Rubin and Scott, through their related entities, to sell their holdings of these companies at artificially inflated prices for total proceeds exceeding $1.5 million.
The Commission seeks injunctions, penny stock bars, disgorgement, and penalties from Rubin and Scott (and their related entities, BGLR Enterprises and E-Info Solutions), in addition to an officer and director bar against Scott because he was an officer of one of the microcap issuers.
With respect to Greeney, the Commission alleges that he, through his related entity, sold shares in unregistered offerings of two of the microcap issuers for unlawful profits of approximately $330,000, in violation of the registration provisions of the Securities Act. Greeney and his related entity, Big Baller Media Group, have offered to settle the Commission’s allegations.