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SEC Charges Real Estate CEO With Defrauding Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced securities fraud charges against recidivist Michael Shustek, the CEO of several Las Vegas real estate investment trusts (REITs), and his wholly owned investment advisory firm, Vestin Mortgage LLC. The complaint alleges that since at least 2012, Shustek fraudulently enriched himself and one of the REITs he controlled, The […]

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SEC Charges Founder of Nikola Corp. With Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against Trevor R. Milton, the founder, former CEO and former executive chairman of Nikola Corporation, for repeatedly disseminating false and misleading information – typically by speaking directly to investors through social media – about Nikola’s products and technological accomplishments. The SEC’s complaint, filed in U.S. District Court […]

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SEC Charges Unlicensed Broker With Defrauding Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Joshua L. Rupp of Michigan for engaging in securities fraud and for acting as an unregistered broker-dealer.  The SEC’s complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, alleges that Rupp engaged in a fraudulent investment scheme from January 2018 through July 2019 which […]

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SEC Issues Substituted Compliance Determination for France

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the approval of a substituted compliance determination order with respect to security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants (SBS Entities) subject to regulation in the French Republic (the French Order). This is the first determination that addresses substituted compliance in connection with the Commission’s capital and margin requirements. “Friday’s […]

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YJ Fischer to Join SEC as Director of the Office of International Affairs

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the appointment of YJ Fischer as Director of the Office of International Affairs (OIA), effective Aug. 2. Ms. Fischer previously served in various roles at the U.S. State Department during the Obama Administration, including as assistant coordinator for implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement. “I’ve had the pleasure of […]

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SEC Awards Nearly $3 Million to Whistleblower

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of nearly $3 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to a successful SEC enforcement action. “The whistleblower alerted the SEC to previously unknown conduct and then provided substantial additional assistance, which conserved a considerable amount of SEC resources,” said Emily Pasquinelli, Acting Chief of […]

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SEC Charges Retailer and Former CEO for Accounting, Reporting, and Control Failures

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Fort Worth, Texas, specialty retailer Tandy Leather Factory Inc. and its former chief executive officer Shannon Greene have agreed to settle charges for accounting, reporting, and control failures that led to a multi-year restatement of the company’s financial statements. According to the SEC’s order, Tandy’s inventory tracking […]