SEC files enforcement action over alleged disclosure misreps against British Columbia issuer and its Vancouver major shareholder

Complaint filed by the SEC The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York this week against RenovaCare, Inc. (the “Company“) and Harmel Rayat (“Rayat“) alleging that material misrepresentations were made in the disclosure material filed by the Company, and that the Company used a secret paid promoter […]

Using complex network analytics to improve litigation and financial crime outcomes

With access to justice becoming a growing problem in Canada, as more people and companies become unable to afford to litigate, or be litigated against, lawyers and governments are turning to technology to find ways to bring down the costs of litigation and of prosecution. Covid-19 has forced us to accelerate the use of technology […]

SEC charges 3 Canadians with various securities violations, including pump and dump schemes, involving over 20 microcap issuers

SEC complaint The US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC“) filed charges against three Canadians, four Americans and nine private companies in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, for numerous violations of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, for alleged manipulative market behaviour, including pump […]

SEC asks California Court to impose US$1M fine against pump and dumper tied to old Vancouver Hell’s Angels house shoot-out case

A very long time ago, July 2007 to be exact, a Shaughnessy mansion located at 1178 Laurier Avenue in Vancouver, Canada, was shot up. No one was hurt. People said that the shooter was a member of the Hell’s Angels, angry over losses he incurred from a pump and dump stock scheme that dumped too […]

Canadian pump & dumper whose tip exposed the US college admissions test scandal, given longer sentence by judge than recommended

Morrie Tobin, the Canadian financier who tipped authorities off about the college admissions scandal, was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison after pleading guilty to securities fraud for pumping and dumping stocks. Despite his crucial tip and his cooperation in the investigation that led to the college admissions prosecutions, the judge […]

Two Canadian money launderers living in paradise tried to “stay good” but couldn’t because they were addicted to cash

The US Attorney in Florida today announced that a Canadian, Brooks Thomas Nesbitt, was sentenced to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to wire fraud in connection with a money laundering securities fraud scheme. Nesbitt, originally from Thornhill, Ontario, ran several boiler room operations with another Canadian, Mary Kathryn Marr, which took in over […]