News Releases

Sep 16

Texas, Kentucky Enter Orders to Stop Unregistered Oil and Gas Offerings

Texas and Kentucky securities regulators entered emergency orders on Sept. 16 to stop the offering of unregistered investments in an oil-drilling program in Southern Illinois that promises to produce oil wells with a minimum return of 100% within two years and monthly income for 20 years....

Sep 10

State Securities Regulators Release Annual Enforcement Report

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) on Sept. 10 released its annual enforcement report, which shows state securities regulators were responsible for more than $1 billion in monetary relief ordered as a result of state enforcement actions in 2018.

In its 2019...

Aug 12

Unregistered Agent Agrees to Cooperate in Investigation of Oil Investment

Jeremy “JB” Yowell , an unregistered investment promoter for Fort Worth-based Woodland Resources LLC , is cooperating with the Enforcement Division of the State Securities Board in its investigation of the company and its director of operations, longtime oilman Michael E. Patman .


Enforcement Actions: Administrative

Sep 16

Order No. ENF-20-CDO-1787

In the Matter of Kelcas Corp.; Kelcas Ohio River Oil LLC; HOK Global Consulting PTE Ltd. AKA HOK Global Consulting PTD Ltd.; Wilhelm B. Lilliehook; and Hok-Lam Chan AKA Hok Lam Chan: Emergency Cease and Desist Order

Enforcement Actions: Criminal & Civil

Jul 17

Daniel Christopher Walsh: Indicted (Harris County)

A Harris County grand jury indicted Daniel Christopher Walsh July 17 on first degree felony charges of securities fraud, money laundering, and theft in connection with the sale of investments in oil wells that were supposed to be drilled in Galveston County.

The indictments were handed...

Jul 12

Daniel Christopher Walsh: Sentenced, 18 Years

Daniel Christopher Walsh , a Galveston oilman who made money by keeping investor funds in his pockets – not in the ground, drilling wells –was sentenced to 18 years in state prison on July 12 after reaching a plea agreement in his fraud trial in Wichita County.

Walsh pleaded guilty to...

May 1

Danny Ray Digman: Indicted

Danny Ray Digman , who served time in state prison in the early 2000s for operating a fraudulent investment program based on the revenue from mobile ATMs in Central Texas, was indicted May 1 in Randall County on multiple felony charges for allegedly perpetrating the same ATM fraud in the Texas...


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