News Releases

Jul 12

Galveston Oilman Sentenced to 18 Years for Defrauding Investors

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...

Jul 11

Gusher of Debt: Texas Oilman Concealing Bankruptcies, Fraud, Sanctions

In soliciting Texans for investments in oil wells promising annualized returns of up to 70%, Michael E. Patman of Woodland Resources LLC is touting his decades of earning profits for investors through oil and gas drilling programs.

Patman’s public record, however, shows a gusher of debt...

Jul 10

Clear Enough? Houston Adviser Fined for Violating Plain Language Rule

Grove Capital Management Inc . paid a $5,000 fine and has been ordered to improve its compliance procedures after failing for eight years to use a form designed to provide disclosures to clients in plain language.

Texas Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles on July 9 entered a...

Enforcement Actions: Administrative

Jul 10

Order No. ENF-19-CDO-1783

In the Matter of Woodland Resources LLC; Woodland Operating LLC; AKA WY Woodland Operating LLC; Michael E. Patman; Jeremy Bryan Yowell AKA JB Yowell; and Brett Kroh: Emergency Cease and Desist Order

Jul 9

Order No. REG19-CAF-05

In the Matter of the Investment Adviser Registration of FRA Wealth Management LLC: Fine, Reprimand

Jul 9

Order No. IC19-CAF-03

In the Matter of the Investment Adviser Registration of Grove Capital Management Inc.: Fine, Reprimand

Enforcement Actions: Criminal & Civil

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...

Mar 12

William Neil Gallagher: Indicted

William Neil “Doc” Gallagher , who promoted his investment business on Christian radio and in books like “Jesus Christ, Money Master,” was arrested March 8 on first-degree state felony charges of securities fraud and money laundering in Dallas County. Prosecutors disclosed the arrest on March...

Feb 19

Christopher Matthew Meredith: Indicted

Christopher Matthew Meredith was indicted Feb. 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on charges that he defrauded individuals in Brenham who invested in a company Meredith said would open medical marijuana dispensaries in conjunction with the federal government....


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