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Jan 10

Texas State Securities Board Announces Top Investor Threats for 2022

The Texas State Securities Board [TSSB] today released an annual list of top investor threats and urged caution before purchasing popular and volatile unregulated investments — especially those involving cryptocurrency and digital assets. TSSB also announced guidance for investors, including steps...
Nov 10

X Does Not Mark the Spot: Commissioner Stops Treasure Growth Investments from Fraudulently Offering Cryptocurrency Cloud Mining Investments in Texas

November 10, 2021. Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered an emergency cease and desist order against Treasure Growth LLC aka Treasure Growth Investments, a cryptocurrency cloud mining firm that claims to be organized in Oregon and located in Florida. The order also names Juliet Gilbert, its...
Nov 3

What Happens In Las Vegas Stays In Las Vegas… Unless It’s a Fraudulent Gambling Investment Scheme Targeting Texans.

On November 3, 2021, Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered an emergency cease and desist order against Paganelli Enterprises, LLC, Christopher Dino Paganelli and AP Hedge. According to the order, the parties are located in Las Vegas but have been fraudulently soliciting Texas residents to...

Enforcement Actions: Administrative

Nov 10

Order No. ENF-21-CDO-1856

In the Matter of Treasure Growth LLC aka Treasure Growth aka Treasure Growth Investment aka Treasure Growth Investments; Juliet Gilbert; Charles Koehler; and Katherine Chen: Emergency Cease and Desist Order

Nov 5

Order No. ENF-21-CDO-1855 / SOAH Docket 312-20-4583

In the Matter of Senior Asset Protection, Inc., d/b/a Encore Financial Solutions: Order Affirming Emergency Cease and Desist Order

Nov 3

Order No. ENF-21-CDO-1854

In the Matter of Paganelli Enterprises, LLC, Christopher Dino Paganelli and AP Hedge aka APHedge aka Advantage Player Hedge: Emergency Cease and Desist Order 

Enforcement Actions: Criminal & Civil

Oct 29

Former Registered Securities Professional Entered a Plea to Securities Fraud and other Crimes

On October 29, 2021, Derrick R. Trussell (CRD No. 5197550) entered a plea of no contest to securities fraud, securing execution of a document by deception and misapplication of fiduciary property in Cause No. 2019-CR-5767B, in the 175th Judicial District Court of Bexar County, Texas. Trussell was...
Oct 28

Warning to Victims of Rare Earth Exploration LLC, Bradley Sherman Haycraft and Timothy Taylor

The Texas State Securities Board is warning investors in Rare Earth Exploration LLC about a fake financial settlement scam involving the Gordon Black & Associates Law Firm and International Corporate Entity Inc. Scammers claiming to be employees of Gordon Black & Associates are contacting investors...
Oct 15

Larry Steve Bassett - Indicted

On October 15, 2021, a grand jury sitting in Lee County, Texas, indicted Larry Steve Bassett for first-degree securities fraud, theft and money laundering. The charges relate to his alleged unlawful sale of investments in a trading program to 15 victims for approximately $1.5M. Bassett is accused of...


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