Apr 28
2021

Avoid These “Investment Plans” When Planning Your Investments

The Texas State Securities Board is warning investors about unregistered online platforms defrauding the public through the sale of so-called “investment plans.” These investment plans often sound appealing – they tend to be tied to blockchain technology, artificial intelligence or foreign...

Apr 15
2021

Dennis Keith Sanders: Guilty Pleas

On February 24, 2021, Dennis Keith Sanders, from Brenham, Texas, pleaded guilty to first degree securities fraud , theft , and money laundering . He was ordered to serve ten years of deferred adjudication community supervision, conditioned on his payment of more than $400,000 in restitution. The...

Apr 1
2021

Firm Agrees to a Refund and Fine for Unreasonable Supervisory System

Independent Financial Group, LLC, as part of a Consent Order that Texas Securities Commissioner, Travis J. Iles entered on April 1, 2021, agreed to refund $276,398.42 to the customers of a former Texas-based representative who implemented a high-risk trading strategy in leveraged exchange-traded...

Mar 18
2021

Commissioner Stops Illegal, Fraudulent and “Dirty” Securities Offering

Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered an emergency cease and desist order against Larry Scott Rogers, from Montgomery and Conroe, Texas. The order accuses him of illegally and fraudulently offering securities to Texans.

The order also names D&S Recruiting DBA Legacy Leads, a...

Mar 17
2021

Securities Commissioner Stops Another Online Forex and Cryptocurrency Scam

Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered an emergency cease and desist order against DailyForex247, an online investment platform, and Ghulam Wardag, its senior account manager. The order accuses the parties of perpetrating an online scam tied to forex trading and cryptocurrency mining....

Mar 15
2021

Commissioner Issues Two Orders Stopping Three Online Investment Scams

Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered a pair of emergency cease and desist orders targeting three unregistered online cryptocurrency and alternative asset investment platforms. The actions stop illegal so-called get-rich-quick schemes fraudulently touting the payment of significant...

Dec 21
2020

Texas Stops Fraudulent “Amazon Store” E-Commerce Partnership Scheme

Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles filed an emergency action to stop a fraudulent investment scheme tied to an online liquidation business based in Austin.

The order accuses Christopher Koozekanani of illegally marketing “secured” partnership interests issued by Prime Liquidators –...

Nov 24
2020

Texas Stops Far-Reaching Online Forex Trading Scheme

Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered an Emergency Cease and Desist Order to stop an aggressive online forex scheme from defrauding the public.

The order found Ameral and TradeGo Forex Exchange have published more than 250 advertisements in craigslist, a popular online...

Nov 24
2020

Commissioner Stops Fraudulent Scheme Promoted to Reddit Users

Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered an Emergency Cease and Desist Order to stop a fraudulent scheme promoted through Reddit, a popular social media platform. Reddit permits users to share links, text posts, and images, and to correspond through private messages. It is one of the most...

Oct 22
2020

Texas Stops Nationwide Telemarketing Fine Wine Brokerage Scheme

(October 22, 2020) Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered an Emergency Cease and Desist Order to shut down an illegal bait-and-switch scheme involving fine wines. The order names Charles Winn, LLC, a UK firm falsely claiming to be in the United States, and seven sales...

Oct 2
2020

State Securities Regulators Release Annual Enforcement Report

On September 23, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) released its annual enforcement report, which shows increasing numbers of investigations and enforcement actions taken by state securities regulators to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the nation’s...

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