SEC Suspends Expels 379 Dormant Shell Companies to Deter Securities Fraud

by Wall Street Fraud on May 21, 2012

Philadelphia Securities fraud attorneyThe Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended trading in the securities of 379 dormant companies. According to the SEC, it took action before they could be used to defraud investors.

The trading suspension marks the most companies ever suspended in a single day by the SEC. It was part of a crackdown against fraud involving microcap shell companies that are inactive and not current in their public disclosures.

According to the SEC, the existence of empty shell companies can be a financial boon to stock manipulators who will pay as much as $750,000 to assume control of the company in order to execute pump and dump scams. However, now that the trading suspension obligates them to provide updated financial information in order to resume trading, these shell companies have been rendered essentially worthless and useless to scam artists.

"Empty shell companies are to stock manipulators and pump-and-dump schemers what guns are to bank robbers — the tools by which they ply their illegal trade," said Robert Khuzami, Director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement. "This massive trading suspension unmasks these empty shell companies and deprives unscrupulous scam artists of the opportunity to profit at the expense of unsuspecting retail investors."

For more on trading suspension, please check back tomorrow.

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