SEC Charges Three Florida Men in Multi-Million Dollar Securities Fraud

by Wall Street Fraud on September 21, 2012

stockbroker fraud attorneyThe Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed charges against three Florida men for their roles in a $27.5 million investment scheme.

According to the SEC, they deceived investors into believing that they were purchasing securities consisting of “pre-sold” commodities contracts with a pre-determined profit. However, the purported profits actually distributed to investors were largely funds provided by subsequent investors.

The SEC shut down the commodities fraud last year when it obtained an asset freeze and a court-appointed receiver over the two sister companies involved: Commodities Online LLC and Commodities Online Management LLC. The current enforcement action involves the founder and former president of the company, James C. Howard III, as well as the company’s vice president Louis N. Gallo III and outside counsel Michael R. Casey, who later became the president.

“This trio teamed up to employ all the hallmarks of an investment scheme,” said Eric I. Bustillo, Director of the SEC’s Miami Regional Office. “Howard met with prospective investors at a luxury hotel to emanate a false sense of wealth and security, Gallo oversaw an in-house boiler room that drummed up investor interest, and Casey was the company’s purported legal counsel who acted anything but lawyerly.”

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