AMG Energy Broker Denied New Trial

AMG Energy Broker Denied New Trial

A Texas federal judge has denied a former AMG Energy broker’s request for a new trial. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s case against the broker involved charges that the broker sold $22 million in unregistered investment vehicles disguised as partnerships in oil and gas drilling. The judge granted summary judgment in favor of the SEC.

SEC Wins Against AMG Energy Broker

The SEC filed a claim against AMG Energy Broker Alfredo Gonzalez for his involvement in an investment scheme that claimed $22 million dollars of investor funds. The scheme, headed by Leon Ali “Alex” Parvizian, lured investors with promises of investment returns achieved through his claimed expertise in managing oil and gas well enterprises.

The SEC contended that Parvizian sold the joint ventures through AMG Energy and R. Thomas & Co. Gonzalez was paid a 12 percent “finder’s fee” for all money that he raised from investors.

Did You Invest with an AMG Energy Broker?

If you invested with AMG Energy broker Alfredo Gonzalez, you may have the right to take legal action.

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If you are looking for an attorney to review your rights and options, the securities lawyers at Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A. have recovered more than $100 million from banks and brokerages firms for their wrongful actions.

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Unregistered Securities Sales violate SEC laws.

Former Broker Settles Over Unregistered Securities Sales

Adviser Sold Unregistered Securities to NFL Players

A former investment adviser for Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo settled charges with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) over allegations that he sold more than $5 million in unregistered securities to NFL players while misrepresenting the investment returns and failing to disclose his financial stake in the deal.

According to the SEC, Sylvester King Jr. failed to verify investment information for clients from the NFL Players Association who invested in Global Village Concerns Inc. (GVC), a now-defunct internet branding company. The adviser failed to tell his clients that he was paid in GVC stock options for soliciting investments in the company. King also was charged with failing to disclose that information to clients. King worked with Morgan Stanley from 2009 to 2011 and then moved to Wells Fargo, where he worked until 2015. During that time, he had roughly 40 current or former NFL players as clients.

King got involved with GVC in 2009, when the CEO of the company approached him about raising money from investors. His clients served as the primary source of money raised for the company, including $3.2 million in two stock offerings and another $2.5 million in convertible note offerings.

Because he failed to disclose his own interest in the deal, he violated the NFLPA code of conduct requiring advisers to disclose their financial interests. The SEC also charged King with misrepresenting or omitting information about GVC.

King allegedly told one client to expect a 20 percent return, and then told another that he saw a 40 percent increase in only 6 months; however, these findings were not based on any facts and there was “no reasonable basis” to quantify that sort of expected return, according to the SEC.

In 2015, King was suspended from associating with any FINRA member brokerage firm for 18 months and ordered to pay a $35,000 fine. FINRA then revoked his registration for failing to pay fines and costs.

Were You Sold Unregistered Securities?

If you invested with Sylvester King Jr. and think you may be caught in a scheme with unregistered securities, or suspect your advisor who failed to disclose his or her interests to you, you may have certain legal rights that require your immediate attention.

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Contact an experienced Los Angeles securities fraud attorney today for a consultation to discuss your rights and options.