U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 20344 / October 24, 2007
SEC v. Calypso Financial, LLC, Calypso Financial One, LLC, Calypso Financial Two, LLC, Calypso Financial Three, LLC, Calypso Financial Four, LLC, Calypso Financial Five, LLC, Calypso Financial Six, LLC, and Emilee Petersen Golding and relief defendants Siren Network, LLC, Capri Development, LLC and WTG Development Gateway, LLC, Case No. 2:07 CV 807B (USDC D.Ut.)
SEC Files Civil Action Against Calypso Financial, LLC, Emilee Petersen Golding and Six Other Entities and Obtains Asset Freeze Against those Defendants and Three Relief Defendants
The Commission has filed a civil action seeking a permanent injunction against Calypso Financial, LLC, Emilee Petersen Golding (Petersen) and six other entities in connection with Calypso and Petersen's fraudulent offers and sales of approximately $20 million in notes. The Court also froze the assets of Calypso, Petersen, the six other defendants and the assets of the three relief defendants, all of which are related to Petersen, for a period of 14 days.
The complaint alleges the defendants have obtained investments of at least $20 million from the fraudulent offering of notes issued by Calypso and the other six entities, all of which are controlled by Petersen. The defendants allegedly promised returns to investors of 4% to 15% a month ostensibly through investments in real estate. However, it is alleged that the defendants actually operated a Ponzi scheme in which returns paid to earlier investors were paid from funds invested by new investors. It is also alleged that Petersen made a variety of misrepresentations to investors in the offer of notes issued by her companies including: (1) funds invested in the notes would be used to develop real estate or invest in other business ventures; and (2) the high rates of return were the result of her successful operations. The Commission's complaint further alleges that Petersen provided fictitious financial statements to investors to solicit their funds. Finally, it is alleged that the defendants' operations generated only minimal income, investor funds were used primarily to pay the high interest due to other noteholders, and that Petersen used some of the invested funds to make personal investments for herself and to lease three cars and to pay for cosmetic surgery
It is alleged that through this conduct the defendants violated Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) and Rule 10b-5 thereunder.