U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 21719 / November 2, 2010
[Securities and Exchange Commission v. Javeed A. Matin and Wilshire Equity, Inc., U. S. District Court for the Central District of California, Civil Action No. EDCV10-1686VAP (DTBx) (filed Nov. 1, 2010)]
SEC ALLEGES "PUMP AND DUMP" MARKET MANIPULATION BY FORMER CEO OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA APPAREL COMPANY
The Securities & Exchange Commission announced that it charged a Southern California businessman, Javeed Matin, age 52, of Diamond Bar, Calif., for engaging in a scheme to pump up the stock of his former apparel company, Veltex Corp.
The Commission's complaint alleges that, beginning in at least 2006 through August 2008, Matin perpetuated a "pump and dump" scheme in which he arranged for a company to acquire newly issued shares of Veltex, made false representations about Veltex's business prospects, and then caused the company to sell its shares into the resulting market. According to the complaint, while Matin was Veltex's CEO, he funneled about 10.5 million Veltex shares in an unregistered offering to a company he controlled, Wilshire Equity, Inc. The complaint further alleges that Matin enlisted a figurehead over Wilshire, Mazhar Ul Haque, who immediately resold Veltex shares to the public at Matin's direction. The complaint also alleges that Matin contemporaneously touted Veltex by issuing a series of false and misleading press releases grossly inflating Veltex's revenues, embellishing its overseas operations, and assuring investors that Veltex's financial statements were being audited. The complaint alleges during this time Veltex's stock price fluctuated between $0.33 and $3.30 and that Matin generated approximately $6.5 million from the sale of Veltex shares through Wilshire.
The complaint alleges that Matin and Wilshire violated the securities registration and antifraud provisions of the securities laws. The Commission seeks permanent injunctions against each defendant, and disgorgement, prejudgment interest, and civil penalties, and additionally as to Matin, a conduct-based injunction barring him from offering unregistered securities in the future.
In a separate administrative action instituted on November 1, the Commission ordered Haque to cease-and-desist from committing violations of the securities registration provisions. In the Matter of Mazar Ul Haque, Admin. Proc. File No. 3-14103, Securities Exchange Act Release No. 33-9155 (Nov. 1, 2010).
See Also: SEC Complaint