U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 21965 / May 12 , 2011
COURT ENTERS JUDGMENT OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION AGAINST LUIS FELIPE PEREZ AND THE COMMISSION DISMISSES ITS MONEY CLAIMS AGAINST PEREZ IN LIGHT OF HIS 10-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE AND $14 MILLION RESTITUTION ORDERS IN PARALLEL CRIMINAL ACTION
SEC v. Luis Felipe Perez, Case No. 1:10-CV-21804-Martinez/McAliley (S.D. Fla.)
The Commission announced that on May 9, 2011, the Honorable Jose E. Martinez, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida, entered judgment of permanent injunction against Luis Felipe Perez. Perez consented to the entry of an injunction against future violations of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. In addition, the Commission dismissed its claims for disgorgement, prejudgment interest, and a civil penalty against Perez based on his criminal sentences and restitution orders in Case Nos. 10-20584-CR and 10-20411-CR before the Southern District of Florida.
On June 2, 2010, the Commission filed its complaint against Perez alleging that he orchestrated a $40 million Ponzi scheme with funds primarily raised from investors in the Miami Hispanic community to purportedly support jewelry businesses and pawn shops.
For more information on earlier actions in this case, see LR-21544 (June 2, 2010).