U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 22128 / October 18, 2011
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ryan M. Reynolds, et al., Case No. 3-08 CV-438-B (N.D. Tex.)
SEC OBTAINS JUDGMENT AGAINST TEXAS STOCK PROMOTER JASON WYNN
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that on October 14, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas entered a judgment against Jason Wynn, of Plano, Texas, and two companies under his control – Wynn Holdings LLC and Wynn Industries LLC. The Commission’s amended complaint alleged that Wynn and his companies violated the antifraud and registration provisions of the federal securities laws through a scheme to pump and dump the stock of four issuers: Beverage Creations, Inc., My Vintage Baby, Inc., ConnectAJet.com, Inc. and Alchemy Creative, Inc.
The Commission alleged that Jason Wynn and his companies (1) purchased tens of millions of shares directly from the issuers for pennies per share, (2) touted the stock to investors through a nationwide marketing campaign, and (3) immediately dumped their shares into the public market at grossly inflated prices when no registration statement was filed or in effect. Wynn created artificial demand for the stocks through various ad campaigns, emails and misleading promotional mailers. While the promotional mailers disclosed that the Wynn companies received the stock being touted, they did not disclose that Wynn and his companies intended to sell that stock into the artificially inflated market created by the promotions.
The judgment permanently enjoins Wynn, Wynn Holdings, LLC and Wynn Industries, LLC from violating Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. The judgment also bars Wynn and his companies from participating in any penny stock offerings and provides that they will be ordered to pay disgorgement and civil penalties determined by the district court at a later date. Wynn and his companies consented to the entry of the judgment without admitting or denying the allegations in the Commission’s amended complaint.
Previously, on January 3, 2011, the district court entered a judgment against stock promoter Carlton Fleming and certain entities under his control – Regus Investment Group LLC and Thomas Wade Investments, LLC. The Commission’s case against the remaining defendants – Ryan Reynolds and companies under his control – is pending. The Commission acknowledges the assistance of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in this matter.