Litigation Release No. 22206 / Dec. 21, 2011
SEC v. Myron Weiner, Civil Action No. 11-CV-5731 (E.D.N.Y.) (DLI)(RER)
SEC Obtains Injunction Against Myron Weiner for Unregistered Sales of Spongetech Delivery Systems, Inc. Stock; Weiner Ordered to Pay Over $1.3 Million
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced that on December 19, 2011, the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York, entered a judgment against Myron Weiner. The judgment permanently enjoins Weiner from violating the registration provisions of Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”) and imposes a one-year penny stock bar against Weiner. The judgment also ordered Weiner to pay $1,215,057 in disgorgement, $80,135 in prejudgment interest, and a $50,000 civil penalty. Weiner consented to the entry of the judgment, without admitting or denying the allegations of the Commission’s complaint. Weiner also settled a related forfeiture action brought by the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
The Commission’s civil action against Myron Weiner, filed on November 22, 2011, relates to his unregistered sales of shares of Spongetech Delivery Systems, Inc. (“Spongetech”) in 2009. In its complaint, the Commission alleges that Weiner purchased the shares from a Spongetech affiliate at a discounted price of 5 cents, and then sold the shares into the public market less than three months later for 20 cents, for a profit of $1,215,057. The Commission alleges that Weiner’s conduct violated the registration provisions of Section 5 of the Securities Act, since his sales were not registered with the Commission, and no exemption from the registration requirements of the federal securities laws applied.
The Commission wishes to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service for their assistance and cooperation in connection with this matter.
For further information, see Litigation Release No. 22168 (November 23, 2011).