Commission Revokes Registration of Securities of HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. For Failure to Make Required Periodic Filings
On April 10, 2012, the Commission instituted a settled proceeding pursuant to Section 12(j) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) revoking the registration of each class of registered securities of HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. (HQS) (stock symbol HQSM.PK) for failure to make required periodic filings with the Commission.
Without admitting or denying the findings of the Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings, Making Findings, and Revoking Registration of Securities Pursuant to Section 12(j) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Order), except as to jurisdiction, which HQS admitted, HQS consented to the entry of the Order finding that HQS failed to comply with Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act and Rules 13a-1 and 13a-13 thereunder and revoking the registration of each class of HQS’s securities pursuant to Section 12(j) of the Exchange Act. The Order found that HQS has not filed an annual report on Form 10-K since March 15, 2010, or quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for any fiscal period subsequent to its fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2010. Based on the above, the Order revoked the registration of each class of HQS’s securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act.
Brokers and dealers should be alert to the fact that Section 12(j) of the Exchange Act provides, in pertinent part, as follows:
(Rel. 34-66775; File No. 3-14839)
Former Syntax-Brillian Corp. Chief Executive Officer Ordered to Pay More Than $11 Million For Insider Trading and Financial Fraud
On April 4, 2012, Judge Susan R. Bolton of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona entered a final judgment against James Li, the former Chief Executive Officer and Director of Syntax-Brillian Corporation (“Syntax”), a developer of high-definition LCD televisions based in Tempe, Arizona. The Court ordered Li to pay disgorgement of $1,673,481, prejudgment interest of $575,472.93, an insider trading penalty of $4,540,443, and a civil penalty of $4,810,000 for his role in the financial fraud scheme. The Commission has previously obtained a permanent injunction against Li from future violations of, among other things, the antifraud, reporting, books and records, internal controls, and misrepresentation to auditor provisions of the federal securities laws. The Court also imposed an officer and director bar against Li.
According to the SEC’s Complaint, from at least June 2006 through April 2008, Li and other members of Syntax’s senior management engaged in a complex scheme to overstate Syntax’s revenues and earnings and artificially inflate its stock price. As a result, Syntax reported false and misleading financial statements beginning in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006, through the fiscal first quarter ended September 30, 2007. The scheme included the creation of fictitious sales and shipping documents and coordinating the circular transfer of funds among and between Syntax, its primary manufacturer in Taiwan, and its purported distributor in Hong Kong to make it appear that fake invoices were being paid.
The Court previously ordered defendant Thomas Chow to pay disgorgement of $10,370,317, prejudgment interest of $2,567,483, an insider trading penalty of $30,849,951, and a civil penalty of $4,680,000 for his role in the financial fraud scheme, as well as permanently enjoining him from violating the federal securities laws. The Court also issued permanent injunctions against defendants Roger Kao, Christopher Liu, Wayne Pratt, and Robert Chiu, and imposed monetary sanctions. In addition, the Commission obtained officer and director bars against Chow, Liu, and Pratt, and issued an administrative order suspending Pratt and Chiu from appearing or practicing before the Commission as an accountant with the right to reapply after five years.
On March 5, 2012, the Commission, pursuant to Section 12(j) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), revoked the registration of each class of Syntax’s securities registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act. [SEC v. James Li (a/k/a Ching Hua Li), Thomas Chow (a/k/a Man Kit Chow), Roger Kao (a/k/a Chao Chun Kao), Christopher Liu (a/k/a Chi Lei Liu), and Wayne A. Pratt, Civil Action No. CV-11-1712-PHX-SRB (SRB) (D. Ariz.) (LR-22324; AAE Rel. 3379)
Proposed Rule Changes
NYSE Arca, Inc. filed a proposed rule change (SR-NYSEArca-2012-25) pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 19b-4 thereunder relating to listing and trading of the WisdomTree Brazil Bond Fund under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.600. Publication is expected in the Federal Register during the week of April 9. (Rel. 34-66753)
NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC filed a proposed rule change (SR-Phlx-2012-40) relating to quarterly trading requirements applicable to Registered Options Traders. Publication is expected in the Federal Register during the week of April 9. (Rel. 34-66767)
A proposed rule change submitted by The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (SR-NASDAQ-2012-048) relating to customer fees and rebates in penny pilot options has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Publication is expected in the Federal Register during the week of April 9. (Rel. 34-66768)
The Commission issued a notice of filing of a proposed rule change by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, consisting of a restatement of an interpretive notice concerning the application of MSRB Rule G-17 to sophisticated municipal market professionals (SR-MSRB-2012-05). Publication is expected in the Federal Register during the week of April 9. (Rel. 34-66772)
Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change
A proposed rule change filed by Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (SR-CBOE-2012-033) related to FLEX options has become effective under Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Publication is expected in the Federal Register during the week of April 9. (Rel. 34-66769)
Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change
A proposed rule change filed by Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) to comply with revisions to CFTC regulations governing derivatives clearing organizations (SR-CME-2012-09) has been approved on an accelerated basis pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Publication is expected in the Federal Register during the week of April 9. (Rel. 34-66773)
Approval of Proposed Rule Change
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. filed Amendment No. 1 to a proposed rule change (SR-FINRA-2011-075) pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to amend Rule 13024 of the Code of Arbitration Procedure for Industry Disputes to preclude collective action claims from being arbitrated and the Commission has approved the proposed rule change as modified by Amendment No. 1. Publication is expected in the Federal Register during the week of April 9. (Rel. 34-66774)
The following registration statements have been filed with the SEC under the Securities Act of 1933. The reported information appears as follows: Form, Name, Address and Phone Number (if available) of the issuer of the security; Title and the number and/or face amount of the securities being offered; Name of the managing underwriter or depositor (if applicable); File number and date filed; Assigned Branch; and a designation if the statement is a New Issue.
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S-1 BROADCAST INTERNATIONAL INC, 7050 UNION PARK AVENUE, #600, SALT LAKE CITY, UT, 84047, 801-562-2252 - 46,320,000 ($14,127,600.00) Equity, (File 333-180621 - Apr. 9) (BR. 02C) S-1 GBS Enterprises Inc, 585 MOLLY LANE, WOODSTOCK, GA, 30189, 404-474-7256 - 8,064,000 ($9,515,520.00) Equity, (File 333-180626 - Apr. 9) (BR. 02C) S-3ASR PARTNERRE LTD, WELLESLEY HOUSE SOUTH, 90 PITTS BAY ROAD, PEMBROKE, D0, HM 08, 14412920888 - 0 ($0.00) Unallocated (Universal) Shelf, (File 333-180628 - Apr. 9) (BR. 01B) S-8 TECHNEST HOLDINGS INC, 352A CHRISTOPHER AVENUE, GAITHERSBURG, MD, 20879, 301-767-2810 - 53,000,000 ($1,007,000.00) Equity, (File 333-180629 - Apr. 9) (BR. 10C) S-3ASR ALEXANDERS INC, 210 ROUTE 4 EAST, PARAMUS, NJ, 07652, 201-587-1000 - 0 ($0.00) Other, (File 333-180630 - Apr. 9) (BR. 08C) S-1 NOVELOS THERAPEUTICS, INC., ONE GATEWAY CENTER, SUITE 504, NEWTON, MA, 02458, 617-244-1616 - 0 ($10,000,000.00) Equity, (File 333-180631 - Apr. 9) (BR. 01A) S-3ASR COLONIAL PROPERTIES TRUST, 2101 SIXTH AVE N STE 750, STE 750, BIRMINGHAM, AL, 35203, 205-250-8700 - 0 ($1.00) Equity, (File 333-180632 - Apr. 9) (BR. 08C) S-1 ENTEST BIOMEDICAL, INC., 4700 SPRING STREET, ST 203, LA MESA, CA, 91941, (619) 702-1404 - 23,521,800 ($183,470.04) Equity, (File 333-180633 - Apr. 9) (BR. 05B) S-8 JUNIPER NETWORKS INC, 1194 NORTH MATHILDA AVE, SUNNYVALE, CA, 94089, 4087452000 - 0 ($4,857,472.38) Equity, (File 333-180634 - Apr. 9) (BR. 03A)
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