U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 19779 / July 27, 2006
SEC v. Roderic Lee Boling III, et al., CV 06-1329 (D.D.C., filed July 27, 2006)
United States v. Roderic Boling, CR05119ESH (D.D.C., July 27, 2006)
SEC Charges Florida Promoters and the Voice Behind Fraudulent "Wrong Number" Stock Tips
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the filing of civil charges against Anna and Roderic Boling of Altamonte Springs, Florida and Jeffrey Mills of Longwood, Florida and his company, Direct Results of Sweetwater, LLC, for the broadcasting of hundreds of thousands of fraudulent "wrong number" stock tip messages. The messages, which were left on telephone voicemail recording machines throughout the country, were designed to make each recipient believe the caller had dialed the number by mistake. Many of the messages were left by a woman calling herself "Debbie" who sounded as if she had misdialed when calling a friend to pass along a hot stock tip.
The SEC filed its complaint in the District of Columbia, charging that Mills, Mills' company, Direct Results of Sweetwater, LLC, and the then husband-and-wife team of Roderic and Anna Boling were behind the broadcasting of hundreds of thousands of "wrong number" touts of at least six microcap stocks. The complaint alleges that Anna Boling recorded many of the messages over the phone from her Altamonte Springs home while her then husband, Roderic Boling, directed an Augusta, Georgia-based telemarketer to broadcast the messages. The complaint further alleges that Jeffrey Mills, who profited from trading in at least two of the touted stocks, paid Roderic Boling with a blue duffel bag of cash during a trip to a Gulfport, Mississippi casino. During that same trip, Roderic Boling paid the telemarketer with cash taken from that duffel bag.
In its action, the Commission seeks permanent injunctive relief, disgorgement of illegal profits with prejudgment interest, and civil monetary penalties based on each of the defendants' alleged violations of antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws, Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, and Anna Boling's alleged aiding and abetting of those violations.
The SEC's action was brought contemporaneously with a related action by the U. S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia in which Roderic Boling, Anna Boling, and Jeffrey Mills are charged with conspiracy, securities fraud, and seven counts of wire fraud.
The Commission first cautioned the public about these and similar messages touting microcap stocks, in an August 2004 Investor Alert, after which the Augusta telemarketer stopped broadcasting the messages. On May 3, 2005, the Commission filed a settled action against the telemarketer and associated companies.
The Commission would like to acknowledge the assistance of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, NASD, and the many members of the public who responded to the Commission's Investor Alert by sending in information about the "wrong number" messages they had received.
For additional information, see Litigation Release No. 19213 (May 3, 2005).