Litigation Release No. 21510 / April 30, 2010

Securities and Exchange Commission v. TierOne Converged Networks, Inc., Kevin Mark Weaver, and Ronald Celmer, Civil Action No. 3:10 -CV-00840 United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Dallas Division).

SEC Brings Settled Civil Charges against TierOne Converged Networks, Inc. and its Senior Officers for Misrepresentations and Omissions, and Obtains Corporate Monitor

On April 27, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil action in United States District Court in Dallas, Texas against TierOne Converged Networks, Inc., CEO Kevin Mark Weaver, and CFO Ronald Celmer. The Commission's complaint alleges that, from July 2006 to April 2009, TierOne raised almost $9.5 million from approximately 200 investors nationwide using incomplete and misleading offering documents. Among other things, the Commission alleges that TierOne's offering documents before June 2008 failed to mention Weaver's FINRA disciplinary history, and did not disclose over $685,000 of loans TierOne made to Weaver and Celmer over the preceding three years. The complaint further alleges that offering materials exaggerated the status of the company's agreements with customers and other third parties and the proprietary nature of TierOne's software.

Without admitting or denying the Commission's allegations, TierOne, Weaver and Celmer settled the Commission's charges by consenting to entry of a final judgment enjoining them from violating Sections 5(a) and (c) and 17(a)(2) and (a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933, and against engaging any unregistered persons to offer or sell TierOne securities. The judgment also directs Weaver and Celmer each to pay a $25,000 civil penalty. The defendants also consented to entry of an order appointing a special master to monitor TierOne's disclosures, stock offerings and processes for qualifying accredited investors, for two years.

The Commission acknowledges the assistance of the Texas State Securities Board in this matter.

See Also: SEC Complaint


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