Litigation Release No. 22437 / August 7, 2012
SEC v. The Companies (TC), LLC, et al., Civil No.: 2:12-cv-00765-DN (USDC Utah, Filed July 6, 2012).
SEC CHARGES REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COMPANY AND ITS PRINCIPALS WITH OFFERING FRAUD
On July 6, 2012 the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a Complaint in federal district court against The Companies (TC), LLC (“The Companies”) and its principals, Kristoffer A. Krohn (“Kris Krohn”), Stephen R. Earl (“Earl”), and former officer, Michael K. Krohn (“Mike Krohn”) (collectively “Defendants”).
The Companies, directly and through related companies and subsidiaries, purchases distressed real estate for investment. The Complaint alleges that to raise money to purchase real estate, The Companies or its subsidiary, Alpha Real Estate Holdings, L.P. (“Alpha LP”), initiated four unregistered offerings of securities from January 2009 to June 2011. Kris Krohn, Earl, and Mike Krohn participated in the offerings by providing content for and approval of the private placement memoranda (“PPMs”) used to solicit investors and by directly offering the securities to investors. The four offerings raised a total of approximately $11.9 million from approximately 169 investors. The PPMs contained material misrepresentations and omissions related to, among other things, the value of properties to be purchased or that were owned by the Companies or Alpha LP.
In addition to containing false representations, each of the four offerings relied on the exemption to registration under Regulation D, Rule 506. The offerings did not qualify for the Rule 506 exemption because Defendants solicited investors through general solicitation at meetings that were open to the public.
The Defendants consented to entry of judgments against them without admitting or denying the allegations in the SEC’s complaint. Each of the Defendants consented to a judgment permanently enjoining them from violations of Sections 5(a), 5(c), and 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933. In addition, The Companies agreed to undertake to inform all investors in writing of the final judgment, provide audited financial statements, and offer return of consideration for investors who choose to return their securities to The Companies after receiving the written disclosures. Kris Krohn, Mike Krohn, and Earl have also agreed to pay civil monetary penalties of $75,000 each.