U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 22498 / September 27, 2012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION v. GLENN GROSSMAN, LAWRENCE STEVEN COHEN, SHAY KEREN, and JOHN ZANIC, Civil Action No. 08-cv-8078 (KMW) (SDNY)
COURT ENTERS FINAL JUDGMENTS BY CONSENT AGAINST SEC DEFENDANTS SHAY KEREN AND LAWRENCE STEVEN COHEN
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that on March 13, 2012, the Honorable Kimba M. Wood, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, entered final judgments by consent against Defendants Shay Keren and Lawrence Steven Cohen. The final judgments permanently enjoin Keren and Cohen from future violations of Sections 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. The final judgments also bar Keren and Cohen from participating in an offering of penny stock for a period of five years.
On September 18, 2008, the SEC filed its complaint against Glenn Grossman, Lawrence Steven Cohen, Shay Keren, and John Zanic (collectively, the “Defendants”) alleging that from at least April 2008, the Defendants engaged in a fraudulent broker bribery scheme designed to manipulate the market for the common stock of Guyana Gold, Corp. The complaint alleges that the Defendants engaged in an undisclosed kickback arrangement with an individual who claimed to represent a group of registered representatives with trading discretion over the accounts of wealthy customers.
For further information, please see Litigation Release Number 20776 (October 8, 2008) [SEC Charges Four Stock Promoters with Market Manipulation] and Litigation Release Number 22184 (December 9, 2011) [Court Enters Final Judgment by Consent Against SEC Defendant Glenn Grossman]
The SEC acknowledges the assistance of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in this matter.