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Litigation Release No. 22883 / December 3, 2013

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Thomas Gaffney et al., Civil Action No. 13-cv-61765-SCOLA/VALLE

District Court Enters Final Judgment of Permanent Injunction and Orders a Penny Stock and Officer-And-Director Bar Against Defendant Thomas Gaffney

The Commission announced that on November 20, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered a Final Judgment of Permanent Injunction and Other Relief by consent against Defendant Thomas Gaffney, enjoining him from violations of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act") and Exchange Act Rule 10b-5(a).

In addition, United States District Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., permanently barred Gaffney from participating in an offering of penny stock, including engaging in activities with a broker, dealer, or issuer for purposes of issuing, trading, or inducing or attempting to induce the purchase or sale of any penny stock. The Court also permanently barred him from acting as an officer or director of any issuer that has a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act or that is required to file reports pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act.

The Commission commenced this action by filing its Complaint on August 14, 2013, against Gaffney and Health Sciences Group, Inc. ("HESG"). The Complaint alleged the defendants engaged in a fraudulent scheme involving HESG's stock, illicit kickbacks, and phony agreements to mask those kickbacks.

For more information on earlier actions in this case, see Litigation Release No. 22780 (August 14, 2013).



Modified: 12/03/2013