U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 23427 / December 15, 2015
Securities and Exchange Commission v. CAUSwave, Inc., Jeffrey L. Riggs, and Diane R. Baldwin, Civil Action No. 4:15-cv-00197-D (E.D.N.C., filed December 14, 2015)
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday charged a Pittsboro, N.C.-based startup energy company and two executives with defrauding investors in an unregistered stock offering as they purported that a big influx of capital was on the way from a major investor.
According to the SEC’s complaint filed in federal court in Raleigh, N. C. against CAUSwave Inc. and its principals Jeffrey L. Riggs and Diane R. Baldwin:
CAUSwave, Riggs, and Baldwin are charged with, among other things, violating Sections 5(a), 5(c), and 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933. CAUSwave and Riggs are also charged with violating Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. Baldwin is charged with violating Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rules 10b-5(a) and 10b-5(c) thereunder, as well as with aiding and abetting Riggs’s violations of Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5(b) thereunder. Riggs and Baldwin are also charged with aiding and abetting CAUSwave’s violations. The SEC’s complaint seeks permanent injunctions, penalties, disgorgement plus prejudgment interest, and other relief against the defendants.
The SEC appreciates the assistance of the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, Securities Division.