U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 23479 / March 3, 2016
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Fortitude Group, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-00050-SPB (W.D. Pa. filed Feb. 29, 2016)
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Strategic Global Investments, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 3:16-cv-00514-H-JLB (S.D. Ca. filed Feb. 29, 2016).
SEC Charges Penny Stock Issuers and Their Principals with Fraud in Connection with Marijuana-Related Investments
The Securities and Exchange Commission charged two penny stock issuers and their principals with fraud for disseminating false and misleading press releases and other related documents about purported involvement in the marijuana industry.
The SEC's complaint against Fortitude Group, Inc. and its CEO, Thomas Parilla, filed in federal court in Pennsylvania on February 29, 2016, alleges that:
The SEC's complaint against Strategic Global Investments, Inc., and its CEO, Andrew T. Fellner, filed in federal court in California on February 29, 2016, alleges that:
Both of the SEC's complaints allege that the defendants violated Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) and Rule 10b-5(b) thereunder. The complaints also allege that each of Parilla and Fellner aided and abetted his respective issuer's violations of Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5(b) thereunder. The complaint against Strategic and Fellner further alleges that both defendants violated Section 17(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, and that Fellner also aided and abetted Strategic's violations of Section 17(a)(2). The Commission's complaints seek permanent injunctions and civil penalties against the defendants, and officer-and-director and penny stock bars, respectively, against Parilla and Fellner.
The Commission's investigation, which is continuing, has been conducted by Cecilia M. Danger, of the Microcap Fraud Task Force and Tonya E. Tullis, and supervised by Jessica M. Weissman of the Miami Regional Office. The Commission's litigation will be led by James M. Carlson.