SEC Files Subpoena Enforcement Action Against a Network of Cannabis Businesses for Failure to Produce Documents in Investigation
Litigation Release No. 24489 / June 4, 2019
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Covalent Collective, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:19-cv-03721 (N.D. Ill., filed June 4, 2019)
The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced today that it filed a subpoena enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Covalent Collective, Inc. f/k/a Doyen Elements International, Inc. f/k/a Advantameds Solutions, Inc. ("Doyen") for failure to produce documents in an investigation.
The SEC's application alleges that Doyen, through its founder, Geoffrey Thompson, may have violated the registration provisions of the securities laws by engaging in an unregistered offering of securities, and may also have made misleading representations to investors and potential investors about the operations, acquisitions, and projected stock price of Doyen and related entities.
As part of its investigation, the staff in the SEC's Chicago Regional office served Doyen with a document subpoena on October 24, 2018. The SEC's application alleges that Doyen repeatedly refused to produce any documents in response to the subpoena, notwithstanding multiple efforts by the SEC to secure its compliance.
The SEC's application seeks an order from the federal district court compelling Doyen to comply fully with the subpoena. The SEC is continuing its fact-finding investigation and, to date, has not concluded that anyone has violated the securities laws.