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SEC Shuts Down $102 Million Ponzi Scheme
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington D.C., June 19, 2018 —
According to the SEC’s The complaint alleges that investors were told that their funds would be used for the companies and some were guaranteed dividends or double-digit returns. But, according to the complaint, the defendants spent at least $20 million to enrich themselves,
The complaint charges Perry Santillo, of Rochester, New York, Christopher Parris, also of Rochester, Paul LaRocco, of Ocala, Florida, John Piccarreto, of San Antonio, and Thomas Brenner, of Orville, Ohio, along with the three companies.
“We allege that the defendants engaged in a massive fraud and swindled investors to line their pockets with ill-gotten gains,” said Marc P. Berger, Director of the SEC’s New York Office.
The SEC’s complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, charges Santillo, Parris, LaRocco, Piccarreto, Brenner, and the three issuers with violating the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws. The court granted the SEC’s request for an asset freeze and a temporary restraining order. The court will hold a hearing in 10 days concerning the asset freeze and will consider ordering a preliminary injunction.
The SEC’s continuing investigation is being conducted by Dina Levy, Jordan Baker, and Thomas P. Smith, Jr., and supervised by Lara S. Mehraban. The SEC’s litigation will be led by Dugan Bliss and Ms. Levy. The SEC appreciates the assistance of FINRA.
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