The Securities and Exchange Commission is suing Morgan Peabody Inc. owner and chief executive officer Davis Williams for allegedly misappropriating investor funds that were raised in three public offerings. Also named in the complaint were Williams Financial Group, Sherwood, and WFG Holdings. The defendants are accused of violating federal securities laws, including Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, and Rule 10b-5 thereunder.
The SEC says that from January 2007 – September 2008, Williams notified Morgan Peabody registered representatives that they should sell and offer LLC promissory notes and debentures from WFG Holdings Inc. and Sherwood Secured Income Fund. He then allegedly used millions of dollars (he’d raised $9 million from investors) for personal purposes, including rent at his residence that cost almost $50,000 a month, at least $175,000 in personal travel, and over $200,000 in entertainment and food.
The SEC claims that WFG Holdings investors thought that their money was being invested in Morgan Peabody. Meantime, Sherwood investors were notified that most of their money would go into real estate. Instead, the SEC contends that Williams moved the investors’ money into bank accounts that he oversaw and used the money for personal purposes.
More than 100 investors in nine states purchased the securities. The SEC is seeking disgorgement, injunctive relief, and civil penalties.
Obtaining Financial Recovery from Securities Fraud
Investors that are the victims of securities fraud may be entitled to financial recovery. An experienced stockbroker fraud law firmcan help you successfully get through arbitration or court proceedings so that you recover your lost funds.
Related Web Resources:
SEC sues L.A. broker for fraud, Dailybreeze.com, April 21, 2009
SEC Charges Owner of California Broker-Dealer with Misappropriating Millions in Investor Funds, TradingMarkets.com, April 21, 2009
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