SEC v. Stefan H. Benger

SEC Complaint against Stefan H. Benger


The SEC alleges that the boiler room scheme victimized residents of the United Kingdom, Germany, and other European countries. According to the complaint, Benger, Meyers, SHB Capital, and International Capital acted as distribution agents for at least eight different U.S. penny stock issuers, agreeing to solicit foreign investors in exchange for commissions that collectively exceed 60 percent of the investor proceeds. The SEC alleges that Benger, Meyers, SHB Capital, and International Capital, in turn, retained foreign sales agents to solicit investors. The foreign sales agents worked for boiler room operations and made cold calls to investors utilizing high pressure sales tactics. The SEC alleges that in connection with these sales, investors were not informed of the exorbitant commissions being collected or were told that no commissions would be charged. The SEC further alleges that Powers, Reinschreiber and Global Financial provided knowing and substantial assistance to the scheme by acting as escrow agents in exchange for a share of the commissions. The escrow agents took custody of approximately $44.2 million in investor funds, disbursed nearly $29 million in investor funds as undisclosed commissions and the remainder to the stock issuers. The SEC also alleges that Handler Thayer acted as an unregistered broker-dealer in connection with its activities as an escrow agent.

The SEC alleges that: Benger, Meyers, SHB Capital and International Capital violated Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Sections 10(b) and 15(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) and Rule 10b-5 thereunder; Powers, Reinschreiber and Global Financial aided and abetted violations of Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder and violated Section 15(a) of the Exchange Act; and Handler Thayer violated Section 15(a) of the Exchange Act.

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Reference Info:Pleadings | Federal, 7th Circuit, Illinois | United States

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