Florida stock broker fraud attorneys well understand the underpinnings of the 2012 case of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) versus First Resource Group, LLC, in which company principal David H. Stern was “charged with 3 counts of fraud.” The crime of fraud, in general, consists of deliberate misrepresentations–or omissions–of facts in order to profit, often at the expense of others.
In this case–Mr. Stern, of Florida, set himself up in 2008 as a stockbroker when, in reality, his company had never been “registered with the SEC.” He sold stocks using “instruments of interstate commerce and the U.S. mail to knowingly and recklessly employ devices, schemes, or artifices to defraud investors.” David Stern’s “devices and schemes” played out as follows:
Signing a contract with 2 companies to “solicit investors” for their stock, Stern sought to aid TrinityCare Senior Living, Inc., which built and managed senior-care housing and Cytta Corp., which composed medical data software. He was given 150,000 shares of TrinityCare and 200,000 shares of Cytta for his trouble.