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Transfer Agent Investigated by SEC Connected to a Noveshen Pump-and-Dump Scam

On May 25, 2016 a cease and desist was issued by the SEC against transfer agent American Registrar & Transfer Company.

This is the same transfer agent the consulting team led by Ajene Watson consisting of Eric Noveshen insisted that microcap company Simulated Enviornment Concepts, INC (SMEV)  use as a TA so that defendants, including Noveshen, could “control and influence” the transfer agent during their manipulation of SMEV’s stock price.

Click to access 33-10082.pdf

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Connection to SMEV Stock and a list of some companies American Registrar & Transfer Co. associated with from http://www.otcmarkets.com

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Below are parts of the complaint detailing the pump and dump scheme allegedly lead by Ajene Watson, and the entire complaint is here:

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SMEV Compaint Cover

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The SEC defines the important role of transfer agents in preventing microcap fraud scams below:

Revisiting the Role and Regulation of Transfer Agents

https://www.sec.gov/News/Speech/Detail/Speech/1370540828740

“Obviously, when trillions of dollars are involved, it is important that transfer agents fulfill their responsibilities with accuracy and professionalism.  And, fortunately, that is usually the case.

Another critical responsibility of transfer agents is to keep track of the restrictive legends and “stop transfer” orders that distinguish restricted securities and control shares from freely-tradable securities.  As such, transfer agents are often in a position to prevent unregistered securities from being distributed in violation of the Securities Act.  This gatekeeper role takes on particular importance with microcap securities because typically there is little, if any, meaningful disclosure or independent research regarding such companies.  The potential for fraud and abuse in the microcap markets is well-known.[27]  Indeed, violations of the registration provisions are often associated with microcap pump-and-dump schemes and other penny stock fraud.

In fact, the Commission has brought numerous cases against transfer agents who violate federal securities law in connection with fraudulent pump-and-dump schemes.[28]  You can expect the Commission to bring more cases since, as many of you know, the Division of Enforcement has created a Microcap Fraud Task Force that will, among other things, target gatekeepers such as transfer agents, attorneys, and auditors who participate in pump-and-dump schemes and penny stock fraud.[29]

Unfortunately, in addition to those transfer agents that are active participants in fraud, there are also those transfer agents that have been duped into removing restrictive legends from stock certificates; as a result, unregistered securities have been illegally sold in the public markets.  Frequently, this occurs on the basis of fraudulent attorney opinion letters[30]  Often, however, transfer agents have acted in the face of numerous red-flags warning of an illegal stock offering.[31]  This occurs with enough regularity that I believe the Commission should clarify the steps that could be taken by transfer agents and other gatekeepers to prevent violations in the microcap space.[32]

Microcap companies – SEC Says Check Out People Running The Company

The SEC, in a page designed to help those interested in investing in Microcap stocks advises people to check out the people running the company. What happens when that information is concealed? Investors often feel the rub.

Microcap companies – What’s So Important About Public Information?

In the microcap world, consultants or people who lend money to micro companies who then can’t pay the debts back then have to pay in large blocks of stock, which they usually sell off fast and drive the price of the stock to nothing. Often, the same consultants and lenders go from company to company repeating the same frauds. Investors have a right to know the history of an individual in control of their money. If an individual has any ties to past scam companies, this information is either totally concealed or hard to find.

“Of potentially greater concern is that the lack of reliable, readily available information about some microcap companies can open the door to fraud. It’s easier for fraudsters to manipulate a stock when there’s little or no information available about the company.”

“Publicly-available information about microcap stocks, including penny stocks  often is scarce.  This makes it easier for fraudsters to spread false information.  In addition, it is often easier for fraudsters to manipulate the price of microcap stocks because microcap stocks historically have been less liquid than the stock of larger companies.”

Before investing in a microcap, the SEC advises:

  1. Read carefully the most recent reports the company has filed with the SEC and pay attention to the company’s financial statements, particularly if they are not audited or not certified by an accountant.
  2. Check out the people running the company with your state securities regulator, and find out if they’ve ever made money for investors before. Also ask whether the people running the company have had run-ins with the regulators or other investors.

Who pulling the strings inside a company is a significant information that investors in all types of publicly traded companies should have the right to.  But often if you read the fine print of a financial report you will find a statement like these: (pulled from real reports)

“On September 4, 2015, the Company entered into a consulting agreement, effective October 1, 2015, for an initial term of three months”

“the Company entered into consulting agreements with four sons of its President, for their respective consulting services at a rate of $29,000, respectively.”

With Who? Or the consulting agreement will be with a company, you have no idea who the actual people are you’re giving your money to. If you look up the company it can be some ambiguous company registered to another company.

Information is investors best weapon against fraud. Fraudsters don’t want their information public.

This is why we support reporters like Teri Buhl, be thank ful for her trademark “Smashmouth Investigative Journalism” probing and asking the questions and reporting stories fraudsters don’t want told. She dug deep into the NIR debocal that caused investors to lose millions that the government could never recover. All this is relevant to this site because of NIRs storied PIPE deal finder Eric Noveshen – knowing the players is important when thousands of people have their money on the line.http://www.teribuhl.com/2011/11/23/pwc-says-nir-group-doesnt-have-access-to-dealer-market/

Some of the comments posted on her reports:

I have lost a huge portion of my retirement in the NIR fund, AJW Offshore. Corey Ribotsky seems to be doing well and I need to contact him regarding my losses. I need Corey’s phone or email address. Help!

December 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm
Can you please look into the NIR payment arrangement with the Itronics settlement.
I think you’ll be startled at what you uncover. In a nutshell, Itronics has been committing fraud on multiple levels. They agreed to settle with NIR for $8M+ payable in shares or cash. The company has zero cash yet they only added about $600k worth of shares to their outstanding share count since the May 4, 2011 payout commencement date. This means NIR is being paid in something other than just shares. It’s widely speculated that ITRO is grossly understating revenues and selling silver off the books to pay this settlement or some other nefarious scheme. Perhaps they have a deal with silver? Nobody knows for sure but I’d bet my bottom dollar that NIR is receiving dirty money from ITRO and may very well be complicit in the scheme.

Itronics the good ole fertilizer company, Eric Noveshen had his hand in that cookie jar. Last year he claimed he wasn’t connected to NIR, for good reason, but don’t investors have the right to know? https://www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2011/lr22106.htm

From a 2009 deposition of Corey Ribotsky:

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Curt Kramer? Connect the dots again…Noveshen worked with Kramer in a pump and dump of a Florida based company, SMEV that resulted in a federal lawsuit in 2012, Allen Licht v. Ajene Watson et. al (Noveshen was a defendant). Bet Allen Licht wish he knew this information prior to signing a deal with him.

Curt Kramer was blacklisted by FINRA in 2013.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/sec-ups-efforts-to-combat-manipulations-of-microcap-stocks/2013/11/28/588b1af2-576e-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html

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EDWY, edoorways – another pump and dump Noveshen benefited from in 2009-10, as noted in Allen Licht v. Ajene Watson et. al.  Warning: the circle isn’t too big folks. 

http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=103620719

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Cooking the Books, Eric Noveshen Family Recipe

As seen in past posts, Eric Noveshen, and his alter ego Envision Capital are very sensitive to any negative posts about himself, calling them slander and defamatory no matter how true they might be.

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Yet under the guise of litigation privledge Noveshen freely makes up false defamatory statements about many others. Though he was a contracted “consultant” of a Florida company called Spa Capsule, which partially under his direction turned out to be a penny stock pump-and-dump, Noveshen actively promoted his counter- lawsuit and its false accusations about the company owner Allen Licht (ticker SMEV). He spread the word to so many that the allegations ended up in posts on stock promo boards, such as Investors Hub. Wouldn’t accusing someone of money laundering be just as slanderous as saying someone took kickbacks and shorted stocks?

http://investorshub.advfn.com/Simulated-Environment-Concepts-Inc-SMEV-9628/

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Ironically the exhibits refered to have Noveshen’s Mother Cheryl Wilson’s hand writing all over them. According to Allen Licht, Novehen “inserted his Mother” as the bookkeeper. Questionable? You bet ya. Cooking the books? Or more professionally stated, falsification of financial documents? You be the judge. One of the so called documents is below. Pay attention to the Cher in Cheryl, the Cher above Dr. Frank Donaruma, the y at the end of Happy and the y in Cheryl. Nice hand writing though if its used for good cause.

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SMEV Compaint Cover

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UPDATE (Feb 18, 2016): RESPONSE TO COMMENT ASKING FOR PHOTOGRAPH TO IDENTIFY ERIC NOVESHEN’S MOTHER SINCE HE ATTEMPTS TO MASK THEIR RELATIONS:

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New Ripoff Report on Eric Noveshen. Author lost 12k

A new rip off report on Eric Noveshen was published on November 23, 2015. The author says he lost $12,000 by investing in one of Eric L Noveshen penny stocks. He also mentions other fraud victims Including, Ellen Frankel, James Vennoker, Allen Licht, Daniel Jacobs, Gary Kimmons and stockholders of, EDWY, PNOW and SMEV ALL PENNYSTOCK PUMP AND DUMP SCAMS.

See ripoffreport.com Eric Noveshen/Envision Capital.