Former Boca Raton Securities Attorney Receives 28 Months for Role in Pump-And-Dump Scheme

Posted on May 13th, 2019 at 5:02 PM
Former Boca Raton Securities Attorney Receives 28 Months for Role in Pump-And-Dump Scheme

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

A federal judge has sentenced former Boca Raton, Florida, securities attorney Mark Fisher to more than two years in prison for his role in a $1 million pump-and-dump scheme involving shares of a beauty supply company, Valentine Beauty Inc. Fisher also was ordered to forfeit $8.4 million in profits he received from the pump-and-dump scheme.

According to federal prosecutors, Fisher, who had previously been licensed to practice law in the state of Florida and New York and stock promoter Joseph F. Capuozzo were recruited by Eddy Ubaldo Marin, who owned a controlling interest in the company. Moreover, Marin requested that Fisher and Capuozzo mask his controlling interest in shares of Valentine Beauty, promote the stock and then sell it at an inflated price.

From the end of 2013 until April 2016, the three businessmen along with an associate transferred millions of Valentine Beauty shares into brokerage accounts under fake entity names operated by Marin and Capuozzo.  Moreover, in order to promote the Valentine Beauty stock, Fisher and Capuozzo regularly issued press releases and newsletters and then sold the shares to the public once the stock price had gone high enough.

In April of 2016, after an investigation, the SEC suspended trading in Valentine Beauty’s shares and criminal charges followed, thereafter.

The attorneys of Eccleston Law LLC represent investors and advisors nationwide in securities and employment matters. The securities lawyers at Eccleston Law also practice a variety of other areas of practice for financial investors and advisors including Securities FraudCompliance ProtectionBreach of Fiduciary DutyFINRA Matters, and much more. Our attorneys draw on a combined experience of nearly 65 years in delivering the highest quality legal services. If you are in need of legal services, contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation today.

Related Attorneys: James J. Eccleston

Tags: james eccleston, eccleston law, eccleston law llc, eccleston, boca raton, pump and dump, mark fisher, valentine beauty inc., eedy ubaldo marin

Return to Archive

TESTIMONIALS

Previous
Next

If the regulators are after you, and are trying to make a case against you, and you are going to contest their allegations against you, make sure you have the best securities industry defense lawyers, Eccleston Law Firm. My case was spun into a combination of penalties including fines, cash settlements, CE courses and suspension. They were the best I have seen in action. When all was said and done, they had done their magic, my situation was negotiated and settled with a simple "letter of caution" and a case closed without action. It is the most important legal business decision you will ever make, make it Eccleston Law.

Rick R.

LATEST NEWS AND ARTICLES

October 15, 2021
FINRA Bars Former LPL Advisor Who Allegedly Misappropriated Elderly Client’s Funds

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has barred a former LPL advisor who allegedly misappropriated a senior client’s funds and subsequently failed to cooperate in FINRA’s investigation.

October 14, 2021
NASAA Targets Unpaid Arbitration Awards With Proposed New Model Rules

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has proposed new rules in an attempt to reduce the large number of arbitration awards that go unpaid to investors who prevail as claimants in arbitration proceedings.

October 13, 2021
SEC Freezes Assets and Halts Alleged Fraudulent Scheme By Ron Harrison

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained an emergency court order freezing the assets of Ron Harrison, who allegedly operated an ongoing fraudulent scheme.