SEC Charges Three with Fraud Related to Oil Drilling Promises

Posted on May 19th, 2020 at 3:23 PM
SEC Charges Three with Fraud Related to Oil Drilling Promises

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a Complaint against Paul R. Montgomery, Jr., Michael D. Fisher and James H. Willingham, Jr. (collectively “Defendants”), alleging that Defendants committed fraud in connection with the sale of joint venture interests in two oil and gas projects.  According to the SEC, Defendants told investors that new oil and gas wells would be drilled and existing wells would be reworked as part of Navarro Phase I project and Seguin Development Phase II project. The SEC alleged that Defendants promised investors 32% returns on their investment. 

The SEC alleged that despite the representation to investors that eight new wells would be drilled, defendants failed to drill a single new well.  Furthermore, the SEC alleged that Defendants knew that title to the mineral rights for most of the proposed well sites were clouded and that the drilling would not be able to move forward at those sites. 

The Complaint states that between June 2016 and early 2017, Defendants received at least $2.7 million from approximately 15 investors. According to the SEC, investors suffered a 100% loss on their investment.

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