The SEC’s criticism charged Arbab and his 5 co-defendants — Tomas Javier Jimenez, 24, of Dunwoody, Georgia; Blake Douglas McKinney, 26, of Plymouth, Michigan; Mushfiqur Rahman, 21, of Jamaica, New York; John Ryan Reveals, 25, of Atlanta, Georgia; and William Carl Spagnoli, 24, of Alpharetta, Georgia — with violating anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities legal guidelines.
The SEC is searching for everlasting injunctive reduction, conduct-based injunctions and civil penalties from all six defendants, together with disgorgement of ill-gotten positive aspects and prejudgment curiosity from Arbab, Jimenez, Rahman, Reveals and Spagnoli.
With out admitting or denying the allegations, Jimenez, McKinney and Reveals every consented to judgments, which, topic to court docket approval, would completely enjoin them from violating the charged provisions, impose injunctions on future brokerage actions and impose civil penalties. Jimenez and Reveals every additionally consented to pay disgorgement and pre-judgment curiosity for his or her ill-gotten positive aspects.
In some cases, Arbab’s co-defendants gave Arbab their brokerage account login credentials so he might personally interact in “freeriding” utilizing their accounts, the criticism alleges. In different cases, Arbab coached people in actual time by way of textual content messages about the way to freeride utilizing their very own accounts.
“Securities merchants who search to cheat the market with pretend deposits of cash to make unfunded securities transactions might be held accountable for his or her deception,” based on Justin C. Jeffries, affiliate director of enforcement for the SEC’s Atlanta Regional Workplace. “Freeriding will not be a victimless scheme, as broker-dealers type an integral a part of the market and are shielded from fraud beneath the federal securities legal guidelines.”
(Pictured: SEC headquarters in Washington; Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)