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Final Judgement Document on Ascenergy Crowdfunding Fraud

Some times the wheels of justice move slowly. And sometimes the documentation associated with these wheels lag as well. File this one under recently discovered. The Securities and Exchange Commission released, this past June, the Agreed Final Judgement regarding the case of the Ascenergy crowdfunding… Read More

Why I am “High” on the Prospects for SME’s in 2017

The beginning of a new year is typically accompanied by renewed hope and positive expectations. 2017 is no exception.  As a staunch advocate of promoting the interests of small business generally, and smart regulation of capital formation, in particular, 2017 stands out to me as… Read More

FINRA Said to Ban uFundingPortal as Reg CF Platform

uFundingPortal (UFP LLC) went off-line last month after receiving regulatory approval to operate as a Reg CF funding portal earlier this year.  Crowdfund Insider reported the disappearance of the site in November as questionable companies were listed with bare bones information and outlandish valuations. Industry… Read More

Whatever Happened to the Ascenergy Crowdfunding Fraud Case?

The case of the Ascenergy crowdfunding fraud came to light just as Reg CF or Title III crowdfunding rules were announced to the public in October of 2015.   Ascenergy, an aspiring oil and gas operation, had raised about $5 million from approximately 90 investors,… Read More

SEC: Telltale Signs of a Pyramid Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission has stepped up its public campaign against investment fraud in recent months. Either via social media or paid commercials, the SEC is clearly concerned as finance inevitably moves online.  This should come as no surprise to anyone that follows the… Read More

Entrepreneurs Beware: The EB-5 & JOBS Act Industries Are Under the SEC Enforcement Microscope  

The recent economic downturn is not the only challenge for entrepreneurs in the EB-5 and JOBS Act industries.  Rather, the challenges include close regulatory scrutiny by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement.  While both EB-5 and the JOBS Act were… Read More

Avoiding Fraud: Good Advice to Dodge Investment Scams

The SEC dedicates much of its time and resources hunting down crooks and white collar thugs. In fact, the agency spent almost a billion dollars in the last fiscal year fostering and enforcing compliance with Federal securities laws. And why is that? Because there will… Read More

The First Investment Crowdfunding Fraud. What Does this Mean for the Industry?

During the buildup to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement regarding the final rules on Title III retail crowdfunding, the Commission filed a fraud case in the US District Court of Nevada.  The SEC accused Ascenergy, a company ostensibly in the oil and gas industry,… Read More

SEC Calls Fraud on Ascenergy Oil & Gas Crowdfunding Scheme

Lost in all of the excitement of last weeks’ announcement from the SEC on Title III crowdfunding rules was a case of crowdfunding fraud.  According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the agency halted a “fraudulent oil and gas crowdfunding scheme”.  The SEC has frozen… Read More

Ascenergy Nears $6M Crowdfunding Goal on Crowdfunder: Aiming to Disrupt Big Oil

With its elevator pitch of “Disrupting Big Oil: Crowdfunders get monthly guaranteed returns with equity upside,” Ascenergy has tapped into the crowd for its Crowdfunder campaign.  Seeking to raise $6M by 30 June 2015, the company has already raised  over $5,670,000, or 95% of its goal.   Investments $25,000… Read More

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