March 10, 2016. Today the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Portland, charging Aequitas and three top executives with defrauding investors. The SEC press release reports that Aequitas hid its dire financial condition while raising more than $350 million from investors. Moreover, the complaint alleges that money from new investors was used to pay earlier investors – a Ponzi scheme.
The SEC’s complaint is posted here . Aequitas executives Robert J. Jesenik , Brian Oliver, and Scott Gillis are named as defendants in the complaint, which alleges that they were all well aware of the deteriorating financial condition when they continued to accept precious savings from trusting investors.
Aequitas Management, Aequitas Holdings LLC, Aequitas Commerical Finance LLC, Aequitas Capital Management Inc., and Aequitas Investment Management LLC as well as top executives Jesenik, Oliver, and Gillis are all charged by the SEC with violation of the federal securities laws.
We knew the SEC’s investigation was occurring, and are not surprised by the SEC filing. In fact, some of its allegations are similar to allegations we made in a case we filed earlier this week for some of our clients. The SEC complaint does shed some light on just how bad the financial situation was at Aequitas, and for how long. The complaint alleges that “By at least July 2014, Jesenik and Oliver knew that redemptions and interest payments to prior investors were being paid primarily from new investor money in a Ponzi-like fashion, and that very little investor money was being used to purchase trade receivables. The cash flow shortages at ACF and Aequitas Holdings continued with increased severity through 2015.”
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