Insurance Office of America Inflated Securities RICO Class Action

This class action brings suit against Insurance Office of America, Inc. (IOA) and IOA Group, LLC, alleging that the company ran a Ponzi scheme that inflated stock prices. It also claims that the company defrauded its employees, customers, and independent sales agents and overbilled customers with fraudulent fees added to premiums.  Read more

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Secondary Responsibility for Losses in Aequitas Securities Class Action

How is it that a company touted as a stable, secure investment “collapsed in spectacular fashion and was shut down by the Securities and Exchange Commission” (SEC)? Aequitas did so, losing its investors hundreds of millions of dollars. The complaint for this class action alleges that secondary responsibility for the losses belongs to other companies  Read more

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Zions Bancorporation Fails to Spot Ponzi Scheme Class Action

When investors put money into an enterprise, how do they know that it’s being used as claimed? The complaint for this class action claims that the Silver Pool supposedly run by Gaylen Rust was a Ponzi scheme with no reality to it. However, the defendant in the case is not Rust but Zions Bancorporation, which  Read more

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UDF III Fake Distributions and Investment Fraud Class Action

This class action concerns investment offerings known as United Development Funding (UDF), and specifically UDF III. The complaint alleges that the defendants made false statements about UDF III’s success to induce people to invest or to invest more. It backed up the false statements by distributions—which, according to the complaint, were not in fact earnings  Read more

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People’s United Jay Peak Ski Resort Ponzi Scheme Class Action

Investors bring this class action against companies they believed would build a Jay Peak Ski Resort in Vermont—People’s United Financial, Inc. and People’s United Bank. But according to the complaint, the money they put up went to an alleged Ponzi scheme, finally uncovered in a two-year investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Read more

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Tower Financial Corp. and Jeffrey Epstein Ponzi Scheme Class Action

The complaint for this class action alleges that a Ponzi scheme built around Towers Financial Corporation (TFC) took millions of dollars from over 200,000 investors between the late 1980s and the mid-1990s. One of the parties to this scheme, Steven Hoffenberg, was convicted and sentenced to twenty years in prison, plus fined and required to  Read more

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Julian Spence DRIP Cryptocurrency Fraud Securities Class Action

How do people know which cryptocurrencies are worth their offering prices and which are simply scams? The complaint for this class action says that Julian (or Juvane) Spence, the seller of the Dark Ripple or DRIP token, implied that his tokens were related to a more established currency called Ripple. This and other false or  Read more

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Insys Therapeutics Hid Opioid Subsys Sales Decline Securities Class Action

Misstated figures can simply be errors, but the complaint for this class action says that Insys Therapeutics committed fraud by manipulating figures to hide the company’s falling revenues, in violation of Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Why did it feel it needed to do that? Because, the complaint claims, the company had previously engaged in  Read more

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Citizens Schemes to Sell Insurance to Foreigners Securities Class Action

The complaint for this class action alleges that Citizens, Inc. sells insurance policies in foreign countries in order to evade US regulations. It claims that it uses improper growth projections to enroll customers in programs where dividends are used to buy the company’s stock, and sells policies that require payment of US taxes as if  Read more

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Homex Charged by SEC in $3.3 Billion Accounting Fraud Securities Class Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) used satellite imagery to find evidence of fraud in the financials of Desarrolladors Homex SAB de CV, or Homex Development Corporation. According to the complaint for this securities class action, Homex reported that it had built a certain number of homes, but satellite photos at many of the locations  Read more

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