Securities Fraud

Highly recommend! Colin thank you so much for your dedication. Thank you for actually wanting to sincerely help and give us the best outcome we can get. You are by far one of the best. You helped my bf reschedule a court date after it was missed and was able to give him the same plea deal. Thank you again Colin.

Kassandra H

Absolutely wonderful! Collin was fantastic. He really fought for me and I am very happy with the outcome of my case. He really fought for my case to have a positive outcome and was supportive, easy to get ahold of when needed and walked me through everything. I would definitely recommend him to anyone and everyone!!

Stephanie M

I would highly recommend Hoeller McLaughlin. They helped my husband on a probation violation case and did an excellent job. Dustin Trammel was our attorney and he communicated with us and was supportive and helpful throughout the process. Very good legal service and would recommend this firm.

Hillary G

Colin by far has been one of the BEST attorneys in Ft. Worth. His dedication and attentiveness really shows not only in court but with the client and family. Great communication, easy web portal and friendly staff. 5 stars are NOT enough. Thank you Colin

Stephanie Alvarado

I can not say enough about how grateful I am that Dustin Trammel was my attorney! Having no experience with court proceedings, Dustin explained everything and stayed in touch with me the entire time. I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney! Very highly recommend!!

Brenna Mills
November 20, 2015

The attorneys at our Fort Worth criminal defense law firm are sometimes asked to explain white-collar offenses, especially securities fraud. This illegal action attempts to deceive investors into buying stocks or commodities based on false information. The buyer might suffer significant losses, and the seller violates securities laws. Different types of securities fraud include embezzlement, exchanging insider information, manipulating stocks, falsified information on company reports or dishonesty to company auditors.

The Role of the Securities and Exchanges Commission

The Securities and Exchange Commission oversees the industry, but critics claim that it does little to proactively protect investors. However, the agency investigated high-level corruption in the following highly publicized cases:

  • Enron
  • Arthur Andersen
  • Bernie Madoff and similar Ponzi schemes
  • The sub-prime lending scandal and
  • Related cases during the economic downturn.

Fraudulent Securities Schemes

The SEC looks into numerous types of schemes, such as:

  • Dummy corporations – The scammers set up a new company, using a similar name to an existing business. They lead the buyer to believe that he or she is buying shares in the real business.
  • Internet fraud – These individuals spread falsehoods throughout the Internet about a certain company, thus inflating the prices. They wait until the price has increased to a certain point and then sell all their holdings, taking advantage of profits before anyone else realizes their scheme.
  • Insider trading – Insider trading means either trading stocks based on private knowledge about the company or trading stocks by insiders with large shares of the company. The first type of trading is illegal because of the private information that the insiders have. The second type of trading is permissible as long as the insiders follow regulatory requirements set by the SEC.

Other types of securities fraud include:

  • “Short and distort” practices
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Boiler rooms and
  • Microcap fraud.

Contact Our Fort Worth Criminal Defense Law Firm

For further information about securities fraud, contact our Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer at the Office of Bryan P. Hoeller.

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