Reverse Merger Attorney Ofsink Pleads Guilty in Pump-and-Dump Scheme

New York securities attorney Darren Ofsink, once an active adviser to emerging growth companies seeking to go public through reverse mergers, pleaded guilty on Oct. 18 to one charge of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, for his role in the $86 million manipulation scheme of CodeSmart Holdings (ITEN).

Ironridge Quits 3(a)(10) Deals and Settles SEC Action for $4.4M

Ironridge Global Partners has settled a two-year-old enforcement action with the Securities and Exchange Commission over its use of a previously obscure cause of the bankruptcy code to provide equity financing to distressed microcaps. Without admitting guilt, the fund managers agreed to one count of failing to register as a broker-dealer, and will pay $4.4 million in disgorgement penalties.

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Arrests in Alleged PnD Halt Reg CF Offering of Food Truck Franchisor

An equity crowdfunding offering by a food truck franchiser has been withdrawn after federal authorities arrested 14 individuals who are accused of being part of a sophisticated ring that manipulated the company’s stock when it traded on the OTCQB from 2014 to 2015. The Reg CF offering by The Grilled Cheese Truck was listed on FlashFunders, owned by Boustead Securities of Irvine, Calif.