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The Massachusetts Securities Division recently levied $1 million in fines against U.S. Data Mining Group (DMG) for allegedly conducting unregistered securities offerings. The Division, in its complaint, alleged that the bitcoin mining company failed to register its stock while fundraising. DMG also failed to notify investors that two of the company’s promoters had previously violated US federal securities laws during their Series A fundraising, which raised nearly $25 million in March of 2021.  DMG also failed to register this offering with the state’s Securities Division, even though they raised $3.5 million from Massachusetts residents.  DMG knew since at least 12/4/2020 that registrations exemptions for conducting offerings was not an option, according to the regulator. In fact, the company clearly stated this in their promissory notes issued at that time, because of the past histories of some of the promoters, according to the consent order.The Massachusetts Securities Division recently levied $1 million in fines against U.S. Data Mining Group (DMG) for allegedly conducting unregistered securities offerings. The Division, in its complaint, alleged that the bitcoin mining company failed to register its stock while fundraising. DMG also failed to notify investors that two of the company’s promoters had previously violated US federal securities laws during their Series A fundraising, which raised nearly $25 million in March of 2021. Continue reading ›

Las Vegas attorney Matthew Beasley was shot by FBI Special Agents who went to his house to interview him regarding his alleged involvement in a $300 million Ponzi scheme.  Though shot in the chest and shoulder, Beasley refused to surrender and repeatedly confessed to his involvement in the scheme, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Lopez of the District of Nevada said in court.  49-year-old Matthew Wade Beasley was arrested and charged with assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon. Beasley made an initial appearance in federal court on March 8, 2022.  Allegations in the criminal complaint state that FBI Special Agents went to a home in Las Vegas on March 3, 2022 to interview Beasley for an ongoing investigation.  According to a press release from the Department of Justice “When agents knocked on the glass front doors, Beasley appeared with part of his body obscured. After an agent pulled back his suit jacket to show his FBI badge, Beasley then stepped into complete view with a gun pointed at his own head. When agents instructed Beasley to drop the gun, Beasley instead pointed it at the agents in a sweeping motion — causing one or more agents to discharge their firearm and striking Beasley.”  An FBI SWAT team “had to forcefully enter the home and bring him out,” Lopez said.  Beasley was released from the hospital. His lawyer sought house arrest, but a judge ordered Beasley detained without bond because Lopez said Beasley was a flight risk with significant assets including at least four homes, luxury cars, and an RV.Las Vegas attorney Matthew Beasley was shot by FBI Special Agents who went to his house to interview him regarding his alleged involvement in a $300 million Ponzi scheme.

Though shot in the chest and shoulder, Beasley refused to surrender and repeatedly confessed to his involvement in the scheme, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Lopez of the District of Nevada said in court. Continue reading ›

NBC 6 in Miami recently published an article about the alleged MJ Capital Funding Ponzi scheme and how to spot Ponzi schemes and other investment fraud. Silver Law Group represents victims of MJ Capital through a class action lawsuit, and routinely represents victims of Ponzi schemes and investment fraud.  The article details the experience of Gilmer Bautista, who was looking for a way to earn extra money when someone on social media told him about MJ Capital Funding, which operated out of a Pompano Beach, FL tax office.  Batista was told he could earn incredible monthly returns on his principal by investing in MJ’s merchant cash advance business. He eventually handed over $45,000. He hasn’t gotten his money back and now the SEC accuses MJ Capital of operating a Ponzi scheme.  In August, 2021 the SEC put out a press release stating that it had filed an “emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order, an asset freeze, and the appointment of a receiver to stop an alleged Ponzi scheme and misappropriation of investor proceeds perpetrated by Coral Springs, Florida resident Johanna M. Garcia and two entities she controls.”NBC 6 in Miami recently published an article about the alleged MJ Capital Funding Ponzi scheme and how to spot Ponzi schemes and other investment fraud. Silver Law Group represents victims of MJ Capital through a class action lawsuit, and routinely represents victims of Ponzi schemes and investment fraud. Continue reading ›

As part of an ongoing investigation into a Ponzi scheme involving five individuals and ten affiliated companies, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The court also issued a temporary restraining order against all of the defendants. This includes an order freezing assets of some of the defendants and an order appointing a receiver over the assets of the defendants. The SEC's complaint was filed under seal on December 1st, 2021, and later unsealed. In it, the SEC describes multiple defendants including five individuals that were affiliated with Heartland Group Ventures LLC, Heartland production and Recovery, LLC., and others affiliated with Heartland. The SEC is requesting a jury trial. Silver Law Group represents victims of these types of frauds frequently pursuing claims against the financial advisors, insurance agents and unregistered brokers who sell these investments to small and retail investors.  Unfortunately, there has been a rise in claims against unregistered financial advisors selling unregistered securities which, in many cases, turn out to be Ponzi schemes. As part of an ongoing investigation into a Ponzi scheme involving five individuals and ten affiliated companies, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The court also issued a temporary restraining order against all of the defendants. This includes an order freezing assets of some of the defendants and an order appointing a receiver over the assets of the defendants. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is headquartered in Coral Springs/Parkland, Florida and represents Ponzi scheme victims nationwide. Our securities and investment fraud attorney’s frequently meet with investors in our offices to discuss how we can help recover investment losses. Parkland Talk’s recently featured a story about a local resident who allegedly operated a Ponzi scheme in south Florida and the impact it has had on residents. The story is summarized below.  Would you consider investing in something if it came from the soccer coach of your child or grandchild?   For 61-year-old Gil J. Peter, having preschool children and coaching soccer and flag football was an excellent marketing method for his alleged fraudulent Ponzi scheme.  Peter’s “income” from his version of the Ponzi paid for his high-flying lifestyle at the expense of several parents. Some of the victims have children with serious illnesses and were looking for a way to increase their income to help pay medical expenses. Peter offered them a “one percent investment” in a medical clinic in New Jersey. However, it didn’t take long for the “investors” to discover that they lost money in a Ponzi scheme.Silver Law Group is headquartered in Coral Springs/Parkland, Florida and represents Ponzi scheme victims nationwide. Our securities and investment fraud attorney’s frequently meet with investors in our offices to discuss how we can help recover investment losses. Parkland Talk’s recently featured a story about a local resident who allegedly operated a Ponzi scheme in south Florida and the impact it has had on residents. The story is summarized below. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group’s Coral Springs headquarters serves as home base for many of our attorneys and support staff. Scott Silver, managing partner of Silver Law Group, is licensed to practice in Florida and New York and is proud to establish a leading securities and investment fraud law firm in Coral Springs.  Centrally located between Palm Beach and Miami, our attorney’s have easy access to the federal courts throughout south Florida. We represent investors in securities and investment fraud cases to recover losses due to stockbroker misconduct, fraud, and Ponzi schemes. Our work is frequently featured in the Palm Beach Post, Sun Sentinel and other Florida publications and we are proud to help ponzi scheme victims throughout Florida.  Our firm takes most cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning clients don’t have to pay us up front and nothing is owed unless we recover your money for you. If you have investment losses, call us toll free at (800) 975-4345 or email ssilver@silverlaw.com.  Silver Law Group helps investors in south Florida and around the country. We have satellite offices in Boca Raton and New York, and our main office is in Coral Springs, Florida. Scott Silver, Silver Law Group’s managing partner, is a graduate of the University of Miami Law School.  A popular guest lecturer, Scott frequently speaks at Law Schools, trial bar functions and elsewhere about preventing Ponzi schemes. Scott currently serves as Chairman of the American Association of Justice Chair for Securities and Financial Fraud.Silver Law Group’s Coral Springs headquarters serves as home base for many of our attorneys and support staff. Scott Silver, managing partner of Silver Law Group, is licensed to practice in Florida and New York and is proud to establish a leading securities and investment fraud law firm in Coral Springs. Continue reading ›

Scott Silver was interviewed by The Palm Beach Post for an article about Seeman Holtz, a Boca Raton insurance company accused of swindling over 1,000 investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars with the sale of unregistered promissory notes.  Seeman Holtz is alleged to be a Ponzi scheme, is unable to pay its obligations, and has liabilities that exceed its assets. The company is now under the control of a corporate monitor and Scott Silver’s firm, Silver Law Group, represents investors who purchased the promissory notes, many of whom are South Florida-based retirees.  The Florida Office of Financial Regulation has investigated Seeman Holtz and filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. Co-founder Marshal Seeman, chief financial officer Brian Schwartz, and Seeman Holtz and related companies are accused of misconduct such as securities fraud.Scott Silver was interviewed by The Palm Beach Post for an article about Seeman Holtz, a Boca Raton insurance company accused of swindling over 1,000 investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars with the sale of unregistered promissory notes.

Seeman Holtz is alleged to be a Ponzi scheme, is unable to pay its obligations, and has liabilities that exceed its assets. The company is now under the control of a corporate monitor and Scott Silver’s firm, Silver Law Group, represents investors who purchased the promissory notes, many of whom are South Florida-based retirees. Continue reading ›

When a person or entity runs any type of fraud, they generally go to great lengths to disguise their activities from the financial institutions to avoid fraud detection. Many banks have the power to put a stop to any illegal activity that involves their institution to avoid regulatory trouble. Wells Fargo is facing a lawsuit for failing to stop illegal activity to prevent a fraud.  Four investors filed suit on Friday, August 23, 2021, allege that a recently discovered Ponzi scheme used accounts at Wells Fargo Bank. Additionally, the bank did nothing and allowed the scheme to continue defrauding investors. The plaintiffs accuse Wells Fargo of “aiding and abetting” the scheme. The Securites And Exchange Commission (SEC) has also become involved, filing its own lawsuit against the company committing fraud.    MJ Capital Funds, MJ Taxes And More  Headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL, MJ Capital Funding claimed to offer “merchant cash advances” to small businesses to help them with cash flow. Touting a “simplified 4 step process,” the company’s website says it helps small and medium sized businesses who needed funding.When a person or entity runs any type of fraud, they generally go to great lengths to disguise their activities from the financial institutions to avoid fraud detection. Many banks have the power to put a stop to any illegal activity that involves their institution to avoid regulatory trouble. Wells Fargo is facing a lawsuit for failing to stop illegal activity to prevent a fraud. Continue reading ›

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