On December 21, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint and emergency action against Sanjeev Acharya and his real estate development company Silicon Sage Builders, alleging a $119 million securities offering fraud.
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Silicon Sage Builders and Acharya developed real estate projects in the San Francisco Bay area. The projects were financed in part by selling promissory notes and membership interests to retail investors, mostly members of the South Asian community in Northern California.
According to the SEC’s complaint, since “at least August 24, 2016, Silicon Sage Builders and all but one of its real estate development projects have not been profitable, because the property sales generated by its business have not generated enough cash to either return investor capital, pay returns to investors, or provide any income to Silicon Sage Builders.”
Yet Silicon Sage Builders raised over $119 million from hundreds of investors through misrepresentations, omissions, and deceptions, the government says.
Acharya is alleged to have described his company and all its real estate projects as profitable, when all but one of them had cost overruns without the revenue to cover.
The complaint alleges that Acharya misled investors into believing that the interest payments they received were from Silicon Sage Builders’ profits, but actually new investor funds were paying earlier investors. Paying new investors with earlier investor money is the definition of a Ponzi scheme.
The SEC also claims that Acharya falsely described the amount of money the company was trying to raise and told investors that they could redeem their principal after one year. In fact, he declined capital redemption requests since 2018 because he didn’t have enough money to meet the requests.
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The SEC’s complaint states that it seeks to enjoin the defendants from further violating federal securities laws, freeze assets, appoint a permanent receiver over the company, order the payment of disgorgement and civil penalties.
According to the complaint, “Acharya marketed these investments to South Asian friends and family and then sought referrals, expanding his investor base to over three hundred investors in the Northern California South Asian community.”
Fraudsters have been known to target members of a group that they are part of (or pretend to be a part of), such as a religious or ethnic group. This is known as an affinity fraud. Affinity frauds can be very harmful to investors because of the level of trust that is given to the perpetrator due to the perceived interest they share.
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