Court Rules Vs. Global Development & Environmental Resources

Jack Humphrey, Regulatory journalist
May 15, 2012 /

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida entered a Final Judgment against Defendants Philip Pritchard, Pietro Cimino, and Global Development & Environmental Resources, Inc. The Final Judgment orders Pritchard, Cimino, and Global to pay, jointly and severally, disgorgement in the amount of $2,122,625, plus $523,173.27 in prejudgment interest. The Final Judgment also orders Pritchard and Cimino to each pay a civil penalty of $130,000.

The Commission commenced this action by filing its complaint on May 22, 2008. The complaint alleged defendants participated in a fraudulent “pump and dump” scheme to evade the registration provisions of the federal securities laws and then sell purportedly unrestricted Global shares during a fraudulent promotional campaign.

The Commission previously announced on March 8, 2010 that following a five day trial, a seven member jury in the U.S. District Court in Tampa, Florida found Darko S. Mrakuzic liable for violating the anti-fraud and registration provisions of the federal securities laws in connection with the above scheme that netted Mrakuzic more than $6 million in profits in violation of Sections 5(a) and (c) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. On February 7, 2011, the Court ordered Mrakuzic to pay a total of $9,135,089 which included disgorgement of $6,568,568, pre-judgment interest of $2,306,521 and a civil penalty of $260,000.

Global, Pritchard, Cimino, and Defendants Carmine J. Bua, Anthony M. Cimini, Sr., and Dante M. Panella, all previously settled the Commission’s anti-fraud and securities registration charges against them by consenting, without admitting or denying the Commission’s allegations, to permanent injunctions. All the individuals consented to penny stock bars, and Cimini, Pritchard, and Cimino consented to officer-and-director bars. The Court also previously ordered disgorgement and civil penalties against Cimini, Bua, and Panella. The Commission’s claim for a civil penalty against Global Development has been voluntarily dismissed.

 

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