SEC Obtains Final Judgments Vs. Investment Adviser, Firm
Honorable Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a final judgment against defendants Christopher T. Vulliez and Amphor Advisors, LLC.
The final judgment imposes a permanent injunction against future violations of the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws and orders defendants to pay disgorgement.
The Commission’s Complaint alleged that, between March 2010 and January 2011, Vulliez and Amphor misappropriated at least $700,000 from his closest family and friends.
According to the complaint, Vulliez made false and misleading statements to his clients that he would invest their funds in a biotech company. Instead, he and Amphor misappropriated the funds.
In addition, the final judgment orders defendants to pay disgorgement, on a joint and several basis, of $820,500. Defendants consented to the entry of the final judgment.
Pursuant to a plea agreement, Vulliez will receive a sentence of six months incarceration followed by five years of probation and be ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,176,755.48.
Earlier, on August 20, 2011, the Commission filed an Amended Complaint to name Sophie Pachella and EatStrong, LLC as relief defendants. The Amended Complaint alleged that Vulliez diverted a portion of the investor funds that he had misappropriated to EatStrong and Pachella.
On August 31, 2011, Judge Berman entered a final judgment that ordered EatStrong and Pachella to pay disgorgement, on a joint and several basis, of $375,000. EatStrong and Pachella consented to the entry of the final judgment.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.