US Fed News (3/13/12) identified the men as Eric J. Hollowell of Newport Beach, California; Philip Lee David Jack Thomas of Irvine, California; Matthew A. Dies of Corona, California; and Anthony J. Oliva of Placitas, New Mexico. Also named in the securities lawsuit brought by the SEC was United American Ventures LLC—also known as UAV—and Integra Investment Group LLC.
According to the US Fed News report, the case centered on the allegation that UAV raised $10 million from approximately 100 investors through the issuance and sale of convertible bonds alleged to be unregistered. Thus, the sale was considered fraudulent at best.
It was reported that Hollowell and Thomas served to found UAV, with Hollowell serving as president of the firm from 2006 until 2009, when Hollowell stepped aside and Thomas assumed the role as president of the firm.
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The Honorable Judith C. Herrara also found Oliva and Integra Investment Group LLC jointly liable for $284,039 in disgorgement and a civil penalty of $130,000. Dies was found liable for disgorgement totaling $54,381 together with an equal amount in civil penalties.
Stocks and securities are, by design, intended to serve as a vehicle for raising capital by way of market savvy, buying up and selling off investment products at the right time and—hopefully—realize profits from the market.
However, some individuals prefer to take matters into their own hands and eke profits through manipulation. In this case of stock investment fraud, the judge's order against the defendants on March 2 serves to vindicate the SEC's findings.