January 30, 1998 |
Ending the only federal case against a brokerage linked to Orange County's bankruptcy, a Wall Street firm and two employees agreed Thursday to pay $870,000 to settle charges they failed to disclose the risks of investing in county bonds. The Securities and Exchange Commission had accused C.S. First Boston Corp. of intentional fraud and reckless conduct in helping the county sell $110 million in pensions bonds just before it declared bankruptcy in December 1994.
November 27, 1997 |
Former Huntington Beach developer Harold E. Tobin consented to a $3.75-million judgment in a securities fraud lawsuit, federal regulators said Wednesday. But he won't be paying any money back. The repayment was waived based on sworn statements that Tobin, 57, now of Rancho Mirage, is broke, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which brought the lawsuit. The judgment, however, orders him not to violate securities registration and anti-fraud provisions of securities laws.
September 16, 1997 |
Fluor Corp. and its top officials have been accused in a lawsuit of lying about the company's fortunes to mislead investors and protect corporate profit sharing and stock option plans. The suit, filed in federal court in Santa Ana late last week by a San Diego lawyer specializing in securities suits, seeks class-action status to represent all Fluor shareholders. The Irvine-based construction and engineering services company on Monday denied the allegations.
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July 30, 1997
A former Long Beach stockbroker was sentenced to 27 months in prison Monday for defrauding five elderly investors who contributed a total of $200,000 toward a bogus real estate venture. Investigators said Richard R. Whatley solicited investments for a false real estate partnership named Enterprises Inc. while working at the Long Beach office of Prudential Securities between 1991 and 1992. Prudential was not associated with the illegal conduct, they said.
July 16, 1997 |
Former Orange County developer Harold E. Tobin was accused in a federal lawsuit of selling unregistered securities and defrauding investors of nearly $5 million in a botched effort to build homes in Las Vegas. The Securities and Exchange Commission charges in its civil action, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, that Tobin and his Huntington Beach company defrauded 90 mostly elderly investors in the real estate development.
July 3, 1997 |
An Orange County telemarketing outfit accused of selling stamps to elderly investors at up to hundredfold markups was seized as part of a 20-state investigation into diverse new investment scams, authorities said Wednesday. Equifin International Inc. in Newport Beach, which also operated as Financial Frontiers Inc., has been turned over to a receiver and its assets frozen on order of a federal judge, said Ann Jones, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Los Angeles office.
February 13, 1997 |
A Laguna Niguel man, convicted nearly three years ago of defrauding investors of $1.8 million, has admitted in an unrelated case that he collected nearly $300,000 from the government by filing false claims for tax refunds. Randall Craig Hutchens, 43, used the names and Social Security numbers of nine adults to fabricate W-2 forms and file fraudulent refund claims for the 1995 tax year, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Gregory Weingart.
February 4, 1997 |
Investors in real estate developer Harold E. Tobin's housing projects alleged Monday that former bankers and contractors conspired with him to bilk them of more than $35 million. The investors, many of whom lost their life savings, detailed their charges in an expanded lawsuit that accuses Tobin, his wife, his son, his bankers and others of racketeering and conspiracy, as well as fraud and negligence.
October 24, 1996 |
Metro Display Advertising Inc. is a survivor if nothing else. The bus shelter company faced almost certain oblivion nearly five years ago when a Ponzi scheme forced it to seek bankruptcy protection and threatened to wipe out more than $45 million from investors. Today, the company's modest quarters in Irvine are a far cry from the lavish surroundings it occupied during its high-flying heyday as a major provider of bus shelters in Southern California and Las Vegas.