Friday, July 19, 2013

SEC Obtains Freeze on Proceeds from Unlawful Distribution of Biozoom Securities

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The SEC announced charges against eight Argentine citizens who unlawfully sold millions of shares of Biozoom, Inc. in unregistered transactions. The SEC also obtained an emergency order to freeze assets in the U.S. brokerage accounts of the eight defendants and two other Argentine citizens who had Biozoom shares but had not yet sold them. The action follows last week’s suspension of trading in Biozoom due to concerns that some shareholders may be unlawfully distributing its securities.

Biozoom, formerly Entertainment Art, Inc., announced in April that it was changing its name and moving from producing leather bags to developing biomedical technology. The SEC’s complaint alleges that from March to June 2013, the ten defendants received more than 20 million shares of Entertainment Art, which was one-third of the company’s total outstanding shares. In a one-month period beginning in mid-May, eight of them sold more than 14 million shares. The sales yielded almost $34 million, of which almost $17 million was wired to overseas bank accounts. Their U.S. brokerage accounts, which include approximately $16 million in cash, are subject to the asset freeze.

The SEC’s complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, charges the eight defendants along with two others who received shares but have yet to sell them.

“Today’s action, along with the SEC’s trading suspension order last week, demonstrate the SEC’s ability and commitment to act swiftly to halt ongoing illegal conduct and preserve assets,” said Antonia Chion, Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.

For more information, visit SEC Obtains Freeze on Proceeds from Unlawful Distribution of Biozoom Securities.


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