According to the SEC, registered representatives Matthew Bell and Craig
Josephberg were involved in an elaborate pump and dump scheme.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accuses Matthew Bell
and Craig Josephberg, along with three other individuals, of participating
in a sophisticated pump and dump scheme involving three companies between
2013 and 2014. The SEC alleges that the scheme generated millions of dollars
through illegal means.
Matthew A. Bell (CRD# 3091864) and Craig L. Josephberg (CRD# 2709288) were
registered representatives at the time of the alleged misconduct. Bell
was most recently registered with Securities America and Josephberg with
According to the SEC Complaint, Abraxas Discala, CEO of OmniView Capital
Advisors, and Marc Wexler, President of OmniView, allegedly approached
Bell and Josephberg and asked them to help inflate the stock price of
CodeSmart Holdings. All four of them allegedly planned to profit by selling
their personal shares high at the expense of the brokerage firm clients.
A fifth individual, Ira Shapiro, CEO of CodeSmart, also allegedly participated
in the scheme by making misleading statements on multiple occasions regarding
stock price and volume.
The SEC accuses Bell and Josephberg, among other things, of failing to
disclose to their customers that they had financial incentives to buy
and recommend shares of CodeSmart, and acting improperly by recommending
the investment knowing that the price had been inflated through manipulation.
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