(A model of this story first appeared on Hemp Industry Daily.)
Federal securities regulators have accused six folks of deceiving buyers by promising astounding returns as a part of an alleged $25 million scam for a supposed marijuana farm and CBD extraction facility in California.
The cash was raised from greater than 400 buyers from throughout the nation between September 2017 and February 2019, in keeping with a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a California federal court docket.
Here are the fundamentals of the swimsuit:
- One group of firms shaped by the people raised $12.3 million from 226 buyers for a marijuana farm in Salinas, California.
- A second group of firms raised $13.2 million from 211 buyers for an extraction facility to supply CBD, additionally in Salinas.
- The accused people, who’re all from California or Arizona, claimed the unregistered securities would generate annual returns of “100% or more,” in keeping with the SEC’s criticism.
- The defendants allegedly misappropriated a minimum of $2.7 million of the investor cash and lied a couple of supposed mortgage that will finance the CBD facility.
The cash was raised below 9 completely different entities:
- C Quadrant.
- Extraction Capital Tier 1.
- GPA Enterprises.
- Green Growth Ventures.
- RJ Holdings Group.
- Smart Initiatives.
- Target Equity.
- Valley View Enterprises.
- Zabala Farms Group.
The defendants listed in the criticism are Anthony Todd Johnson, Jeremy Johnson, Richard Portillo, Charles Lloyd, Mark Heckele and Michael Gregory.
The SEC is searching for a everlasting injunction blocking the six defendants’ funding exercise, plus penalties.
Regulators are also searching for compensation of the funds acquired from the allegedly unlawful conduct, plus curiosity.