On June 22, 20,23, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey rendered a final judgement against Vuuzle Media Corp., its executives Ronald Shane Flynn (Ronnie) and Richard Marchitto (Richard). The court found that they had raised over $25 million in fraudulently from investors through a boiler-room scheme.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has stated that Vuuzle and Flynn have used aggressive tactics in order to raise money between 2016 and 2022. They falsely stated that Vuuzle is a profitable business and offered investors an “pre-IPO” investment opportunity. The company, however, had never been profitable or listed on any stock exchange.
The SEC’s revised complaint reveals that only a small part of the funds raised went towards the online streaming company, with the remainder being used to fund the boiler-room’s operations, as well as commissions and personal expenses for Flynn and Marchitto. Even after the SEC brought a suit, the defendants kept up their fraudulent practices by offering a “VUCO security token” False promises made about its value.
Flynn is permanently barred from violating the anti-fraud provisions in securities laws. Also, it prohibits Vuuzle US Vuuzle UAE and Flynn to violate registration provisions. Marchitto is also prohibited from aiding or abetting any violations.
The court ordered Flynn to pay disgorgement and interest on pre-judgment judgments of $720.354.08. Marchitto’s disgorgement was $464 819, and the pre-judgment rate of interest was $12 974 41. Flynn was fined $25,807,490.73, Marchitto ($31.080), Vuuzle US (1,035,909) and Vuuzle UAE (1,035,909).
The U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California as well the Federal Bureau of Investigation provided support to the SEC’s Litigation Team, which was led by Devon Staren.
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