Justice Served in CodeSmart Holdings Scandal: Insights from the Ofsink-Morris Case & How to Protect Your Investments

On March 31, 2023, in a landmark judgment, the U.S. District Court of New York’s Eastern District handed down final judgments against Darren Ofsink & Michael T. Morris. Both men were accused of breaking federal securities laws. The ruling includes various remedies, as well a ban against further transgressions.

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the duo, as well as several others, were implicated in a manipulative scheme involving securities of CodeSmart Holdings, Inc. The scheme has been going on since 2013, the SEC said. Ofsink was accused in the SEC complaint of facilitating CodeSmart’s reverse merge into a shell company and selling its shares clandestinely. It also alleged that Ofsink had concealed the holdings of other influential stakeholders. Morris was accused, in contrast, of using matched trading and unregistered stock to artificially increase the price of CodeSmart securities.

Morris was accused under Sections 5, 5(c), and 17(a) of Securities Act of 1933. He also faced charges under Sections 9(a), and the antifraud provisions of 10 (b) of Securities Exchange Act of 1964. Ofsink also faced charges under Sections 5, 5(c), and 17(a) of the Securities Act.

In response to the Court’s decision, both defendants consented to permanent orders, which prohibited future violations and barred penny stocks. Ofsink and Morris also agreed to forfeit the gains they had gotten from illegal means. Ofsink surrendered $292,409.11, while Morris surrendered $27,526, a sum that was deemed sufficient by the restitution orders in the criminal case United States v. DiScala & Co., 14 Cr. 399 (E.D.N.Y.).

Todd Brody and Lindsay Moilanen, of the New York Regional Office, were in charge of the SEC litigation. Sheldon L. Pollock supervised the case. Joseph Sansone was the supervisor. The SEC thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Eastern District of New York, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for their help in this case.

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