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News Releases

Oct 4
2021

Mejdi Mahmoud Abousaoui: Guilty Plea

Mejdi Mahmoud Abousaoui was sentenced to serve 25 years in state prison after pleading guilty to first-degree securities fraud. Abousaoui paid $210,454.70 in up-front restitution and was ordered to pay the remaining balance of $2,803,271.56 of outstanding restitution. Abousaoui was prosecuted in the...
Sep 17
2021

Securities Commissioner Stops Illegal Bank Leveraged Forex Program

Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered an emergency cease and desist order to stop Graco Commercial Capital, LLC, and Raymond V. Grant from illegally offering investments in a bank leveraged forex trading program. Grant and Graco Commercial, operating from Greeley, Colorado, are accused of...
Sep 16
2021

Texas Securities Board Stops Another Online Impersonation Scam

Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered an emergency cease and desist order to stop Riek Capital from illegally promoting fraudulent investments in trading programs. The order also accuses the company of engaging in an impersonation scheme – alleging Riek Capital is misappropriating the...

Enforcement Actions: Administrative

Sep 17
2021

Notice of Hearing filed against Celsius Network, INC., Celsius Network Limited, Celsius US Holding, LLC, Celsius Network, LLC, and Celsius Lending, LLC

The Notice of Hearing was filed at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. For inquiries contact Joe Rotunda, Director of Enforcement, by email at jrotunda@ssb.texas.gov or by telephone at 512-305-8392.

Sep 17
2021

Order No. ENF-21-CDO-1850

In the Matter of Graco Commercial Capital, LLC and Raymond V. Grant: Emergency Cease and Desist Order

Sep 16
2021

Order No. ENF-21-CDO-1849

In the Matter of Riek Capital aka Riek Capital Investment aka Riek Capital Distributors, LLC; Joshua Oj Robertson; Nicolai A. Andresen; Robert Costomoris; Katherine C.B. Cullum; Steve Welch; Jeffery T. Winter; Marcos D. Leon; John M. Willock; and Gareth M. Cope: Emergency Cease and Desist Order

Enforcement Actions: Criminal & Civil

Oct 4
2021

Mejdi Mahmoud Abousaoui: Guilty Plea

Mejdi Mahmoud Abousaoui was sentenced to serve 25 years in state prison after pleading guilty to first-degree securities fraud. Abousaoui paid $210,454.70 in up-front restitution and was ordered to pay the remaining balance of $2,803,271.56 of outstanding restitution. Abousaoui was prosecuted in the...
Jul 29
2021

Time Out for Joseph Seth Foster – Oil and Gas Investment Scheme Halted

Joseph Seth Foster, a former licensed agent from Lubbock, was convicted for operating a fraudulent oil and gas scheme. On July 29th, he was sentenced to serve two 11-year prison terms in state prison for each charge of securities fraud and theft. The sentences will run concurrently. The evidence...
Jul 27
2021

Recidivist Brad Haycraft Indicted in Helium Well Investment Scheme

Bradley Sherman Haycraft, 48, was indicted by a grand jury in Collin County. He was charged with illegally selling investments in the Petrified Forest Prospect, a helium well project in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. He was recently arrested on the charges. The Securities...

Publications

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Texas Investor Guide

Strategies for Investing Wisely and Avoiding Financial Fraud

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Nest Egg, IRA, 401k, Money

Everyone's Investment Guide

A six-part online presentation covering Making Investments, the Principles of Investing, Investing for a Secure Retirement, Planning Withdrawals, and Avoiding Scams.

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Financial Field Manual

A Personal Finance Guide for Military Families