Enforcement Actions Criminal Civil

Jun 8

Richard Gregory Tilford: Convicted

On June 8, 2021, Richard Gregory Tilford, from Arlington, was sentenced to serve 40 years in state prison for engaging in a fraudulent digital marketing investment scheme. He was also sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for each of six counts of selling unregistered securities and 10 years in...
Jun 3

Swindler Sentenced to Federal Prison for $6.8M Securities Fraud Scheme

A federal judge sentenced 45-year-old Christopher Matthew Meredith of Shawnee, Kansas to 14 years in federal prison today for his scheme to defraud investors of more than $6.8 million. Department of Justice Press Release
May 19

Carl William Pollock - Indicted

Carl William Pollock was indicted by a Travis County Grand Jury and charged with securities fraud, theft and money laundering in connection with a scheme to raise capital for Austin-based healthcare companies. The charges are first degree felony offenses, meaning Pollock faces up to 99 years or life...
Apr 14

Indictment Handed Up in Quesadilla Caper

On April 7, 2021, a federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of Texas handed up a now unsealed indictment against Juan Enrique Kramer, Adriana Pastor, Noel Olguin and Karina Hernandez. The indictment alleges Kramer and Pastor, his wife, promoted turnkey investments tied to Las Quesadillas...
Jan 20

Sarah Helen Hancock: Indicted

In January 2021, Sarah Helen Hancock was indicted by a Dallas County Grand Jury. She stands accused of engaging in fraud while working as an investment adviser representative and misapplying fiduciary property belonging to more than 20 different clients. The crimes allegedly occurred pursuant to a...
Jan 5

Bruce and Martha Pollock: Indicted

On January 5, 2021, Bruce and Martha Pollock surrendered and appeared in Harris County District Court on felony charges of misapplication of fiduciary property and securing execution of a document by deception. The indictments allege that Bruce and Martha Pollock took $15,000.00 from an elderly...
Dec 1

Wilson Alejandro Montoya: Arrested, Indictments Unsealed

Wilson Alejandro Montoya was arrested last week. He was previously indicted by a grand jury in Dallas County, but the charges were sealed pending his arrest. The indictments are now public. Montoya is charged with securities fraud, theft and money laundering. According to the securities fraud...
Nov 21

Clifford McCrary Indicted for Securities Fraud and Theft

A Dallas County Grand Jury indicted Clifford Wiley McCrary for theft and securities fraud in connection with the sale of securities issued by HLV Master Fund, LLC. He was arrested on November 17, 2020. The indictments accuse McCrary of concealing his misuse of investor funds – using money from...
Nov 12

As Sly Would Say, “It’s a Family Affair” - Oilman Sentenced to 121 Months in Federal Prison, Commissioner Brings New Action to Stop Family from Continuing Fraud

On November 10, Brian Keith Alfaro, from San Antonio, was sentenced to serve 121 months in federal prison. The sentence follows a jury finding him guilty of seven counts of mail fraud in connection with defrauding investors in an oil and gas investment scheme. The evidence showed Brian Alfaro used...
Oct 12

Criminal and Civil Charges Filed Against Sham Traders for COVID-19 Investment Schemes

On September 25, 2020, Kenzley Ramos, from Lawrenceville, Georgia, was arrested and indicted for an investment scheme tied to COVID-19. Earlier this year, the Texas Securities Commissioner brought an action against Ramos, entering an Emergency Cease and Desist Order to protect Texans and stop the...