Enforcement Actions Criminal Civil

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...
Sep 22

Don’t Mess with Texas, She Has A Lot of Friends – The CFTC, Texas, and 29 Other States Join Forces to Stop $185 Million Precious Metals IRA and Bullion Coin Scheme Targeting Seniors

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Texas State Securities Board joined the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and 29 other states in a complaint, filed in the Northern District of Texas, against TMTE Inc. aka Metals.com, Chase Metals Inc., Chase Metals LLC, Barrick Capital Inc...
Jul 7

White-Collar Criminal Indicted, Accused of Theft and Securities Fraud While on Parole

Robert Joseph Mangiafico Jr., from Dallas, Texas, was indicted for theft, securities fraud, securing execution of a document by deception and money laundering. The charges arise from the alleged fraudulent sale of investments in the Oklahoma Premier Trinity oil and gas well project. According to the...
Jun 17

Tommie “Tom” Carter Jr: Arrested

On June 17, Tommie “Tom” Carter Jr., from central Texas, was arrested after being charged with securities fraud, theft, misapplication of fiduciary property and money laundering as part of a white-collar criminal investment scheme. Carter allegedly sold investments referred to as the Tom Carter...
Jun 3

Richard Leal Ferguson: Arrested

On June 3, 2020, Richard Leal Ferguson was arrested on charges of securities fraud and theft. He was also arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was confined in the Cameron County Jail and his bond was set, collectively, at $700,000.00. Ferguson is already a convicted...
Mar 27

William Neil 'Doc' Gallagher: Sentenced to 25 Years, $10.3 Million Restitution

William Neil “Doc” Gallagher, the self-styled "Money Doctor"who advertised frequently on Christian radio in North Texas, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison on March 27 and ordered to pay $10,386,816 in restitution to the victims of the long-running fraud he operated from his retirement...
Feb 19

Brett Pittsenbargar: Indicted

Brett Pittsenbargar, an Austin insurance agent who allegedly sold $9.3 million in fraudulent investments, was arrested Feb. 19 to face first-degree felony charges of securities fraud, money laundering, and theft. A Travis County grand jury's Feb. 4 indictment of Pittsenbargar was made public when he...
Feb 13

Brian Keith Alfaro: Convicted

A federal jury in San Antonio on Feb. 13 found Brian Keith Alfaro guilty of seven counts of mail fraud in connection with defrauding investors in Primera Energy LLC, the oil and gas exploration company he owned. Alfaro's sentencing is scheduled for June 22. The 2018 indictment of Alfaro alleges that...