News Releases

Apr 17
2020

Order: 'Profit Off Coronavirus' Investment Pitch Is Toxic

Texas Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles on April 17 entered an emergency action to stop a supposed foreign currency trader from soliciting Texas residents with the claim they can “profit off the coronavirus with forex.” According to the Emergency Cease and Desist Order, Georgia resident Kenzley...
Apr 16
2020

$20 Barrel Oil? West Texas Oilman Promises Profits Even Then

The sharp decline in oil prices has sent the worldwide energy market into a tailspin. But according to a Texas State Securities Board emergency action, West Texas oilman Kenneth Wayne Wooldridge is telling investors he can earn profits at almost any price. According to an Emergency Cease and Desist...
Apr 8
2020

Cryptocurrency Miner Features Fraudulent COVID-19 Charity Sales Pitch

A cryptocurrency mining company is promising to double investors’ money in one year while also claiming to contribute money to UNICEF to “fight COVID-19,” according to an emergency action the Texas State Securities Board took April 8. According to the Emergency Cease and Desist Order, Ultra BTC...
Apr 3
2020

Forex Trader Touts 'Recession-Proof'Haven in Markets Roiled By COVID-19

Texas Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles took emergency action on April 3 to stop the offering of a purported foreign currency trader promising a “safe haven” investment in a time when world markets are roiled by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Emergency Cease and Desist Order, Florida...
Apr 2
2020

LendingClub Fined $400,000 for Unregistered Sales in Texas

LendingClub Corp., a national online lending marketplace, has been fined $400,000 for the unregistered sales of loans during an almost five-year period. Texas Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles April 1 entered a Consent Order that reprimanded and fined LendingClub while also granting its...
Mar 31
2020

Administrative Actions Report Jan-Mar 2020

The following are summaries of administrative enforcement actions the Texas State Securities Board took from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2020. Next Financial Group: Fine, Refunds Next Financial Group Inc. of Houston agreed to refund $500,000 to customers of a former Texas agent who for five years moved...
Mar 26
2020

Investor Alert: Protecting Your Financial Health in the Pandemic Era

The COVID-19 pandemic has roiled securities markets in ways we have never experienced and is making financial decisions vastly more difficult than usual. We want to assure Texans that our primary focus remains on the protection of retail investors, and we are actively taking steps to protect the...
Mar 23
2020

Investing In the Unknown

Amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic and careening markets in everything from stocks and bonds to oil, it can seem impossible to focus on the long view in investing. Impossible, even, to focus on anything but the next hour or next day. We don't know the future of the markets any more than the full...
Feb 26
2020

Philly Special: Austin Investors' Funds Flowing to Besieged Pennsylvania Loan Company

Texas Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles on Feb. 25 ordered Austin insurance agent Gary N. Beasley to stop offering promissory notes tied to a Philadelphia, Pa. company that has been sanctioned by two states and sued for predatory lending to small businesses. According to the Emergency Cease and...
Feb 21
2020

Oil Company Pays $20,000 Fine, Will Make $1.5 Million Refund Offer to Investors

Woodland Resources LLC, the oil and gas company once led by a Fort Worth oilman with a history of regulatory sanctions and running companies into bankruptcy, paid a $20,000 fine to the state and will offer to refund $1.49 million to investors in two of its drilling projects. Under the terms of an...