SALT LAKE CITY (CN) – The president of Standard Transfer & Trust made $700,000 by dumping shares of Mosaic Nutraceuticals Corp. in a tricky scheme in which he created a shell company, created bogus and backdated financial records, engineered a reverse merger with the empty shell, and then walked away rich – for a while, the SEC says in Federal Court.
The SEC says Whitney Lund abused his position as a transfer agent by fraudulently selling restricted shares of Mosaic Nutraceuticals common stock.
According to the complaint, Lund took over a private company and named directors, then issued 150,000 shares to himself and 150,000 shares to the directors. Then he initiated a stock split and created a new company, Mosaic, by orchestrating a reverse-merger between his private company and a public shell. The rest of the scheme involved backdated letters, bogus transfer agent records, and dumping his own shares of stock for $700,000 in ill-gotten gains, according to the complaint
The SEC seeks restitution and penalties and wants Lund permanently barred from participating in stock offerings.