FROM: SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
SEC Files Action Against Former Stock Promoter Now in Prison for Lying to SEC Investigators
The Commission charges Vitale and RATI with violating Sections 5 and 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act") and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. The Commission also charges Vitale with violating Sections 15(a) and 15(b)(6)(B) of the Exchange Act. The Commission seeks disgorgement of the ill-gotten gains related to these violations with prejudgment interest from Vitale, RATI, and relief defendant CSIG, and civil money penalties against Vitale and RATI.
Vitale is currently an inmate at the Federal Detention Center in Miami. He was sentenced in September 2013 to two years in prison after being convicted of obstruction of justice and providing false testimony in the investigation that led to the SEC case filed today.
The Commission acknowledges the assistance of the United States Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Florida Office of the Attorney General in this matter.