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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SEC ANNOUNCES PRISON SENTENCE FOR JEREMY FISHER FOR MISAPPROPRIATING INVESTOR FUNDS

U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 
Litigation Release No. 23139 / November 24, 2014

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jeremy Fisher, The Good Life Financial Group, Inc., and The Good Life Global, LLC, Civil Action No. 3:13-cv-00683

Jeremy Fisher Sentenced to 30 Months for Offering Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that on October 27, 2014, the Honorable John E. Steele of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida sentenced Jeremy S. Fisher to 30 months in prison, followed by 3years of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit $500,000. The Court has scheduled a hearing to set the amount of restitution to be ordered on December 15, 2014. Fisher, 44, of La Crescent, Minnesota, had previously pled guilty to two counts of wire fraud for his role in stealing over $1 million from 18 victims in an investment scam. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of Florida filed criminal charges against Fisher on January 14, 2014. Fisher was ordered to surrender on December 1, 2014, to begin serving his prison sentence.

The criminal charges arose out of the same facts that were the subject of a settled civil enforcement action that the Commission filed against Fisher on September 30, 2013. The Commission's complaint alleges that from at least August 2009 through December 2012, Fisher raised approximately $1.04 million from approximately 18 investors who invested in unregistered securities offerings conducted by Fisher through his two companies. Fisher offered investors the opportunity to invest their money through a "special trading platform" that supposedly generated significant returns. Fisher told investors that their money would be deposited in an overseas bank account and used as collateral for the purchase and sale of collateralized debt obligations and medium term notes on the trading platform. However, Fisher instead fraudulently misappropriated and converted investors' funds for his personal use to pay previous investors, to purchase a house and car and to pay his daughter's tuition and other personal and business expenses. Fisher also provided quarterly statements to investors which falsely represented that investors were earning money on their investments. The Commission's complaint alleged that Fisher and his companies violated Sections 5(a), 5(c), and 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. The complaint also alleged Fisher violated Section 15(a) of the Exchange Act.

On October 16, 2013 the Court in the Commission's case entered orders of permanent injunction and disgorgement, plus prejudgment, totaling $936,226 to be paid jointly and severally among Fisher and his companies and ordered Fisher to pay a civil penalty of $150,000. Fisher and his companies consented to the entry of the Court's orders.

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