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The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Alabama attorney Donald Watkins and companies he controls with defrauding professional athletes and other investors out of millions of dollars, much of which he spent on his girlfriend and to cover personal expenses like alimony, past due taxes and credit card bills, according to an SEC press release issued this afternoon. Here is thecomplaint.
Watkins denied the allegations.
According to the complaint, filed in federal district court in Atlanta, Watkins and his companies, Watkins Pencor LLC and Masada Resource Group LLC, falsely told investors that their funds would be used to support waste-to-energy ventures.
The complaint — which contains civil charges, not criminal — doesn’t name the players.
The complaint also claims that the defendants falsely said that Waste Management Inc., a large, international waste treatment company, was seriously considering acquiring Watkins Pencor, Masada, and its affiliated companies in a multi-billion-dollar transaction. According to the complaint, Waste Management’s “interest” in Masada never advanced past a brief initial meeting in August 2012, more than a year after the defendants began telling investors that negotiations were progressing and that the acquisition was imminent.
“We allege that Watkins duped investors into believing that there was a lucrative transaction on the horizon, when in fact there was none,” said Walter Jospin, Regional Director of the SEC’s Atlanta Regional Office, said in a prepared statement.
Watkins said the charges are part of an effort to smear him after he sued the SEC last year, in a matter which dealt with the issues for which he is charged.
“It smacks of personal retaliation to my lawsuit,” he said.
The lawsuit argued the SEC had no jurisdiction in the case, and that the “factual allegations are totally off base,” Watkins said.
He said he offered to provide hundreds of thousands of documents in response to an SEC subpoena, but the SEC never showed up to collect them “because they didn’t want to see any evidence refuting the allegations.”
It’s a conspiracty!
More Bama political news…
More ethics news
How much more do we have to see from the Clinton Foundation?
Bill Clinton’s staff used a decades-old federal government program, originally created to keep former presidents out of the poorhouse, to subsidize his family’s foundation and an associated business, and to support his wife’s private email server, a POLITICO investigation has found.
Taxpayer cash was used to buy IT equipment — including servers — housed at the Clinton Foundation, and also to supplement the pay and benefits of several aides now at the center of the email and cash-for-access scandals dogging Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
This investigation, which is based on records obtained from the General Services Administration through the Freedom of Information Act, does not reveal anything illegal. But it does offer fresh evidence of how the Clintons blurred the line between their nonprofit foundation, Hillary Clinton’s State Department, and the business dealings of Bill Clinton and the couple’s aides.
The thousands of pages of newly uncovered records reveal sometimes granular detail about how Bill Clinton’s representatives directed the spending of taxpayer cash allocated by the GSA under the Former President’s Act.
The Act authorizes the GSA to fund the pensions, correspondence, support staff and travel of ex-presidents. It was passed in 1958 to “maintain the dignity” of the presidency by helping former commanders in chief avoid hard times like those that befell Harry S. Truman. He complained that, without help from Uncle Sam, he would be forced to “go ahead with some contracts to keep ahead of the hounds.”
The Clintons did not have this problem.
After leaving the White House “dead broke”, in the words of Hillary Clinton, they quickly raked in tens of millions of dollars from book deals, speaking fees and consulting gigs. At the same time, Bill Clinton was relying on his connections to some of the world’s deepest-pocketed donors, corporations and governments to seed a global philanthropy operation that overlapped with his consulting work and speaking fees and his wife’s work as secretary of state — and served as a jumping-off point for her presidential campaign.
What you expected to happen happened…
Is Trump on the move?
Media seems to be running out of patience with Hillary…
Hillary seems upset with the media coverage…
This is what is happening every night.
POLLING. BLOOD. BATH?
Things are a-changing.
How the hell is this even a question…
Mike Ball has a plan…
Keapernick is still a jerk…
A teammate joined him…
People still hate him..
People are searching for a way to make what he is doing make sense…
No one argued Kaepernick doesn’t have he right to be a prick. People have a right to hate him. Post more Nazi photos
What is Mike Flynn doing?
BURNETT: So let me ask you, when Trump said — and you just heard him there in Trump’s piece — he said, “to keep immigration levels, measured by population share, within historical norms”, what is he saying? Because historically that would mean that you’re going to preserve a white country. If it changes and you have more people who are not white that want to come into the United States, this country could become white unless you were to keep immigration levels measured by population share within historical norms. Is that a white supremacist thing to say?
MICHAEL FLYNN: I don’t know the details of that so you’ve got me on that one there.
BURNETT: I know you said this is sort of beyond your area, but ‘to keep immigration levels measured by population share within historical norms’? Is there any way to interpret that other than to keep this country white?
FLYNN: I don’t know. I don’t know. I think what you’d have to do is you have to look at how do we currently do it, and the way we currently bring immigrants into this country and then take people through the legal process which I believe takes about 18 months on average. That’s what I believe. I think that that system is obviously not working, and the number of individuals in this country that stay beyond their visa period that are here, again, illegally, I mean, we have to fix this problem. We have to have security in this country. If we don’t, then we don’t have a country.
Joe Biden embarrassed himself here, why are we pretending this was a powerful moment?
Joe Biden’s dead son has nothing to do with this conversation, why are we pretending it does…
It was a retort perhaps only one American politician could have produced, and one that silenced the room.
Faced with a determined heckler during a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden reached for a very personal response in Cleveland on Thursday.
“My friends died, my American friends,” the heckler was shouting, remonstrating with the vice-president over US policy in Syria.
“My friend died,” he repeated, challenging Biden to explain his recent demandthat Kurdish allies withdraw from captured Isis territory.
Interrupted again while trying to explain the complex Middle East policy, something snapped on stage after the third shout of “my friend died”.
“Will you listen? So did my son, OK?” shot back the vice-president, instantly silencing both the heckler and those in the crowd who had been trying to drown out the disruption by shouting: “Hillary, Hillary.”
Biden’s son Beau, an Iraq war veteran and former attorney general of Delaware,died of cancer last year at the age of 46.
It was stupid and weak.
I have a dead son is not a defense of bad policy, his son died of cancer not in war.
WTF is this?
No Trump shirts on HLN…
If the Star Wars universe has taught us anything, it’s that in everything there is both a Dark Side and a Light, and both are powerful forces for merchandising. To that end, via The Star Wars Show, Lucasfilm has introduced the latest member of the Rogue One cast: C2-B5, an Astromech droid in service of the Empire, and thus the ostensibly “evil” twin to R2-D2. Not because he’s black! Just because of, you know, the kind of people he associates with … Which, we realize that’s painting with a rather broad brush, and no one should be subject to ugly stereotypes. It’s just, historically speaking, many members of the Empire have committed acts that most would regard as evil, from an objectively moral standpoint. That’s just statistics.
Anyway, here’s C2-B5, who should not be judged by the color of his plating, but by the contents of his programming.
Besides, in his case, C2-B5 is very much just a product of his environment. He’s kept around by the Empire solely to do routine maintenance on equipment, and he’s even subjected to frequent memory wipes to prevent him from developing a mind of his own—a system of marginalization and institutionalized oppression far, far away that, fortunately, has no real-world analogue. C2-B5’s also not the first of his kind to be introduced in Star Wars, as Return Of The Jedi featured a quick shot of R2-Q5, thus fulfilling the original trilogy’s diversity quota. As for whether C2-B5 will play a more significant role in Rogue One remains to be seen, but hey, at least he’s already out here breaking the color barrier on the different kinds of toys you can sell.
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