Steven Dash & Stephen Zipkin—Selling Unregistered Securities
Steven G. Dash and Stephen P. Zipkin, of Hallmark Investments, Inc., Allegedly Sold 39,600 Unregistered Shares of Avalanche International Corp. (AVLP) which Hallmark Purportedly Acquired Pursuant to a Consulting Agreement to Approximately 14 Firm Customers
Steven Dash and Stephen Zipkin of Hallmark Investments, Inc. allegedly sold 39,600 unregistered shares of Avalanche International Corp. (AVLP), which Hallmark had purportedly acquired pursuant to a consulting agreement, to approximately fourteen firm customers at fraudulently inflated prices, according to a Complaint from FINRA’s Department of Enforcement currently under review by attorneys Jason Kane and James Booker.
Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane securities practice lawyers are investigating Steven Dash and Stephen Zipkin’s alleged sale of unregistered securities transactions.
Investors who believe they may have lost money in activity related to Steven Dash and Stephen Zipkin’s alleged sale of unregistered securities transactions are encouraged to contact attorneys Jason Kane or James Booker with any useful information or for a free, no obligation discussion about their options.
Hallmark, Dash and Zipkin allegedly implemented the use of an outside brokerage firm, manipulative trading, and making misleading trade confirmations to sell nearly 40,000 shares of stock that the firm owned to 14 customers at fraudulently inflated prices, according to the aforementioned Complaint.
Hallmark, purportedly at Dash’s behest, used a pre-arranged trading scheme to sell said shares to the clients at $3.00 per share while at the time the public offering price for Avalanche shares was merely $2.05 per share wherein Hallmark sold Avalanche shares to other customers at prices as low as 80 cents, the Complaint states.
Hallmark, Dash and Zipkin allegedly never made disclosures to said customers that the shares they were purchasing belonged to Hallmark, and that the firm was charging huge mark-ups on the transactions, the Complaint reports.
What is more, the firm was allegedly selling Avalanche shares to other customers during the same period at quite lower prices, or that the shares could be bought for substantially less on the open market, the Complaint notes. As a result of the foregoing behavior, Hallmark, Dash and Zipkin allegedly violated NASD and FINRA Rules, the Complaint states.
FINRA Expels Hallmark Investments, Inc., Bars CEO Steven Dash and Suspends and Fines Zipkin Suspended for Two Years and Fined over $18,000 in Restitution
FINRA recently announced that it has expelled New York-based Hallmark Investments, Inc. and barred its Chief Executive Officer, Steven G. Dash, in connection with an alleged scheme to sell shares of stock to customers at fraudulently inflated prices, according to the aforementioned Complaint from FINRA’s Department of Enforcement presently being reviewed by attorneys Jason Kane and James Booker.
FINRA also purportedly suspended Hallmark representative Stephen Zipkin for two years and has allegedly required him to pay more than $18,000 in restitution to affected customers, the Complaint notes.
Securities Lawyers Investigating
The Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane securities lawyers often represent investors who lose money as a result of alleged investment-related fraud or misconduct and are currently investigating Steven Dash and Stephen Zipkin’s alleged sale of unregistered securities transactions. They take most cases of this type on a contingency fee basis and advance the case costs, and only get paid for their fees and costs out of money they recover for their clients.
Investors who believe they lost money as a result of Steven Dash and Stephen Zipkin’s alleged sale of unregistered securities transactions may contact the securities lawyers at Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane, Jason Kane or James Booker, for a free no-obligation evaluation of their recovery options, at (585) 310-5140 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.