|Fugitive Joshua Wayne Lankford finally captured! (will join Offill and Gordon soon)|
from the Shell Creation Group
A Tulsa, Okla., securities lawyer, Mr. Gordon, 45, has been accused of stock fraud in several lawsuits, including one from Consolidated Sports Media Group Inc. and another brought unsuccessfully by his brother. He was the lawyer for Deep Rock Oil & Gas Inc. and helped take National Storm Management Inc. public. In a lawsuit, National Storm called him a mastermind of pump-and-dump schemes. More than a half-dozen companies on a subpoena issued to a Dallas brokerage have ties to him. He and his associates have denied wrongdoing.
A former SEC enforcement attorney in Fort Worth, Mr. Offill, 48, was a partner until recently at Godwin Pappas Langley Ronquillo LLP in Dallas. He was a corporate lawyer for Artec and Consolidated Sports. Consolidated Sports says that he helped orchestrate a pump-and-dump scheme on its stock using a junk fax and that two companies he controlled profited. He says he never saw the blast fax before it went out. Some three dozen companies mentioned in the SEC subpoenas list him as an officer, corporate counsel, or in some other capacity. In other cases, one of his companies is listed as a major shareholder. He denies any wrongdoing.
An amateur golfer, Mr. Lindberg, 39, of Coppell, helped take Consolidated Sports and National Storm public, according to Consolidated Sports court documents and National Storm annual reports. Consolidated Sports said in its lawsuit that Mr. Lindberg paid investor Doyle Mark White for arranging a junk fax touting its stock. Nearly 20 companies on the SEC subpoenas list Mr. Lindberg as an officer or consultant, or one of his companies as a major shareholder. And he received several calls from a Florida investor the SEC says played a role in the junk faxes after Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Lindberg declined an interview but denied the allegations in court documents. In a deposition, he said that he’s never been involved in a pump-and-dump scheme and that he transferred the money to Mr. White’s firm on behalf of another company.
DOYLE MARK WHITE
Consolidated Sports said in its lawsuit that Mr. White, 49, of Colleyville, sent a junk fax touting its stock behind the company’s back. Mr. White, a former Irving stockbroker, was barred from the U.S. securities industry last year, accused of manipulating a separate penny stock. In the settlement, he did not admit or deny wrongdoing. Mr. White did not respond to requests for an interview. In a deposition, he said he sent the fax to a distribution service after Consolidated Sports approved it. The company denies that.
Described as an international businessman with ties to Bulgaria, Mr. Zinn, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was sued by the SEC for not answering a subpoena related to the stocks of National Storm and Deep Rock, which were allegedly manipulated after Katrina. A judge ordered him to comply, and the case was dismissed. The SEC said in court documents that Mr. Zinn has ties to two companies managed in London, High Charm Ltd. and Putnam International Consulting, which each made more than $50,000 trading in the stocks. Putnam had paid a marketing company to distribute the junk faxes, according to a disclaimer on the faxes. High Charm and Putnam were also top shareholders in Consolidated Sports. Mr. Zinn and his lawyer did not return phone calls seeking comment.
An entrepreneur who once sold neckties in downtown skyscrapers, Mr. Lankford, 33, became one of the most successful stockbrokers at Dallas brokerage Barron Moore Inc., even becoming part owner before leaving. In its lawsuit, Consolidated Sports says he participated in a pump-and-dump on its stock. He denied the allegations in a deposition, saying he warned company executives that he couldn’t raise money for them until they had revenue.
CHASITY THOMPSON AND JASON FREEMAN
As a business consultant, Ms. Thompson, 28, helped incorporate Artec, Consolidated Sports and National Storm. Plano-based Routh Stock Transfer Inc., which she ran with Mr. Freeman, 31, served as a transfer agent for National Storm, Deep Rock and about 10 other companies listed on SEC subpoenas. Ms. Thompson and Mr. Freeman were consultants for several other companies on the subpoenas. Consolidated Sports alleges that Ms. Thompson falsified corporate records to help commit fraud on its stock. Her attorney said she has done nothing wrong. Earlier this month, Mr. Freeman filed a shareholder lawsuit against Consolidated Sports, saying the company fraudulently funneled money to a consultant who used it to repay investors in past failed ventures. Consolidated Sports lawyers said that hundreds of hours of video footage show the money was spent legitimately.