Provident Royalties / Shale Royalties charged with fraud by SEC
As set out in this SEC Release, Provident Royalties, LLC and many related entities (including Shale Royalties entities) have been charged with engaging in a $485 million offering fraud and orchestrating a ponzi scheme. According to the SEC’s Complaint and release, “Provident falsely promised yearly returns of up to 18 percent,” and used investor funds from later offerings to pay “expenses related to earlier offerings and returns to investors in those offerings.” Unaffiliated brokerage firms were solicited by Provident to sell the investments through placement agreements for each offering, thereby selling the investments to retail investors nationwide.
Investors who were sold these offerings by their stock brokers and have suffered losses may have claims that they can bring in FINRA arbitrations against their brokerage firms. Firms selling such offerings have due diligence duties prior to approval of their sale, and representatives are required to only make suitable recommendations to their customers. Additionally, representatives may not misrepresent the risk of securities they recommend, and they must disclose material facts related to risk. Greco & Greco is pursuing claims in arbitration on behalf of customers who were sold these products. If you think you may have a claim, please contact us for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
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