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SEC Charges Prosperity Investments in Ponzi Scheme Targeting Nigerian Americans

SEC Charges Prosperity Investments in Ponzi Scheme Targeting Nigerian Americans. Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Prosper Moore, Prosperity Investments & Solutions, Nigerian Americans, Ponzi, fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Loganville, Ga., resident Prosper E. Beyond Moore and the entity he controls, Prosperity Investments & Solutions, LLC, with defrauding dozens of investors in the Nigerian-American community who shared Moore’s religious background.

According to the SEC’s complaint, between October 2021 and September 2022, Moore and Prosperity made unregistered offerings of securities and raised more than $1.4 million from over 60 individual investors – many of whom were members of Moore’s church or learned of Moore’s offerings through shared religious affiliations. Per the complaint, Moore falsely marketed Prosperity as an exclusive investing and lending platform with an elite team capable of providing investors with profits of up to 50% monthly.

The complaint alleges that Moore, who had no prior experience working in the financial industry, was the only person making investment decisions and that Prosperity did not actually invest most funds it received from investors. Instead, according to the SEC, Moore operated Prosperity as a Ponzi scheme and used money from new investors to make payments to existing investors and to pay his personal expenses, while generating phony account statements to create the illusion of profits.

The SEC’s complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, charges Moore and Prosperity with violating Sections 5(a), 5(c), and 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. Without admitting or denying the allegations in the SEC’s complaint, Moore and Prosperity each consented to the entry of an order permanently enjoining them from violating the charged provisions and authorizing the court to determine later the amount of disgorgement, prejudgment interest, and civil money penalties that each defendant shall pay. Moore also consented to a permanent officer-and-director bar pursuant to Section 20(e) of the Securities Act and Section 21(d)(2) of the Exchange Act, and to an injunction that permanently bars Moore from participating in the issuance, purchase, offer, or sale of securities, except in his personal account.

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