SEC
Whistleblower
Advocates

November 01, 2016

Michael Reger, Nicholas Shermeta

Market Manipulation

SANCTION AMOUNT: $8,055,441

Defendants: Michael Reger, Nicholas Shermeta

Alleged manipulative scheme centered around a stock price-based bonus target arranged by scheme participants to be paid by Dakota Plains Holdings, the vehicle for the fraud. Defendants are one of the co-founders of the company and a stockbroker who appears to have participated in the inflation of its stock. A network of friends and associates allegedly choreographed extensive sales and purchases during the bonus period, such that Dakota Plains made bonus payments totaling $32 million to the scheme participants.

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