According to the SEC’s complaint, Patten, Coker Sr., and Coker Jr., who was the former Chairman of the Board of Hometown International, took control of the outstanding shares of Hometown International and a separate shell company, E-Waste Corp., artificially inflated the price of both issuers’ stock through manipulative trading, and used the entities to acquire privately-held companies in reverse mergers, with the intent to thereafter dump their shares at grossly inflated prices. Before the defendants were able to reap the intended profits of the schemes, as alleged, numerous news articles were published discussing the issuers’ inflated stock prices.
Background: National securities exchanges (“exchanges”) that trade NMS stocks maintain pricing schedules that set forth the transaction pricing they apply to their broker-dealer members that execute orders on their trading platforms. As self-regulatory organizations under the Exchange Act, exchanges are subject to unique principles and processes that do not apply
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