The Securities and Exchange Commission charged three individuals who defrauded investors in a company that falsely claimed to be developing a caffeinated chocolate snack and nearing an acquisition by Monster Energy or Coca-Cola Co.
The defendants falsely promised investors that after being acquired, Starship Snack Corp. investors would get a one-to-one exchange of Starship shares for Monster or Coca-Cola shares. Moreover, the defendants falsely claimed that investors had “no down-side risk” and that investors could get their investment back with 5 percent interest if the shares failed to appreciate over a year.
According to the SEC’s complaint, Starship had no agreement with Monster Energy or Coca-Cola , and the defendants used investor funds as their own personal piggy bank, spending them to rent and decorate a New York City apartment, and on travel, meals, and other personal expenses.
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