Owner of Financial Visions companies ordered to pay $6.5m in disgorgement
The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado has issued a final consent judgment against Daniel B. Rudden and his companies for running a years-long Ponzi scheme, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said today.
The SEC’s complaint, filed on July 19, 2018, alleged that Rudden and a group of companies operating under the name Financial Visions defrauded more than 100 investors after promising them annual returns of 12% or more. Since at least 2010 or 2011, Rudden allegedly used new investor funds to pay interest and redemptions to existing investors and concealed the Financial Visions companies’ true financial performance and condition.
According to the complaint, Rudden continued to represent the business as successful to existing and prospective investors when he knew that he was running a Ponzi scheme.
The SEC obtained an emergency freeze of Rudden’s remaining assets shortly after filing its complaint.
In a parallel action, in July 2018 the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado filed criminal charges against Rudden. In June 2019, Rudden was sentenced to serve 121 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of nearly $20 million to the victims of his Ponzi scheme.
The final consent judgment in the SEC action permanently enjoins Rudden and the Financial Visions companies from violating the antifraud provisions of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. The judgment also orders disgorgement of $6,511,721, to be offset by the order of restitution imposed in the related criminal case. Finally, the order provides that Rudden’s frozen assets can be used to help satisfy that criminal restitution order.