United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ruettiger et al, No. 2:2011cv02011 - Document 49 (D. Nev. 2014)

Court Description: FINAL JUDGMENT in favor of United States Securities and Exchange Commission against Pawel Dynkowski. Defendant shall satisfy this obligation by paying the total final judgment amount of $4,487,880.88 to the Securities and Exchange Commission within 14 days after entry of this Final Judgment. Signed by Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey on 11/12/14. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
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United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ruettiger et al Doc. 49 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 3 4 5 United States Securities and Exchange Commission, 6 Plaintiff, 7 Case No.: 2:11-cv-2011-JAD-VCF v. 8 Final Judgment as to Defendant Pawel P. Dynkowski [Doc. 48] Rocco Brandonisio, Jr., et al., Defendants. 9 10 11 This securities fraud action involves a scheme to “pump-and-dump” the stock of Rudy 12 Nutrition (RUNU), the details of which were described in my prior order granting in part the 13 Securities and Exchange Commission’s request for a default judgment against defendant 14 Pawel P. Dynkowski and one of his co-defendants, Chad P. Smanjak.1 At that time, I found 15 default judgment was appropriate against Dynkowski and Smanjak, and that both should be 16 (1) permanently enjoined from further violating 15 U.S.C. §§ 77e(a), 77e(c), 77q(a) 78j(b), 17 and 17 C.F.R. § 240.10b-5; and (2) barred from participating in penny-stock offerings under 18 15 U.S.C. §§ 77t(g), 78u(d)(6). Doc. 39 at 18. I also found Dynkowski and Smanjak liable 19 for disgorgement, prejudgment interest, and third-tier civil penalties. See id. at 13-17. 20 However, I also concluded that the SEC had not supplied adequate evidence of how it arrived 21 at its requested $4.2 million disgorgement amount and thus denied this portion of the SEC’s 22 motion without prejudice. Id. at 13-17. All that remains in the SEC’s case against these two 23 defendants is to determine the amount of disgorgement, prejudgment interest, and third-tier 24 civil penalties, and to enter a final judgment for damages and injunctive relief. This is the 25 subject of the SEC’s current motion, which it brings against Dynkowski only.2 26 27 1 I incorporate these details by reference. See Doc. 39 at 1-6. 28 2 I find this motion suitable for disposition without a hearing. Nev. L.R. 78-2. 1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 The SEC requests that Dynkowski be ordered to disgorge $2,010,286 and pay 2 $467,308.88 in prejudgment interest and a third-tier civil penalty of $2,010,286—equal to his 3 gross pecuniary gain—for a total liability of $4,487.880.88. See Doc. 48 at 2. To prove the 4 disgorgement and prejudgment interest amounts, the SEC offers the Declaration of Anthony 5 Richard Petrilla, the primary investigator of the RUNU pump-and-dump scheme. Doc. 48-1 6 at 1. Petrilla affirms that he received financial documents from Penson Financial Services, 7 the clearing broker-dealer for the trades Dynkowski directed. Id. at 2. The monthly 8 statements indicate that the total sales of the RUNU stock for which Dynkowski was 9 involved were $6,018,073.43. Docs. 48-1 at 4; see Doc. 48-2. Of these proceeds, RUNU 10 received $797,500; co-defendant Steven DeCesare received $1.2 million; Dynkowski and 11 Smanjak split the remaining $4,020,573.43. Doc. 48-1 at 4. Petrilla also affirms that he 12 calculated prejudgment interest on these amounts using the IRS tax underpayment rate in 26 13 U.S.C. § 6621(a)(2), and has provided a breakdown of the prejudgment interest calculations. 14 Id. at 4-5. Based on this detailed and comprehensive evidentiary support, and I grant the 15 SEC’s motion for $2,010,286 in disgorgement and $467,308.88 in prejudgment interest 16 against Dynkowski in full. 17 As to civil penalties, I previously concluded that the seriousness of Dynkowski’s 18 conduct “weigh[s] heavily in favor of imposing a substantial penalty,” and I incorporate my 19 prior discussion of Dynkowski’s culpability for civil penalties herein by reference. Doc. 39 20 at 15-16. In a separate order I also previously concluded that another defendant in this 21 scheme, Gregg Mulholland, is liable for a third-tier civil penalty in an amount equal to his 22 gross pecuniary gain, a discussion I also incorporate by reference. See Doc. 41 at 15-16. 23 Dynkowski’s involvement in and culpability for the scheme was more comprehensive than 24 Mulholland’s, see Docs. 39, 41, and I have little difficulty concluding that he, like 25 Mulholland, should also be assessed a civil penalty equal to his gross pecuniary gain.3 26 Therefore, I grant the SEC’s motion for a $2,010,286 civil penalty against Dynkowski in full. 27 28 3 See, Security Exchange Commission v. CMKM Diamonds, Inc., 635 F. Supp. 2d 1185, 1192-93 (D. Nev. 2009) (imposing third-tier penalty equal to disgorgement amount). 2 1 Conclusion 2 Accordingly, and based on the foregoing analysis, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, 3 ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Defendant Pawel P. Dynkowski and his agents, 4 servants, employees, attorneys, and all persons in active concert or participation with him 5 who receive actual notice of this Final Judgment by personal service or otherwise are 6 permanently restrained and enjoined from violating, directly or indirectly, Section 10(b) of 7 the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) [15 U.S.C. § 78j(b)] and Rule 8 10b-5 promulgated thereunder [17 C.F.R. § 240.10b-5], by using any means or 9 instrumentality of interstate commerce, or of the mails, or of any facility of any national 10 securities exchange, in connection with the purchase or sale of any security: 11 (a) to employ any device, scheme, or artifice to defraud; 12 (b) to make any untrue statement of a material fact or to omit to state a material 13 fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in the light of the 14 circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; or 15 (c) to engage in any act, practice, or course of business which operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit upon any person. 16 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, 17 ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Defendant Dynkowski and his agents, servants, 18 employees, attorneys, and all persons in active concert or participation with him who receive 19 actual notice of this Final Judgment by personal service or otherwise are permanently 20 restrained and enjoined from violating Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 (the 21 “Securities Act”) [15 U.S.C. § 77q(a)] in the offer or sale of any security by the use of any 22 means or instruments of transportation or communication in interstate commerce or by use of 23 the mails, directly or indirectly: 24 (a) to employ any device, scheme, or artifice to defraud; 25 (b) to obtain money or property by means of any untrue statement of a material 26 fact 27 or any omission of a material fact necessary in order to make the statements 28 made, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not 3 misleading; or 1 2 (c) to engage in any transaction, practice, or course of business which operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit upon the purchaser. 3 4 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Defendant 5 Dynkowski and his agents, servants, employees, attorneys, and all persons in active concert 6 or participation with him who receive actual notice of this Final Judgment by personal 7 service or otherwise are permanently restrained and enjoined from violating Section 5 of the 8 Securities Act [15 U.S.C. § 77e] by, directly or indirectly, in the absence of any applicable 9 exemption: 10 (a) Unless a registration statement is in effect as to a security, making use of any 11 means or instruments of transportation or communication in interstate 12 commerce or of the mails to sell such security through the use or medium of 13 any prospectus or otherwise; 14 (c) Making use of any means or instruments of transportation or communication in 15 interstate commerce or of the mails to offer to sell or offer to buy through the 16 use or medium of any prospectus or otherwise any security, unless a 17 registration statement has been filed with the Commission as to such security, 18 or while the registration statement is the subject of a refusal order or stop order 19 or (prior to the effective date of the registration statement) any public 20 proceeding or examination under Section 8 of the Securities Act [15 U.S.C. § 21 77h]. 22 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Defendant 23 Dynkowski is permanently barred from participating in an offering of penny stock, including 24 engaging in activities with a broker, dealer, or issuer for purposes of issuing, trading, or 25 inducing or attempting to induce the purchase or sale of any penny stock. A penny stock is 26 any equity security that has a price of less than five dollars, except as provided in Rule 27 3a51-1 under the Exchange Act [17 C.F.R. 240.3a51-1]. 28 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that judgment is 4 1 entered against Defendant Dynkowski for disgorgement of $2,010,286 representing profits 2 gained as a result of the conduct alleged in the Complaint, together with prejudgment interest 3 thereon in the amount of $467,308.88, and a civil penalty in the amount of $2,010,286, 4 pursuant to Section 21(d)(3)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [15 U.S.C. § 5 78u(d)(3)(B)] and Section 20(d) of the Securities Act of 1933 [15 U.S.C. § 77t(d)]. 6 Defendant shall satisfy this obligation by paying the total final judgment amount of 7 $4,487,880.88 to the Securities and Exchange Commission within 14 days after entry of this 8 Final Judgment. Defendant may transmit payment electronically to the Commission, which 9 will provide detailed ACH transfer/Fedwire instructions upon request. Payment may also be 10 made directly from a bank account via Pay.gov through the SEC website at 11 http://www.sec.gov/about/ offices/ofm.htm. Defendant also may pay by certified check, 12 bank cashier’s check, or United States postal money order payable to the Securities and 13 Exchange Commission, which shall be delivered or mailed to: 14 Enterprise Services Center 15 Accounts Receivable Branch 16 6500 South MacArthur Boulevard 17 Oklahoma City, OK 73169 18 and shall be accompanied by a letter identifying the case title, civil action number, and name 19 of this Court; Pawel P. Dynkowski as a defendant in this action; and specifying that payment 20 is made pursuant to this Final Judgment. Defendant shall simultaneously transmit 21 photocopies of evidence of payment and case identifying information to the Commission’s 22 counsel in this action. By making this payment, Defendant relinquishes all legal and 23 equitable right, title, and interest in such funds and no part of the funds shall be returned to 24 Defendant. The Commission shall send the funds paid pursuant to this Final Judgment to the 25 United States Treasury. The Commission may enforce the Court’s judgment for 26 disgorgement and prejudgment interest by moving for civil contempt (and/or through other 27 collection procedures authorized by law) at any time after 14 days following entry of this 28 Final Judgment. Defendant shall pay post-judgment interest on any delinquent amounts 5 1 2 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1961. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that this Court shall 3 retain jurisdiction of this matter for the purposes of enforcing the terms of this Final 4 Judgment. There being no just reason for delay, pursuant to Rule 54(b) of the Federal Rules 5 of Civil Procedure, the Clerk is directed to enter this Final Judgment forthwith and without 6 further notice. 7 8 9 DATED: November 12, 2014. _________________________________ Jennifer A. Dorsey United States District Judge 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 6