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Press Release - Denver Attorney Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Stealing from Investor

November 10, 2023  - Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has announced that Steven Bachar, a disbarred attorney and the founder of Denver-based Empowerment Capital LLC, was sentenced today to three years in prison. Judge Eric Johnson also ordered Bachar to pay $182,000 in restitution. In September, Mr. Bachar pleaded guilty to one count of felony Theft.

Immediate Steps For Firms to Take Regarding TD Ameritrade Transition to Charles Schwab & CO, Inc.

DENVER, CO – September 1, 2023 - The Colorado Division of Securities (“Division”) is issuing this Adviser Alert to provide regulatory guidance to investment advisers who utilized TD Ameritrade (TDA) to custody clients’ assets. The conversion of TDA accounts to Charles Schwab & CO., Inc. (SCH) is scheduled to be completed by September 5, 2023, at which time TD Ameritrade will cease to exist. Advisers who utilized TDA as their custodian need to decide immediately on whether to convert accounts to SCH or select an alternate custodian.

Colorado Securities Regulator Recoups Overcharges for Colorado Investors in Commodity Firm’s Bankruptcy Plan

Colorado Securities Commissioner Tung announced that investors that purchased retail precious metals from Lear Capital will receive compensation as a part of Lear’s bankruptcy plan. State securities regulators had been investigating Lear for deceptive securities and commodities activities and misleading marketing at the time of the company’s bankruptcy.

Press Release - Colorado Securities Commissioner Announces Settlement With Robinhood For Failing Investors

April 6, 2023  - The Colorado Securities Commissioner Tung Chan announced a multi-state settlement with Robinhood Financial LLC who will pay up to $10.2 million in penalties for operational and technical failures that harmed main street investors and will implement internal changes.

Alert - New Colorado Securities Rules Effective Today

March 30, 2023 --  The Colorado Division of Securities (“Division”) is providing notice that on March 30, 2023, new rules adopted by the Securities Commissioner have become effective. The Colorado Securities Act and rules can be found on the Division’s website at Statutes and Rules. The Statement and Basis of Purpose and a redlined copy of the rules can be found on the Division's website at Rule Making Notices and Opinions.

Colorado Division of Securities Joins $22.5 Million Multistate Securities Settlement Against Crypto Platform Nexo Capital

March 17, 2023 --  The Colorado Division of Securities has issued a consent order against Nexo Capital Inc. (Nexo), a Cayman Islands-based corporation that provides cryptocurrency-related financial services. The Division’s action is part of a nationwide settlement of alleged securities law violations by Nexo in connection with its Earn Interest Product (EIP) accounts. Nexo’s EIP promised to pay investors interest on cryptocurrency deposited into a Nexo “crypto interest account.”