SEC Charges Former Executives At Moviepass and Its Parent Company for Making False Statements to Investors and Falsifying Books and Records

According to the complaint, between August 2017 and at least March 2019, Farnsworth and Lowe intentionally and repeatedly made misstatements in HMNY Commission filings, press releases, and in the press that MoviePass could be profitable at its new, $9.95 per month subscription price; about HMNY’s purported data analytics capabilities; and concerning HMNY’s ability to fund MoviePass’s operations. As further alleged in the complaint, Farnsworth and Lowe also devised fraudulent tactics to prevent MoviePass’s subscribers from using the service. In addition, the complaint alleges that, between January and April 2018, Farnsworth and Lowe knowingly approved false invoices that Itum submitted to HMNY and MoviePass, disguising bonus payments as services purportedly provided by an entity Itum controlled.

Source: Theodore J. Farnsworth, J. Mitchell Lowe, and Khalid Itum (Release No. LR-25525; Sep. 27, 2022)