SEC accuses ex-CEO of NewAge, which shot to pot-stock fame, of ‘multi-year fraud’ – MarketWatch

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed charges against former NewAge Inc. Chief Executive Brent David Willis, accusing him of a “multi-year fraud” that included misleading public statements meant to promote the wellness-focused beverage maker that once hoped to take advantage of the nation’s CBD craze.

The SEC alleged that Willis’ statements created the “illusion” that NewAge was a pioneer in beverages containing CBD — a cannabis compound that is viewed as non-intoxicating — and that its beverage products overall were taking off with big retailers and distributors worldwide, in an effort to boost the company’s financials and stock price.

Source: SEC accuses ex-CEO of NewAge, which shot to pot-stock fame, of ‘multi-year fraud’ – MarketWatch