SEC Charges Florida Man in Fraudulent “Free-Riding” Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that it charged 25-year-old Tyrone Johnny Lacy, Jr. (“Lacy”) of Sefner, Florida with conducting a fraudulent “free-riding” scheme in which he took advantage of credits offered by certain broker-dealers to buy over $300,000 in securities without having funds to pay for them.

The SEC’s complaint alleges that, from at least October 1, 2022 to October 26, 2022, Lacy used a falsified brokerage account application and sham deposits from bank accounts with minimal funds to induce two broker-dealers to provide “instant buying power” credit allowing Lacy to purchase securities. According to the complaint, before Lacy’s fraudulent deposits were reversed due to insufficient funds in his bank accounts, he used the credit extended to him by the broker-dealers to purchase approximately $331,700 in securities. Lacy allegedly withdrew approximately $1,600 in trading profits and left one broker-dealer with a loss of approximately $1,500.

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