SEC Obtains Final Judgments Against Florida Microcap CEO and Consultant for Fraud

On May 13, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York entered final consent judgments against Erik (“Rik”) Deitsch, the former CEO of microcap issuer Nutra Pharma Corporation (“Nutra Pharma”), and Sean McManus, a consultant for Nutra Pharma, enjoining them from violating certain provisions of the federal securities laws, ordering disgorgement and civil monetary penalties, imposing penny stock bars, and as to Deitsch, imposing an officer-and-director bar.

According to the SEC’s complaint, Nutra Pharma, a microcap issuer that purports to make pain relief drugs with cobra venom, and Deitsch, issued or posted a series of press releases that materially misled investors. The releases allegedly implied, among other things, that Nutra Pharma had engaged a company to distribute its product internationally, when it had not, and that Nutra Pharma had expanded and upgraded its cobra farm facilities, when it did not own those facilities or the cobras and there were no expansions or upgrades at that time. Nutra Pharma publicized many of these press releases while Nutra Pharma and Deitsch allegedly engaged in an unregistered distribution of its securities to retail investors. In addition, on multiple occasions, Deitsch allegedly engaged in manipulative trading to stabilize or raise Nutra Pharma’s stock price and create the appearance of active trading. Further, Nutra Pharma and Deitsch allegedly failed to make numerous required filings, including ones about the company’s sales of unregistered securities and ones about Deitsch’s beneficial ownership of the company’s securities. McManus allegedly made misrepresentations to investors while acting as an unregistered broker.

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