The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged a Florida-based investment manager and his firm for failing to provide SEC examiners with records of a mutual fund advisory business that invested in NASCAR-related stocks.
The SEC examiners sought records from David W. Dube and Peak Wealth Opportunities LLC while examining a mutual fund they advised called the Stock Car Stock Index Fund. Despite repeated requests, Dube and Peak Wealth failed to furnish certain records to the SEC.
According to an SEC order initiating administrative proceedings, Peak Wealth was the adviser to the Stock Car Stock Index fund from 2008 to June 2010. SEC examination staff requested records from Peak Wealth and Dube in 2010 while examining Peak Wealth’s advisory business and the operations of the fund.
The SEC further alleges that Dube and Peak Wealth:
- Failed to make and keep certain required financial records.
- Failed to withdraw Peak Wealth’s registration with the SEC and make other required filings.
- Failed to provide the fund’s board of directors with information reasonably necessary to assess Peak Wealth’s advisory fees.
Simultaneously with the SEC’s examination in 2010, the fund’s board requested information from Peak Wealth and Dube as part of the fund’s required annual evaluation of its advisory agreements. The annual evaluations are required under Section 15(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, which also requires advisers to provide their boards with information reasonably necessary to conduct those evaluations. Despite requesting additional time to respond to the board, Peak Wealth and Dube failed to provide any of the requested documents. The board subsequently terminated Peak Wealth’s advisory agreement and liquidated the fund by returning the money to investors.
Under the relevant rules, the SEC could seek to permanently bar Dube from association with an SEC registered investment adviser or broker dealer.
The foregoing information, which is publicly available on the SEC’s website, is provided by The White Law Group. The White Law Group is a national securities fraud, securities arbitration, and investor protection law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Boca Raton, Florida.
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