BELLEVUE WOMAN SENTENCED IN “PUMP & DUMP” STOCK SCHEME
August 11, 2009
(SEATTLE, WA) -- Beverlee Kamerling 65, of Bellevue was sentenced last Friday by U.S. District Judge Richard Jones to 90 months (7+ years) in prison for her role in a “pump and dump” securities fraud scheme in which more than 3,300 investors lost over $2.4 Million dollars.
As part of the scheme, the conspirators acquired publicly traded “shell” companies, hid their association with the companies, falsified and concealed material information on disclosure documents made available to the investing public, and then used faxes and press releases to try to boost the stock price.
The conspirators then sold stock through nominees at a profit and laundered the money overseas. The companies named in the Indictment were all Washington corporations: America Asia Energy Corporation, Coattec Industries, Inc., Detex Security Systems, Inc, and Global Gaming Network, Inc. Kamerling was also ordered to pay $2,471,784 in restitution.
At sentencing U.S. District Judge Richard Jones told Kamerling, “You just don’t get it... you exhibit total contempt for the law and ethics.... While I don’t believe you were the kingpin... you served as the adhesive for a house built on ill-gotten gain.”
“Ms. Kamerling is a serial fraudster who repeatedly thumbed her nose at securities regulators and the criminal justice system,” said U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Sullivan. He added the sentence, “is a fair and just outcome following a lengthy and detailed investigation”
Ten individuals were convicted of various offenses in connection with the case. Last week, Joel Ramsden, 34, of Delray Beach, Florida, was sentenced to six years in prison, and Kamerling’s son, Nicholas J. Alexander, 24, who resided in Bellevue and in Florida, was sentenced to 41 months in prison.
Disbarred Bellevue lawyer Tolan S. Furusho 39, was sentenced last month to 13 months in prison for his role in the scheme, and for failing to file federal income tax returns. Several other defendants were convicted of perjury for false statements they made to the grand jury in Seattle that was investigating the scheme, or for other efforts to obstruct justice.
The case was investigated by the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Lord, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Robert Kondrat.
Mr. Kondrat is an attorney with the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, specially designated to handle securities fraud cases in federal court.