Michael R. Bretzel of Ormond Beach Florida was accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly being a part of a Ponzi scheme that raised approximately $21 million over the course of a year from thousands of investors. Mr. Bretzel was majority owner of Real Estate Fund LLC and allegedly used his status to acquire the trust of many investors. Mr. Bretzel and the defendants allegedly told investors that their funds would be used to invest in Real Estate Fund and Heritage Funding Group which was supposedly investing in real estate properties and secured car loans. Instead of investing clients’ monies, Mr. Bretzel allegedly used the funds on a lavish lifestyle and to repay older investors in a classic Ponzi scheme. In an agreement with the SEC, Mr. Bretzel was ordered to disgorge $44,248,174 in alleged ill-gotten funds. Mr. Bretzel was also ordered to pay prejudgment interest in the amount of $826,650 and pay a civil penalty of $6,500 to the U.S. Treasury.
The SEC has initiated many investigations and filed many SEC administrative disciplinary proceedings and Federal court actions against corporations and their officers, directors and shareholders stockbrokers, investment advisors and others it believed to have violated the Federal securities laws.
Experienced SEC Securities Law Defense Attorney Handling Ormond Beach Florida Investigations and Enforcement Actions
You will need a top rated SEC Securities Law Defense attorney as soon as you receive a telephone call, letter requesting voluntary cooperation or subpoena for testimony or documents in a SEC investigation because this agency acts quickly and aggressively when you appear on its radar. The next thing you know you are a defendant in an SEC administrative proceeding or a Federal court action where you have been enjoined and had all of your bank and securities accounts frozen without notice. You may only have days to persuade a Federal Court Judge why the injunction should be lifted and given back access to your bank and brokerage accounts. These investigations and enforcement actions involve complex securities laws and legal issues which only highly trained and experienced SEC securities law defense trial attorneys can handle.
Attorney Pearce’s knowledge of the Federal securities laws andSEC trial lawyer defense skills are highly regarded throughout Ormond Beach Florida and across the nation. He began his career with the SEC at the New York Regional Office in 1980. Thereafter he moved to Florida and has expanded his SEC securities law defense practice nationwide over his 40 year career. In fact, Federal District Court Judge Janet C. Hall has opined in a public court decision about his knowledge and skills:
In short, Attorney Pearce has knowledge and skill gained over  years of specialized training on the minutiae of broker-dealer practices and procedures and SEC enforcement proceedings which could not be obtained by a competent practicing attorney through routine research or legal experience.
Attorney Pearce is one of the few attorneys who has not only single handedly beat the SEC’s team of lawyers, but recovered his clients’ attorney fees and litigation costs incurred in the defense of the government’s flawed investigation and enforcement action. SEC v. Stephen J. Wilson, Defendant, Civil Action No. 04-cv-1331(JCH), 2009 WL 2381954 (D. Conn.).
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The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. understands what is at stake in securities law matters and works tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case. Mr. Pearce provides a complete case review, identifies the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and fully explains all of your legal options. For dedicated representation by a law firm with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities law and investment disputes serving Ormond Beach Florida citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail.