MoonTrades / Austin Shepherd Broker Fraud & Misconduct
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Veach Law is filing claims against Austin Shepherd and MoonTrades on behalf of investors who have lost money after Mr. Shepherd began trading their investment accounts. Mr. Shepherd holds himself out to be an options expert. Based on a diligent search, it does not appear that Mr. Shepperd is licensed to recommend or trade any investments. At MoonTrades he offers several different “services.”
One customer signed up for a membership in what MoonTrades calls “Account Growth” and paid a one-time fee of $850. Mr. Shepherd traded the customer’s account. Mr. Shepherd promised the customer that he would grow the account by a minimum of 15% during the first month. In addition to the one-time fee, Mr. Shepherd was entitled to receive 20% of any gains in the account on a daily basis. He assured the customer there would not be any loses.
Instead of gains, Mr. Shepherd lost approximately 95% of the money that the customer had entrusted to Mr. Shepherd to trade, over $100,000 in less than a month.
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I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale in 1975, and my law degree from Georgetown University School of Law in 1983. I attended the Hotchkiss School for high school, after which I spent a year at Malvern College in England as an English Speaking Union Scholar. I am licensed to practice law in Texas, the District of Columbia, Tennessee, and North Carolina, as well as being admitted to represent clients before FINRA in SEC regulated arbitration nationwide.
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Fraudulent Leasing Program
Represented 375 investors in state and federal actions relating to a fraudulent leasing program, collecting over $7 million for the investors.
Represented investor class in class action against a major law firm, collecting over $2.5 million.
Represented 60 individuals in an insurance Ponzi scheme and obtained a $9.5 million jury verdict.
Fraudulent Investment Offerings
Represented 47 individuals against a major Life Insurance company regarding a fraudulent investment offering, collecting over $5 million for the investors.
Premature Termination of Fund
Represented investor class in class action against mutual fund family regarding premature termination of a fund, collecting over $3 million for the investors.
Represented hundreds of individuals in arbitration and court proceedings relating to investments, collecting over $30 million dollars for the investors.
Corporate SEC Investigations
Represented “Inc. 100” corporation in SEC investigation, threatened delisting by the NASDAQ and class action securities litigation.
Officer SEC Investigation
Represented former Chief Operating Officer of major corporation and his family in an investigation by the SEC.
SEC Investigations and International Corporations
Represented Canadian corporation in SEC investigation, threatened delisting by the American Stock Exchange and application to the NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.
Represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation connected with the failure of a savings and loan associations, resulting in multimillion dollar judgments against culpable officers and directors.
Conducted an extensive investigation of potential securities law violations in connection with the operation by a brokerage firm of a “covered call” options program for the savings and loan association.
Represented a Fortune 100 company in an action contesting the sale of three $200 million vessels; the action proceeded simultaneously in administrative and judicial forums to a very successful negotiated settlement.
Government Agency Contracts
Litigated numerous cases involving contracts with government agencies, including several cases before the General Services Board of Contract Appeals.
Represented the inventor of drug compounds that have received national attention in contract negotiations with the inventor’s research hospital and with pharmaceutical companies interested in obtaining licenses for the compounds.