There are a lot of things that people find mystifying about facing securities fraud charges. One of the things that is often puzzling is some of the terms that are used in these cases. If you are facing this type of criminal charge, we want to make sure that you understand some of the terms you might come across.
One of the most important things to understand is insider trading. This occurs when a person with nonpublic knowledge about a company uses that information to help them decide what they are going to do with their stock. For example, if a person knows that something negative is going to be made public and sells off all his or her stock because of that, it would be considered insider trading. We know that this is a fine line that you have to figure out how not to cross.
A Ponzi scheme is another thing to know about. In this case, the investment the person makes is a scam. Instead of the person getting returns that come from profits, he or she is actually getting money from his or her own investment.
Another issue is misappropriation. This term has to do with a person who is in charge of another person's investments. In the case of misappropriation, the person doesn't hand over the proceeds from the investments to the rightful owner but keeps them for himself or herself instead.
We know that you might not have ever thought you would find yourself in this situation. We are here to help you learn about your options and move forward on your defense.