Charges In $140 Million NY Brokerage Fraud

Litigation Reports

According to Court Watch, six employees of Sky Capital Holdings Ltd turned themselves into the FBI today on charges of $140 million stock manipulation and investment fraud in the United States and Great Britain.

Those in custody include the firm's found and current president and chief executive officer, Ross Mandell. They were charged on a criminal indictment by U.S. prosecutors and a civil case by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The charges include a two-count indictment to commit securites, wire and mail fraud with intent of defrauding investors between 1998 and 2006.

They are expected in court later today.

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The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) TN nonimmigrant status allows qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to temporarily enter the U.S. to engage in specific professional activities, including the occupation of economist. The agreement, however, does not define the term economist, resulting in inconsistent decisions on whether certain analysts and financial professionals qualify for TN status as economists.

TN nonimmigrant status is intended to allow a limited number of professionals and specialists to work temporarily in certain specifically identified occupations in the United States. This updated guidance provides USCIS officers with a specific definition of one such category – economists – allowing them to adjudicate applications in a way that complies with the intent of the agreement. This policy update clarifies that professional economists requesting TN status must engage primarily in activities consistent with the profession of an economist. Individuals who work primarily in other occupations related to the field of economics — such as financial analysts, marketing analysts, and market research analysts — are not eligible for classification as a TN economist.