U.S.-Canadian man charged for Cynk trades, $300 million fraud

Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:24pm EDT
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By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A dual U.S. and Canadian citizen has been criminally charged with running a stock manipulation fraud that generated $300 million of illegal profit, and included a pump-and-dump scheme that caused the market value of little-known Cynk Technology Corp to rocket past $6 billion.

Gregg Mulholland, 45, is charged with securities fraud and money laundering conspiracies following his arrest on Tuesday at Phoenix International Airport during a layover of his flight to Mexico from Canada.

Mulholland's arrest and criminal charges were announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Kelly Currie in Brooklyn, New York.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a related civil lawsuit against Mulholland, who authorities said lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and San Juan Capistrano, California.

It was unclear whether Mulholland has hired a lawyer.

Last July, U.S. authorities suspended trading in Cynk, a development stage company with no revenue or assets, after its share price soared without explanation to $21.95 from 6 cents in less than a month.

That surge, which followed a month when no Cynk shares were traded at all, briefly gave the company a market value higher than three dozen members of the Standard & Poor's 500.

Using wiretaps to build their case, authorities believe Mulholland, who sometimes went by the names "Stamps" and "Charlie Wolf," was behind that volatility, having previously amassed tens of millions of Cynk shares to conduct a "classic" pump and dump scheme.   Continued...