The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that on November 8, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled that Timothy Page, of Malibu, California, and his company Testre LP are liable for violating the registration provisions of the federal securities laws. The Court ordered Page to pay $2.49 million in disgorgement and $400,284 in prejudgment interest. The Court also ordered three relief defendants – Reagan Rowland and Rodney Rowland, of Los Angeles, California, and John Coutris, of Irving, Texas – to pay back their ill-gotten gains.
The Commission’s complaint alleged that Page and Testre violated the registration provisions of the federal securities laws when they engaged in an unregistered public offering of ConnectAJet.com, Inc., a reverse-merger company that claimed it would “revolutionize the aviation industry” by creating a real-time, online booking system for private jet travel. The Commission alleged that Page and his collaborators purchased tens of millions of shares directly from ConnectAJet.com, Inc. for pennies per share, under a purported registration exemption under the Securities Exchange Act of 1933, Regulation D, Rule 504. The Commission alleged that Page then touted the stock to investors through a national marketing campaign and dumped his shares into the public market when no registration statement was filed or in effect.
The Court ruled that Page and Testre violated Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933. In addition to the monetary relief granted by the Court, the Commission continues to seek the following additional relief against Page and Testre: civil penalties, penny stock bars, and injunctions from future violations of Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933. Reagan Rowland and Rodney Rowland were ordered to pay $138,219 and John Coutris was ordered to pay $281,840 in ill-gotten gains they received from Ryan Reynolds, one of Page’s collaborators.