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SEC Charges Filed in $7 Million Pump and Dump Scheme

Today, the Commission filed a complaint against

Jonathan R. Curshen, 46, a Sarasota, Florida resident who allegedly founded and led Red Sea Management Ltd., (“Red Sea”), a Costa Rican asset protection company that, according to the complaint, effected pump-and-dump schemes on behalf of its clients and laundered millions of dollars in trading proceeds out of the United States to its clients;

David C. Ricci, 39, and Ronny Morales Salazar, 39, of San Jose, Costa Rica, whom the complaint describes as Red Sea stock traders;

Ariav “Eric” Weinbaum, 37, and Yitzchak (or Izhack) Zigdon, 47, of Israel, allegedly two of Red Sea’s clients;

Robert L. Weidenbaum, 44, of Coral Gables, Florida, allegedly a stock promoter who operates a company called CLX & Associates, Inc.; and

Michael S. Krome, 49, a Lake Grove, New York lawyer, who allegedly wrote a fraudulent opinion letter for their respective roles in a fraudulent pump-and-dump scheme in the common stock of CO2 Tech Ltd. that was carried out from late 2006 through April 2007.

According to the complaint, the defendants’ coordinated misconduct enabled them to sell CO2 Tech stock at artificially inflated prices, resulting in profits of over $7 million. Defendant Ricci simultaneously offered to settle with the Commission in a consent submitted for the Court’s consideration.