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SEC Deregisters UDF Securities: “[UDF] engaged in serious and recurrent violations. . .”

Posted August 14, 2020

"The 'reporting requirements are the primary tools which Congress has fashioned for the protection of investors from negligent, careless, and deliberate misrepresentations in the sale of stock and securities.'  Respondents engaged in serious and recurrent violations of these critically important requirements and did so with a high degree of culpability." 

PCAOB Sanctions Whitley Penn LLP, UDF Engagement Partners and Engagement Quality Review Partner

Posted April 17, 2020

“The Board is imposing these sanctions based on its findings that: (1) Powell and Babb violated PCAOB rules and standards in connection with the audits of the 2012-2014 financial statements of United Development Funding III, L.P., and the review of that issuer's Q3 2015 interim financial statements; (2) Lawlis violated PCAOB rules and standards in connection with the audits of the 2013-2014 financial statements of United Development Funding IV and the review of that issuer's Q3 2015 interim financial statements; and (3) WP violated PCAOB rules and standards by failing to design, implement, and maintain appropriate quality control policies and procedures.”

“The Board deems it necessary and appropriate, for the protection of investors and to further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports, that disciplinary proceedings be, and hereby are, instituted pursuant to Section 105(c) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as amended (the "Act") and PCAOB Rule 5200(a)(1) against Respondents.”

ALERT: U.S. Federal Judge Sam Lindsay orders the creation of a Fair Fund for investors in UDF

Posted July 17, 2019

On July 16, 2019, the U.S. Federal District Judge Sam Lindsay ordered the creation of a Fair Fund to compensate investors in UDF who lost money because of UDF management’s illegal and unethical activities as charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 3, 2018.  

ALERT: UDF “used Land Opportunity Fund as a pawn in the Ponzi scheme”

Posted July 16, 2019

"To do so, UDF used funds from UDF IV, V, and LOF to (1) either 'purchase' portions of non-performing loans from UDF III, which loans defaulted shortly after the purchase, or (2) to make 'loans' to entities that had already borrowed money from UDF III but had trouble paying it back, and have those entities in turn repay the earlier loans to UDF III."  

SEC Complaint

Posted July 9, 2018

The attached complaint was filed by the SEC and alleges from at least January 2011 through December 2015, UDF used money from a newer fund to pay distributions to investors in an older fund, without adequately disclosing the use of funds and the nature and status of loans made to developers.

SEC Charges Real Estate Investment Funds and Executives for Misleading Investors

Posted July 9, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against two real estate investment funds and four executives in connection with their alleged roles in misleading investors by failing to disclose that it was using money from a newer fund to pay distributions to investors in the older fund.

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