“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.”
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.
"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."
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.
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.
A lawsuit containing factual allegations consistent with Hayman's research regarding the Shahan Prarie development will proceed against several UDF entities, the Fifth District Court of Appeals of Texas ruled on May 29, 2020. Megatel Homes III, LLC sued United Development Funding, L.P., United Development Funding II, L.P., United Development Funding III, L.P., United Development Funding IV, and United Development Funding Income Fund V.
“Megatel asserts that neither Shahan Prairie nor the Buffington Entities took any significant steps to develop the land made the subject of their contracts. Megatel further asserts the UDF Parties did not provide BHM, LAMP, or Scenic Loop with sufficient funds to perform their development obligations.”