PENDING CRIMINAL DIVISION CASES
United States v. Keith Berman (Decision Diagnostics, Inc.)
Court Docket No.: 1:20-cr-278 (D. District of Columbia)
Court Assigned: This case is assigned to the Honorable Trevor N. McFadden, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse, 333 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.
The jury trial previously scheduled for December 12 2022, has been continued to July 10, 2023 at 9:00 AM in Courtroom 2 before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The trial will take place in-person. A pretrial conference is set for June 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM.
Criminal Charges: On December 15, 2020, defendant Keith Berman was charged with one count of securities fraud and one count of making false statements. According to the relevant indictment, Berman served as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer of Decision Diagnostics, Inc. (“DECN”), a medical device company domiciled in California that traded common stock in over the counter markets regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). DECN engaged in the business of developing, manufacturing, and distributing glucose test strips and meters. The indictment alleges, inter alia, that Berman, having compromised DECN’s financial standing through his misuse of company funds, misrepresented the viability of the aforementioned test trip technology in detecting the COVID-19 novel coronavirus through a series of false and misleading press releases aimed at DECN shareholders and potential shareholders issued over the course of 2020. Several such press releases contained false and misleading statements regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of DECN’s COVID-19 blood “test.” Moreover, Berman used an alias on an online investment message board to promote DECN’s COVID-19 blood test to shareholders and potential shareholders, and to attempt to threaten and intimidate individuals who approached the SEC and other regulators regarding DECN.
On May 11, 2021, Berman was charged in a superseding indictment with one count of securities fraud, one count of wire fraud, one count of obstruction of proceedings, and one count of making false statements.
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