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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Idaho Man Sentenced for Engaging in Penny Stock Fraud and Making False Statements to the SEC

BOSTON – An Idaho man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for participating in a market manipulation scheme involving the stock of Endeavor Power Corp., and then making false statements to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with its investigation of the fraud scheme.

Samuel Brown, 38, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to three years of probation – with the first five months to be served in home detention – and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $22,237. In July 2015, Brown pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud, and one count of making false statements to the SEC. 

Between approximately July 2012 and March 2013, Brown conspired to manipulate the securities of Endeavor. In September 2013, Brown provided sworn testimony to the SEC relating to questions about trading in the stock. In pleading guilty, Brown admitted that he misled the SEC during the course of its examination.


In October 2015, Edward Withrow III and Marco Babini were charged in an indictment for conspiring with Brown. Withrow’s trial ended in a hung jury in December 2017, and he subsequently pleaded guilty to also making false statements to the SEC. Babini remains at large and is charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of securities fraud and two counts of wire fraud.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. SEC Attorney Eric A. Forni, who was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuted the case.

The remaining defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Securities, Commodities, & Investment Fraud
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Updated January 31, 2019