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SEC Sues Ristau and PacketSwitch
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Source: Mi2N - December 18, 2001

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed securities fraud charges against PacketSwitch.Com Inc, a California corporation, "purportedly set up to develop a wireless internet technology by which movies could be viewed through the Internet," and its former President and CEO, Steven A. Ristau. The SEC alleges the defendants sold $3.7 million of stock in PacketSwitch.Com to between 700 and 900 investors, "many of whom included individuals that Ristau knew through his relationships with large churches in the San Jose area, in an unregistered offering and made numerous misrepresentations in soliciting investors".

The SEC says Ristau's and PacketSwitch.Com's "numerous misrepresentations" included claiming the company had a new technology that allowed it to broadcast movies wirelessly over the Net; either had, or was, in the process of obtaining patents for its purported ,technology; had substantial operations in Africa and Asia, including a billion dollar contract with the Republic of Korea; and, had strategic partnerships and alliances with various large, publicly traded telecommunications companies.

According to the complaint, PacketSwitch.Com was in reality a start-up with no revenue and no real product. It also alleges the defendants didn't disclose that a significant portion of the funds raised went to Ristau for his own personal use, including purchasing a $1.8 million home in San Jose, paying for the Ristaus' family vacation to Hawaii, $66,000 of Ristau's delinquent child support, payments for Ristau's Lexis automobile, a camper/trailer for Ristau's wife and various other personal items; and, that Ristau received sales commissions based on a percentage of proceeds raised by the company and that Ristau didn't disclose to investors that any of the funds raised would go to pay for sales commissions.

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