The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP have filed complaints before The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on behalf of multiple clients against brokerage firm Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing, Inc. (CAMAS) concerning Tamara Steele’s (Steele) recommendation to invest in Behavior Recognition Systems (BRS) (n/k/a Giant Gray, Inc.). The Claimants alleged Steele was registered with CAMAS and that CAMAS failed to supervise Ms. Steele’s sales of BRS or conduct due diligence and that BRS turned out to be a vesicle for investment fraud. BRS raised tens of millions from investors while its owner, Ray Davis (Davis), allegedly misappropriated a sizable portion of investor funds. The complaints allege that Steele solicited her clients to investment millions in BRS.
On September 14, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint alleging that Steele sold approximately $13 million of BRS to more than 120 advisory clients without disclosing that Steele and her firm, Steele Financial, Inc. received commissions of up to 18 percent from the sales.
BRS was a software development company based in Houston, Texas that focused on technology that could analyze video content by imitating learning and memory processes of the human brain. BRS was founded in 2005 by Davis and he served as BRS’ Chairman of the Board until September 2015 and CEO until August 2014. In or around 2013 BRS’ revenues plummeted and its net operating losses increased substantially. By 2014 BRS’ total sales were only $765,000 and the firm suffered a net loss of $37.7 million.