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shutterstock_143448874The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating client claims regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) complaint against Thomas Abdallah (a/k/a Tom Abraham), Kenneth Grant and their company KGTA Petroleum, Ltd. (“KGTA”) concerning a fraudulent investment scheme. Also named in the complaint are two registered representatives, Jerry Cicolani and Jeffrey Gainer who were associated with Primesolutions Securities, Inc., (Primesolutions) a brokerage firm.

According to the SEC, Grant and Abdallah marketed KGTA to investors as a petroleum company that earns profits by buying and reselling crude oil and other fuel products. Investors were purportedly told that they had relationships with bona fide third party purchasers and that they would use investor funds to buy fuel at a discount that would then be sold at a substantial profit. The KGTA investment was pitched to investors as an opportunity that offered astronomical returns – typically between 2% to 4% per month or 24-48% annualized – with no market risk.

According to the SEC, Grant and Abdallah convinced investors to buy KGTA promissory notes (KGTA Notes) by promising that the investment funds and the returns would flow through an escrow account monitored by attorney Mark George who would act as the escrow agent. Grant, Abdallah, and George promised that investor funds would be held in George’s IOLTA account until KGTA received a firm purchase order from a bona fide third party purchaser.

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