SEC: Felons, Recidivists Pushed ‘Green’ Energy Securities Swindle Through California ‘Boiler Room’; 6 People Charged In $11 Million Fraud Case

About 200 investors turned over $11 million to a boiler-room operation selling investments in a purported “green” energy company, the SEC said.

The alleged swindle in which Kensington Resources Inc. sold unregistered shares of American Environmental Energy Inc. (AEEI) was pulled off by a convicted felon with the help of a recidivist securities offender, the SEC alleged.

Also charged in the case was yet-another convicted felon who was sentenced to federal prison more than a decade ago for telemarketing fraud, along with yet-another recidivist securities fraudster sued by the SEC in in 1998, according to records.

All in all, the SEC charged six people in the alleged boiler-room caper:

  • Joseph Rudolph Porche, 51, of Aliso Viejo, Calif. Porche, one of two alleged ringleaders and the former chief executive officer of Kensington, pleaded guilty in 2001 to four counts of mail fraud and was sentenced to 37 months in prison, the SEC said. Federal records show he was released from prison in 2003.
  • Larry Ray Crowder, 53, of Newport Coast, Calif. Also named a ringleader by the SEC, Crowder is Kensington’s former president. Crowder was charged by the SEC in 1998 with raising at least $15.7 million from more than 600 investors in an oil-and-gas venture. The oil-and-gas scheme involved misrepresentations in the sale of limited partnerships, the SEC said.
  • Gary Kennan Juncker, 47, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Juncker is a former senior vice president at Kensington. In 1998, according to records, Juncker was convicted on four counts of mail fraud in a telemarketing scheme and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Federal records show he was released from prison in 2000.
  • Dale Jay Engelhardt, 46, of San Clemente, Calif. Engelhardt, a former member of Kensington’s sales staff, was one of Crowder’s co-defendants in the 1998 swindle, the SEC said.
  • Konrad Christian Kafarski, 40, of Trabuco Canyon, Calif. Kafarski is the former senior vice president of business development at Kensington.
  • Carlton Ladell Williams, 51, of Coto de Caza, Calif. Williams is a former senior vice president at Kensington.

“Most of the funds raised were kept by Porche and Crowder to fund their lavish lifestyles and only $315,000 of the $11 million raised went to AEEI,” the SEC alleged.

AEEI was a penny stock. The 1998 case in which Crowder and Englehardt were charged involved a company that went by the acronym “EEI,” which stood for “Environmental Energy Inc.,” according to the SEC.

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