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HOUSTON (CN) - Three men who pumped and dumped the stock of their so-called oil services company, Grifco International, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud.

Alex Ellerman, 36, of Chicago, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the federal felony before Senior U.S. District Judge David Hittner.

Evan "Nick" Jarvis, 37, and Jim Dial, 54, both of Houston, pleaded guilty to the same offense on Friday, March 4.

Prosecutors say they all admitted to conspiring to enrich themselves by artificially inflating the price of their publicly traded company from 2004 through 2007.

Grifco describes itself on its website as "a leading provider of oil and gas services equipment, specializing in the conception, design, and development of tools for the coil tubing, wire line, and snubbing industry throughout the US, China, Mexico and South America."

All three men admitted knowing that Grifco issued a press release containing false information about Grifco's revenue and net income and that they willfully and knowingly profited from the false press release by selling Grifco stock.

In his plea agreement, Jarvis agreed to pay the United States the $2 million he swiped from shareholders.

All three men face a maximum of 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and restitution. Judge Hittner set Ellerman's sentencing for June 8; Jarvis and Dial will be sentenced on June 6.
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HOUSTON - Three men who controlled Grifco International Inc. have been convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud arising from an investment fraud scheme, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

Alex Ellerman, 36, of Chicago, Ill., pleaded guilty today to the federal felony offense before Senior U.S. District Judge David Hittner. Two Houston men, Evan 'Nick' Jarvis, 37, and Jim Dial, 54, pleaded guilty to the same offense on Friday, March 4, 2011. Each defendant, in turn, has admitted they conspired together to enrich themselves by artificially inflating the stock price of a publicly traded company they controlled called Grifco International Inc. from 2004 through 2007. Each defendant admitted knowing that Grifco issued a press release containing false information about Grifco’s revenue and net income and that they willfully and knowingly profited from the false press release by selling Grifco stock.

As part of his agreement with the United States, Jarvis also agreed to a personal money judgment against him and in favor of the United States of America in the amount of $2 million, which represents funds stolen from defrauded Grifco shareholders.

Each of the three men now face a maximum of five years in federal prison without parole to be followed by a maximum three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000, and an order to pay full restitution to victims at their sentencing hearing. Judge Hittner has set Ellerman’s sentencing for June 8, 2011, while Jarvis and Dial are scheduled to be sentenced on June 6, 2011.

Ellerman has been in federal custody without bond since his arrest on April 20, 2010, after flying to Houston from Panama, and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Jarvis and Dial have been permitted to remain on bond pending their sentencing hearings.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by agents of the FBI with the assistance of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which conducted a separate, parallel investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John R. Lewis is prosecuting the case.

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HOUSTON – A Magnolia, Texas, businessman and a Chicago man have been sentenced for conspiring to commit wire fraud, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.  Evan “Nick” Jarvis, 39, of Magnolia, Texas, and Alex Ellerman, 36, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to the offense on March 4, 2011, and March 8, 2011, respectively.

At their plea hearings, Jarvis and Ellerman admitted they conspired with James Roland Dial, 56, of Houston, to enrich themselves between 2004 and 2007 by artificially inflating the stock price of a publicly-traded company called Grifco International Inc. Grifco manufactured oil field drilling equipment and Dial was Grifco’s CEO. Jarvis and Ellerman admitted knowing that Grifco issued a press release to the public on March 3, 2005, containing false information about Grifco’s revenue and net income and that he willfully and knowingly profited from the false press release by selling Grifco stock to the public at an inflated price. The stock ultimately became worthless.

Approximately 300 investors who had purchased Grifco stock submitted impact statements to the court for consideration at today’s sentencing, several of whom noted they had lost their life savings because of the fraud. Senior U.S. District Judge David Hittner, who accepted the guilty pleas in the case and presided over the hearing today, handed Jarvis a five-year prison sentence to be followed by three years of supervised release. In light of his cooperation in the case, Ellerman received a reduced sentence of 40 months. Dial was sentenced last month to five years in prison.

Judge Hittner also ordered Jarvis and Ellerman to pay restitution to their victims. A hearing to determine the amount of such restitution will be held no later than Aug. 2, 2012. Jarvis, who admitted obtaining at least $2 million from the conspiracy, has agreed to sell real property located at 28322 Meadow Falls, Magnolia, Texas, currently valued at $1.8 million and also to sell certain luxury vehicles including a Chevrolet Corvette and a Porsche automobile and to apply the proceeds against his restitution obligation.

Jarvis had been permitted to remain on bond pending his sentencing hearing, but was taken into custody on May 3, 2012, for violating conditions of his bond where he will now remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. Ellerman has been in custody since April 20, 2010, when he was arrested at George Bush Intercontinental Airport upon returning to the United States after a lengthy stay in Panama.

The two-year investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the FBI with the assistance of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission has conducted a parallel investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John R. Lewis is prosecuting the case.
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