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Yesterday, the SEC put out a press release detailing its charges against Samuel DelPresto - a penny stock promoter they\u2019re accusing of pocketing more than $13 million dollars through elaborate pump and dump schemes, saying that he: \u201ceamed up with others to secretly obtain control of substantially all available stock in four microcap companies and to facilitate coordinated trading that created the appearance of liquidity and market demand for the stocks.\u00a0 After unwitting investors were enticed through promotional campaigns to buy the stock at inflated prices, DelPresto dumped his shares on the market.\u201d Criminal charges are pending in the U.S. Attorney\u2019s Office for the District of New Jersey, and Regional Director of the SEC\u2019s New York office goes on to say: \u201cThe series of fraudulent schemes alleged in our complaint enticed unwitting investors to pay inflated prices for four companies secretly controlled by DelPresto and others and then left the investors holding the bag when the manipulative activity ceased and the stock price dropped.\u201d The story\u2019s been getting a ton of press in the financial news, but there\u2019s one big problem... It\u2019s not new news. The SEC lists four companies as having been manipulated\/pumped by DelPresto, including BioNeutral Group (BONU), NXT Nutritionals Holdings (NXTH), Mesa Energy Holdings (MSEH), and Clear-Lite Holdings (CLRH). Download this cheat sheet to learn how I busted 3 penny stock pump dumps 5 years ago. And you know what? I exposed\/busted 3 out of 4 of these pump and dumps over 5 years ago! Let\u2019s take a look, so you can learn how to spot\/expose these yourself too since they still are happening regularly...shall we? Mesa Energy Holdings (MSEH) For starters, here\u2019s an article I wrote back in March of 2010: \u201c10 Reasons Why Mesa Energy Holdings, Inc. Will Drop 50%+.\u201d If you ask me - and clearly, more people should have asked me\/read my blog - this one was pretty much a no-brainer as it followed the EXACT rules of what a penny stock pump looks like: First, my students and I came across a ton of promotional mailers for MSEH (some of which had the SEC-mandated disclaimers made invisible) - all sent out by a penny stock promoter we were already watching because of his shady activity in the past. Next, came this beauty of an advertisement, which the Northbound Marketing Group admitted to paying more than $364,000 for: (And just in case you weren\u2019t keeping track, this is the same kind of marketing fluff they used for Americas Energy Company (AENY), NXT Nutritionals Holdings Inc. (NXTH), Clear-Lite Holdings, Inc. (CLRH) and Jayhawk Energy Inc (JYHW) - each of which dropped 99% from its high, post-promotion.) If you dug a little deeper - like I did, and like I teach my students to - you would have seen the warning signs on this pump and dump a mile away: \tMSEH released press releases featuring \u201cengineering reviews\u201d claiming that \u201crevenue over the life of the project could be as much as $405 million gross before expenses, or $332 million net of expenses.\u201d Sounds great, except the \u201cindependent licensed petroleum engineer\u201d behind the predictions was Jeffrey Chadwick\u2026 who also happened to sit on MSEH\u2019s advisory board. \tOne of the company\u2019s quarterly reports from late 2009 detailed the verrrrry low prices shareholders were in at - some as much as 90%+ discounts over current prices. Jeez, you think the fact that they have millions of shares to sell at market rates might give them a reason to get promoters to send out more than $364,000 in advertisements?? \tMSEH owned up to needing cash - as much as $1+ million just to make it to the end of the quarter, and then $10+ million to complete their ambitious project. Trust me. It\u2019s no coincidence their stock rose 10X at the same time they needed to raise capital tied together with he promotional mailings. It\u2019s a classic penny stock pump and dump, it doesn't get any more clear cut. I won\u2019t bore you with the other seven or so signs that led me to call this stock out (watch this guide to penny stock promotions if you really want to know). The bottom line, though, is that - since I busted this pump and dump wide open back in 2010, my students were able to profit to the tune of $20,000+ shorting the stock before it dropped 90%+ in price within a few months.** My prediction was strong enough that it picked up national attention, which just makes you wonder why it\u2019s taken the SEC so long to catch on... Clear-Lite Holdings (CLRH) One month after my expose on MSEH, I caught wind of another major penny pump and dump happening - this time, Clear-Lite Holdings (CLRH). This one came to us courtesy of notorious promoter Courtney Smith, and it\u2019s reported that he received nearly $500,000 for the mailer that drove CLRH from $1.00 a share to $1.75 a share (before its post-mailer drop of 77% down to $0.43 a share all within a few days). Check out that fun drop when everything fell apart: Even more fun is the way one of my TIMalert subscribers picked up on this scam. Here\u2019s his message: CLRH saw the address for their \u201ccorporate headquarters\u201d on yahoo 102 North East 2nd Street Suite 400 Boca Raton 33432. I literally live down the street and the headquarters is mailbox in a UPS store\u2026. and on their florida corp filing they use PMB 400 which is correct for a ups box(private mail box) as you are legally not to use suite anymore for those types of boxes (i believe) like they do on their website Their. corporate. headquarters. was. a. UPS. box. Here\u2019s a closer look at the actual corporate headquarters of Clear-Lite Holdings: I honestly don\u2019t know which is more outrageous. This complete and utter scam, or the fact that it\u2019s taken the SEC this long to bring charges against Samuel... NXT Nutritionals Holdings (NXTH) Finally, NXTH - another penny stock pump and dump I busted wide open back in March of 2010. This one was actually a fun one for me, because my adversary in the whole thing bought me a whole bunch of press attention. Turns out, when you take on Shaquille O\u2019Neal, the media pays attention...and although it was a bit scary for me at first, I eventually prevailed since all I did was post facts! I\u2019d already called out NXTH for shady promotions when this $500,000+ mailer came out: I took some heat for that one too, with NXTH\u2019s sleazy CEO telling Dan Dorfman on the Huffington Post that the stock collapse was due to \u201cshort sellers like Tim Sykes\u201d (despite the fact that I never shorted it, I only exposed the mailer). Imagine my surprise, then, when I found NXTH being pumped YET AGAIN: Wouldn\u2019t you know, that next pump just happened to coincide with a $320,000+ mailer coming out at the same time insiders were likely dumping into the propaganda-based buying.\u2026 I actually got a cease and desist letter from Shaq\u2019s lawyers on this one, but the promotional mailers were so inaccurate, I couldn't just stand by and do nothing so I refused to take down my blog post and Shaq eventually backed out of the deal when the stock dropped too low and he sensed he might've been duped...although he still is proud to admit that he's into penny stocks even now and I wish someone those who lost on NXTH went after Shaq directly so maybe he would wise up! If you would have read the SEC filings like I did, you would have seen that, despite all their press releases, NXTH\u2019s sales actually dropped 60%+ during the first 9 months of 2009. Not to mention the fact that, one day after raising $5.6 million, NXTH\u2019s stock collapsed another 29% today to just $0.77\u00a0 per share - an astounding 76% drop from the $3.22 highs created by the first promotional mailer all within days. The signs were all there - and even better, they let my students profit if they had the best brokers for penny stock short selling. Here are two that walked away with solid, if not great, profits (even though I hadn\u2019t shorted this joke of a stock at that point yet): Got taken out of my NXTH position by my profit sl @ 2.48 for a $2000 profit. Wasn\u2019t at the computer during that time otherwise I might have stayed in longer because I could have watched the action around that level. I\u2019m not getting back in today. $2900 total on the pump so far, I shouldn\u2019t get ahead of myself. -nifri +550 on NXTH -BN And here\u2019s how my students and I accidentally made $22,000 in an hour on NXTH when we caught its collapse later on. You can probably guess by now I'm not that smart or great at math so how was I able to beat the authorities to these pump and dumps so quickly, right? These stocks are a joke...all you have to do is learn about penny stocks here, see how the game works and you can spot these pump and dumps a mile away just like me and my millionaire trading challenge students do EVERY single time! Let me repeat, do you want to know the signs that\u2019ll help you spot penny stock trading pump and dumps five years before the SEC - and how you can profit off of these moves when you see them? Join me. Students in my Millionaire Challenge, my TIMAlerts and my DVD courses all know how to leverage promotional mailers, how to read SEC filings and to separate fact from BS when it comes to pump and dumps. You can be one of them. I\u2019m willing to share all of that with you as well, but only if you\u2019ll work hard to put the knowledge it\u2019s taken me more than 15 years to acquire into practice. Traders who are as lazy\/sketchy as the stocks I mentioned above need not apply.