February 22, 2016- Grapevine, Texas
United Development Funding IV (UDF IV) reports that they have been subpoenaed to turn over company documents to a grand jury. In an SEC filing (Form 8-K) made on February 22, 2016, the company states the following:
“Item 8.01 Other Events.
On February 18, 2016, law enforcement authorities executed a search warrant at the corporate office of United Development Funding IV (the “Trust”) in Grapevine, Texas. The search warrant was issued by a Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. In addition, law enforcement officers served executive officers of the Trust and certain other employees of the Trust’s advisor and its affiliates with grand jury subpoenas seeking the production of documents related to the operations of the Trust. The Trust does not believe that it, its officers or the employees of its advisor and its affiliates have violated any laws or regulations, and the Trust intends to cooperate fully with the government’s investigation. The Trust cannot, however, predict what additional action, if any, government authorities might take in the future.
In addition, on February 18, 2016, the Trust received notice that trading of the Trust’s securities on The NASDAQ Global Select Market (“NASDAQ”) has been halted pending a review by NASDAQ of certain information regarding the Trust and its business requested pursuant to a letter dated February 19, 2016. No assurance can be given regarding the resumption of the trading of the Trust’s securities.”
Last week the FBI raided the offices of UDF IV, which are located in Grapevine, a suburb of Dallas, causing the share price to drop by nearly 60% to just over $3, causing trading to be halted. See this for more information.
UDF reported in December 2015 that the SEC has been investigating the company since April 2014. Company officials claim the company is a victim of manipulation by stock traders who build up a short position with the intention of unlawfully manipulating its shares.
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