In June 2023, the DOJ announced an enforcement action against Amadou Kane Diallo (pictured – a Senegalese national and California resident who was the CEO of two California-based companies: Virtual Advisors LLC and Liquide Inc).
As stated in the DOJ release:
“Diallo allegedly solicited investments in his companies from at least 11 individuals for purported business opportunities in technology, health care, real estate, home ownership, and service to the African diaspora. Diallo allegedly made various false representations, including that investor funds would be spent to further investors’ interests, or not be spent at all, and instead used as “skin in the game” to attract institutional investors. Diallo is also alleged to have lied to potential investors, claiming that he had raised hundreds of millions of dollars for another investment firm and its real estate investment fund when, in fact, he had never raised any such funds.