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Attorney General Jennings Secures Relief for Investors in Real Estate Joint Venture

Department of Justice | Department of Justice Press Releases | News | Date Posted: Friday, November 6, 2020



Attorney General Kathleen Jennings’ Investor Protection Unit (“IPU”) announced on Friday that it has secured restitution for investors in real estate investments who were sold unregistered securities styled as joint ventures.

Pathmaker Solutions, LLC (“Pathmaker”), and its managing member Jared Guckenberger, agreed to pay restitution to several investors in a real estate flipping business. From June 2014 until December 2015, Pathmaker sold investments to several investors. These investments, though styled as interests in “joint ventures,” had the characteristics of securities that should have been, but were not, registered with the IPU. These investments were being offered for the purpose of purchasing, renovating, and reselling real estate properties. Following its investigation, the IPU filed an administrative complaint against Pathmaker and Jared Guckenberger alleging they engaged in securities fraud by failing to make key disclosures to investors regarding the handling of their money. The IPU also alleged that Pathmaker and Jared Guckenberger sold unregistered securities.

“The sale of improperly registered investments puts investors at risk,” said Attorney General Jennings. “We will continue to protect investors by indefatigably enforcing the Delaware Securities Act’s securities registration provisions.”

IPU’s administrative complaint was resolved pursuant to the terms of an administrative consent order. In the consent order, IPU concludes that Pathmaker and Mr. Guckenberger sold unregistered securities. Neither Pathmaker nor Mr. Guckenberger admitted to any wrongdoing.  Pathmaker and Mr. Guckenberger agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution to their investors and agreed to entry of a permanent bar from soliciting investors in any security- or real estate-related business.

Anyone with questions about whether an investment or investment professional has been properly registered can reach out to the IPU by phone at (302) 577-8424 or by e-mail at Investor.Protection@delaware.gov.

This matter was handled by the Assistant Director of Investor Protection Joey Tabler, Special Investigator Mark Hawk, and Forensic Accountant Clyde Hartman.

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Attorney General Jennings Secures Relief for Investors in Real Estate Joint Venture

Department of Justice | Department of Justice Press Releases | News | Date Posted: Friday, November 6, 2020



Attorney General Kathleen Jennings’ Investor Protection Unit (“IPU”) announced on Friday that it has secured restitution for investors in real estate investments who were sold unregistered securities styled as joint ventures.

Pathmaker Solutions, LLC (“Pathmaker”), and its managing member Jared Guckenberger, agreed to pay restitution to several investors in a real estate flipping business. From June 2014 until December 2015, Pathmaker sold investments to several investors. These investments, though styled as interests in “joint ventures,” had the characteristics of securities that should have been, but were not, registered with the IPU. These investments were being offered for the purpose of purchasing, renovating, and reselling real estate properties. Following its investigation, the IPU filed an administrative complaint against Pathmaker and Jared Guckenberger alleging they engaged in securities fraud by failing to make key disclosures to investors regarding the handling of their money. The IPU also alleged that Pathmaker and Jared Guckenberger sold unregistered securities.

“The sale of improperly registered investments puts investors at risk,” said Attorney General Jennings. “We will continue to protect investors by indefatigably enforcing the Delaware Securities Act’s securities registration provisions.”

IPU’s administrative complaint was resolved pursuant to the terms of an administrative consent order. In the consent order, IPU concludes that Pathmaker and Mr. Guckenberger sold unregistered securities. Neither Pathmaker nor Mr. Guckenberger admitted to any wrongdoing.  Pathmaker and Mr. Guckenberger agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution to their investors and agreed to entry of a permanent bar from soliciting investors in any security- or real estate-related business.

Anyone with questions about whether an investment or investment professional has been properly registered can reach out to the IPU by phone at (302) 577-8424 or by e-mail at Investor.Protection@delaware.gov.

This matter was handled by the Assistant Director of Investor Protection Joey Tabler, Special Investigator Mark Hawk, and Forensic Accountant Clyde Hartman.

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