SEC Halts Phony Investment Fund By San Diego Fraudster

West Palm Beach ( – The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday recieved permission to freeze the assets of Mohit A. Khanna, who alledgedly raised as much as $70 million from 300 investors though his fund, MAK 1 Enterprises Group, LLC.

The SEC says he solicited investors in Southern California and several other states, as well as a charitable foundation, through word-of-mouth referrals and a website. The defendant claimed to pool investor funds to invest in commercial paper, foreign currency trading products, and other investments, which the SEC believes to be non-existent. Instead, Khanna misused investor funds to pay for several luxury cars and residential properties, including those now owned by his wife, Sharanjit Khanna of San Diego, Calif., who was also named as a relief defendant.

The complaint alleges Khanna fabricated and gave to an accountant a “screen shot” of MAK 1’s online banking activity purporting to show a balance of over $50 million in its bank account, in reality, the average daily balance in that account never exceeded $197,000.

The SEC seeks preliminary and permanent injunctions, disgorgement, prejudgment interest, and financial penalties against Khanna and MAK 1. Court will hold a hearing on August 31, 2009.

The SEC had help from the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, National Futures Association, and the Better Business Bureau – San Diego.

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