Pump and Dump: The Rancid Rules of the New Economy

By Robert H. Tillman; Michael L. Indergaard | Go to book overview

CHAPTER ONE
The Classic Pump and Dump

In the early morning hours of October 26, 1999, police in Colts Neck, New Jersey, received a call reporting a possible murder. The call took them to an unlikely site for a homicide investigation: a whitebrick mansion set on a ten-acre wooded lot, with an ornate Italian fountain in the middle of a circular drive. When the police arrived, they discovered a grisly scene: two men in their late thirties and early forties sprawled out on the dining room floor, the victims of an execution-style slaying with gunshot wounds in the head and chest.1 Had the two been drug dealers or Mafia lieutenants, the manner of their deaths might not have been unusual. But they were neither. Albert Alain Chalem and Maier Lehmann worked in the securities industry, operating as what the newspapers would later refer to as “stock promoters,” aggressively marketing penny stocks from an Internet site. Both men had checkered histories involving numerous run-ins with regulators and law enforcement

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