On July 17, 2015 the California Department of Business Oversight obtained a desist and refrain order against the Citivest Residential Income and Total Return Fund.
The Order found that beginning on or about May 31, 2013, Citivest Residential Income and Total Return Fund, LLC offered and sold securities in the form of membership shares without obtaining a permit or other form of qualification authorizing any person to offer the securities in California. Additionally, the Fund failed to file the Form D exemption notice, consent to service of process, and filing fee with the California Securities Commissioner pursuant to Corporations Code section 25102.1, subdivision (d). Nor did the Fund file a Form D exemption notice with the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to its various securities offerings as required by federal law (17 C.F.R. §230.503 (2014)).
Based upon its findings, the California Commissioner of Business Oversight concluded that the membership interests offered and sold by Citivest Residential Income and Total Return Fund, LLC were securities subject to the requirements of Corporations Code section 25102.1, subdivision (d), of the Corporate Securities Law of 1968 (Corporations Code section 25000 et seq.).
Furthermore, the Commissioner concluded that Citivest Residential Income and Total Return Fund did not meet the requirements of Corporations Code section 25102.1, specifically, the filing of a Form D exemption notice, consent to service of process, and filing fee with the Commissioner.
Pursuant to Corporations Code section 25532, subdivision (a)(2), Citivest Residential Income and Total Return Fund, LLC was hereby ordered to desist and refrain from the further offer of securities in Citivest Residential Income and Total Return Fund, LLC in the State of California, unless and until those requirements were met.
The Commissioner also concluded that the securities were offered and sold by means of oral or written communications which included an untrue statement of material fact or which omitted to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, in violation of Corporations Code section 25401. Specifically, the various subscription agreements of Citivest Residential Income and Total Return Fund, LLC represented that membership interests were being sold under exemption from registration as allowed by the Securities and Exchange Act of 1933, Section 4(2) and/or Regulation D (506) when, in fact, there had been a failure to satisfy this exemption due to a lack of a Form D exemption notice being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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