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SEC sues ‘Frack Master’ CEO for using “whore card” to spend investor cash on sex workers and strippers

Chris Faulkner. What an asshole.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is suing Breitling Energy Corporation of Dallas, Texas, and its CEO, "Frack Master" Chris Faulkner, for fraudulently spending $80 million dollars of investors' money on fancy dining, luxury cars, strippers, sex workers, and all the other fixins of a jet-setting sociopath's lifestyle.

Faulkner’s “debauched” crimes include using Breitling Energy funds to pay off an American Express card the CEO lovingly described as his “whore card,” the federal agency wrote in a complaint filed Friday.

Chris Faulkner on CNN.

"Since at least 2011, Chris Faulkner has orchestrated a massive, multipronged, and fraudulent scheme that has defrauded hundreds of investors across the country out of approximately $80 million invested in oil-and-gas investments sold by companies he owns and controls," the SEC charged.

"Faulkner has misappropriated at least $30 million in investor funds to maintain a lifestyle of decadence and debauchery."

Chris Faulkner on the BBC.

Breitling Oil and Gas and co-owners Parker Hallam and Michael Miller are among those also charged by the SEC with having assisted Faulkner in fraud. The federal agency has halted Breitling Energy securities trading for 10 business days.

Larry Friedman, an attorney in Dallas who represents Breitling and Faulkner, says his clients "emphatically" deny all charges.

"This reads more like a Grisham novel and less like an SEC complaint," Friedman told a reporter. "It reads like a vendetta. Lots of personal attacks that are uncalled for."

Chris Faulkner. CEO of Breitling Energy, hosted a daily radio show, 'Powering America.'

Faulkner paid a public relations firm to carefully manage his public image and book him for TV news guest spots. He appeared regularly on CNBC, CNN, Fox Business News, and hosted a weekly radio show in Dallas, the SEC complaint says.

From the Houston Chronicle:

The SEC alleged that Faulkner masterminded an $80 million oil and gas fraud that included Breitling, three other affiliated energy companies - Crude Energy, Patriot Energy and Breitling Oil and Gas - and eight corporate executives, including Breitling Energy general counsel Jeremy Wagers. Wagers previously practiced law at Houston-based Vinson & Elkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Houston.

Faulkner, a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business News and CNN, disseminated false and misleading offering materials, misappropriated tens of millions of dollars of investor funds and attempted to manipulate Breitling Energy's stock, the SEC charged in a 63-page complaint filed Friday in federal court in Dallas. Faulkner was dubbed "frack master" by the media because of his advocacy of the industry, according to Breitling Energy's website.

Chris Faulkner on CNBC.

In June 2014, Faulkner published a book called “The Fracking Truth,” despite having very little experience in the oil-and-gas industry.

More at Bloomberg News. Bloomberg TV had Faulkner on as a guest at least once, by the way.

Reuters: "Texas 'Frack Master' bilked investors out of millions, SEC says"

Chris Faulkner on Fox News.