Father and Daughter Sentenced for Lying to SEC
Defendants Convicted of Obstructing SEC Investigation
OAKLAND, CA—For conspiring to obstruct an investigation of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nasser V. Hamedani and Sholeh A. Hamedani were sentenced yesterday to 25 months and 20 months, respectively, in prison, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. They were also ordered to perform a total of 1,750 hours of community service as part of their two-year terms of supervised release.
The defendants, father and daughter, pled guilty on November 9, 2011 to violating 18 U.S.C. § 371-conspiracy to obstruct justice. According to the plea agreement, the Hamedanis admitted to making false statements while under oath and producing fraudulent documents in order to impede and obstruct the SEC’s investigation into the registration and sales of securities issued by the company known as The Children’s Internet Inc. (TCI). TCI was an Internet start-up company based in San Ramon, California that was in the process of developing and marketing software to protect and secure children’s access to the Internet.
Nasser Hamedani, 74, and Sholeh Hamedani, 44, both residents of Antioch, California, were indicted by a federal grand jury on May 12, 2009. A superseding indictment was returned on July 21, 2009. The two defendants were charged with conspiracy, securities fraud, false statements to accountants, false books and records, and obstruction of justice.