SEC Files Enforcement Action Against Former Financial Advisor Surage Roshan Perera

Surage Roshan Perera (CRD#: 4716321) is a previously registered Broker.

Broker’s Background

He entered the securities industry in 2003 and previously worked for Aegis Capital Corp.; Maxim Group, LLC; Stockkings Capital, LLC; Caldwell International Securities; Global Arena Capital Corp.; Prestige Financial Center, Inc.; Sloan Securities Corp.; Aura Financial Services, Inc.; Andrew Garrett, Inc.; LH Ross & Company, Inc.; and Continental Broker-Dealer Corp.

Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in March 2023, the United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) initiated a civil action against Surage Roshan Perera, which remains pending. The SEC allegation states, “The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), for its Complaint against Defendants Surage Kamal Roshan Perera (“Perera”) and Janues Capital Incorporated (“Janues”) (collectively, “Defendants”), and Relief Defendant Nishani Alahakoon (“Alahakoon”), alleges that Perera, a former broker, through his firm Janues, defrauded at least one investor out of millions of dollars by lying about investment opportunities and strategies; misappropriating the investor’s money by, in part, not purchasing the securities she subscribed to through Janues and using a substantial portion of her money to engage in high volume, highly leveraged trading in other securities; lying to her about non-existent investment profits; and concealing large trading losses. Perera falsely told the investor that Janues had access to specific restricted securities at discounted prices through connections with large institutions. He also claimed to exercise a trading strategy-which he called “options straddles”-that would not only prevent any trading losses but also, for some of the supposed investments, guarantee returns on the investment of at least nine percent and up to as much as 50 percent. Perera’s false promises convinced the investor to give him approximately $4.3 million. Perera did not use the investor’s funds to purchase the securities she had subscribed to, and did not engage in the promised “options straddles” to prevent trading losses and generate the profits he had guaranteed. Instead, he transferred at least $3.5 million of the investor’s funds to a brokerage account in the name of his wife, Alahakoon, and used those funds to engage in highly speculative, leveraged trading. In total, Perera’s trading in securities transactions in his wife’s brokerage account resulted in over $3 million in trading losses. Perera concealed his misappropriation of the investor’s funds and his trading losses by providing the investor with phony trade confirmations and account statements that falsely showed the expected returns, and by using funds received from other sources to partially repay the investor victim. By virtue of the foregoing conduct and as alleged further herein, Perera and Janues have violated Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”), Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, and Sections 206(1) and 206(2) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”) and Perera aided and abetted Janues’ violations of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act, Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act, and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, and Sections 206(1) and 206(2) of the Advisers Act.”

In addition, Surage Roshan Perera has been the subject of one customer complaint, including the following:

  • February 2009 — “UNAUTHORIZED PURCHASE OF 750 SHARES OF (MT: NYSE) OCCURRED ON 08/25/2008.” The customer dispute was settled for $12,000.

For a copy of Surage Roshan Perera’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.

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