Securities & Exchange Commission Fraud

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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and encourage capital formation. The Commission is headed by five presidentially-appointed Commissioners who oversee the Commission’s five divisions: Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Enforcement, Division of Investment Management, and the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Information.  less -
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Investment Firm Fined $15 Million for Cherry Picking and Soft Dollar Schemes

An investment firm's plan to defraud clients out of $10.9 million landed it a $15 million penalty from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On top of the penalty, the firm must disgorge — or give up the profits...more

SEC Increases Focus on Accounting and Financial Fraud at Public Companies

“I would describe the time period we are living through as an era of creative and aggressive enforcement by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),” said Latham & Watkins partner John Sikora. “The SEC has set a...more

Commissioner’s Dissent May Signal Harsher Sanctions Against Accountants

Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar provided the most recent illustration of the SEC’s renewed emphasis on enforcement actions involving accounting and financial statement fraud when, on August 28, 2014, he issued a rare written...more

Former Analyst Claims Moody’s Falsely Inflated Ratings

Former Moody’s analyst, Ilya Kolchinsky, has accused the credit rating powerhouse of overstating its ratings for countless toxic mortgage-backed securities that caused the financial meltdown in 2008, misleading investors and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed on summary judgment in an action against a broker which alleged he misappropriated client funds. The agency also filed actions centered on: an audit failure; the EB-5 immigration program; undisclosed...more

How due diligence plays a role in anti-corruption compliance

With the increasing frequency and expanding scope of enforcement globally, organizations need to devote plenty of attention to anti-corruption due-diligence of third-parties that they engage. The value of due diligence is...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

SEC Proposes Extension of Principal Trade Rule for Registered Advisers/Broker-Dealers - The SEC has proposed extending to December 31, 2016, the sunset date for the expiration of Rule 206(3)-3T (the “Rule”) under the...more

CEO, CFO Charged in SEC Financial Fraud Action

Since the formation of the financial task force, and its related data group, there has been speculation regarding the focus of the new program and the impact of big data techniques. One indication of how the program could...more

SEC Charges Colorado Woman and Her Two Companies with Offering Fraud

On August 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Heidi Ann Gamer and two companies under her control, Gamer Economic Systems, LLC and Gamer Media Partners Corp. The SEC alleged that between...more

SEC – USAO Charge IR Executive With Insider Trading

The SEC may be developing theme based insider trading cases. In recent weeks the agency brought two insider trading actions centered on golfing friends. SEC v. O’Neill, Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-13381 (D. Mass. Filed August...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 33

In this issue: - ISS Launches New Equity Plan Data Verification Portal - ISDA Publishes Protocol for 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions - FinCEN Issues Advisories for US Financial Institutions -...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud Action

Financial fraud is an enforcement priority of the SEC. A financial fraud task force was formed in July 2013. Its purpose is to focus on this traditional staple of enforcement. A data analysis group was formed at the same time...more

SEC Brings An Offering Fraud Action Against A Claimed App Maker

The SEC brought an action against a reputed “app” manufacturer who sold shares in two different entities beginning first in Colorado and later from Georgia. From each location, and for each entity, the sales pitch was...more

SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements

On August 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Alert to assist investors in identifying potentially fraudulent private placements. In the Alert, the Office...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 15, 2014)

The Commission prevailed in two litigated actions. In one the agency secured a favorable jury verdict in an action centered on misrepresentations made by an investment adviser who sought to move his book of business to a new...more

SEC Files Another Action Centered On IA Nikolai Battoo

Alternative investment manager Nikolai Battoo appeared to be the all-American success story. He began as a Florida cook and rose to manage over a billion dollars in assets. He attracted investments from investors across the...more

Can You Hear the Whistle Blowing?: SEC Punishes Company that Did Not Address Fraud Allegations by Whistleblower

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced the latest whistleblower bounty awarded under the Dodd-Frank Act, which authorizes rewards for original information about violations of securities laws....more

Can You Hear the Whistle Blowing?: SEC Punishes Company that Did Not Address Fraud Allegations by Whistleblower

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced the latest whistleblower bounty awarded under the Dodd-Frank Act, which authorizes rewards for original information about violations of securities laws. ...more

SEC Brings Fraud Charges Against Oil and Gas Company and Its CEO

On August 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission instituted cease-and-desist proceedings against Houston American Energy Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company, and John F. Terwilliger, its CEO, for...more

SEC Charges CEO and Former CFO With Violation of Sarbanes-Oxley

On July 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged computer equipment company QSGI Inc’s CEO, Marc Sherman, and former CFO, Edward L. Cummings, for misrepresenting to external auditors and the investing public the...more

SEC Prevails in Pump and Dump Trial

Following a four day jury trial the SEC prevailed, securing a favorable verdict on its claims against defendant Edward Hayter. See SEC Press Release (Aug. 8, 2014). The action centered on a microcap fraud, a key enforcement...more

Last Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 8, 2014)

Last week the SEC brought an action this centered on hidden fees and a series of actions centered on microcap fraud and investment fund fraud. A pump and dump actions was filed centered on the manipulation of six different...more

SEC Can’t Pass On Pot Stock Puffery

Corporations facing federal securities suits can sometimes avoid liability by claiming that their forward-looking statements were so vague or indefinite that they could not have affected the company’s stock price and are...more

SEC Commissioner Objects to Retroactive Application of Dodd-Frank Bars

Commissioner Gallagher recently filed this opinion dissenting in part with respect to In the Matter of John W. Lawton. The matter arose out of the alleged misconduct of respondent John W. Lawton, who purportedly committed...more

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