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07/31/2014

Architect of Variable Annuities Scheme Agrees to Pay $850,000, Admit Wrongdoing, and Be Barred From Securities Industry

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that the architect of a variable annuities scheme designed to profit from the imminent deaths of the terminally ill has agreed to settle charges brought against him earlier this year by paying more than $850,000, admitting wrongdoing, and being barred from the securities industry.Read more

07/31/2014

SEC Announces Award for Whistleblower Who Reported Fraud to SEC After Company Failed to Address Issue Internally

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of more than $400,000 for a whistleblower who reported a fraud to the SEC after the company failed to address the issue internally.Read more

07/31/2014

SEC Charges Virginia-Based Broker With Stealing Funds From Elderly Customers

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a broker based in Roanoke, Va., with defrauding elderly customers, including some who are legally blind, by stealing their funds for her personal use and falsifying their account statements to cover up her fraud.Read more

07/25/2014

SEC Charges Former Brokers with Trading Ahead of IBM-SPSS Acquisition

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced it has charged two additional brokers with trading on inside information ahead of the $1.2 billion acquisition of SPSS Inc. in 2009 by IBM Corporation. Read more

07/25/2014

Investor Alert: Social Media and Investing -- Stock Rumors

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (“OIEA”) is issuing this Investor Alert to warn investors about fraudsters who may attempt to manipulate share prices by using social media to spread false or misleading information about stocks.Read more