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05/15/2013

SEC Charges China-Based Executives in Scheme to Overstate Revenues and Divert Money for Personal Use

Washington, D.C., May 15, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged husband-and-wife executives at a China-based company with engaging in a scheme to overstate the company’s revenues and divert proceeds from a securities offering for their personal use.Read more

05/09/2013

Pension or Settlement Income Streams

What You need to Know Before Buying or selling Them. Do you receive a monthly pension from a former employer? Are you getting regular distributions from a settlement following a personal injury lawsuit? If so, you may be targeted by salespeople offering you a lump sum today to buy the rights to some or all of the payments you would otherwise receive in the future. Retired government employees and retired members of the military are among those being approached with such offers. Typically the lump sum offered will be less—sometimes much less—than the total of the periodic payments you would otherwise receive...Read more

05/09/2013

SEC, FINRA Issue Investor Alert On Pension or Settlement Income Streams

Washington, D.C., May 9, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today issued an investor alert entitled Pension or Settlement Income Streams – What You Need to Know Before Buying or Selling Them.Read more

05/06/2013

SEC Charges City of Harrisburg for Fraudulent Public Statements

Washington, D.C., May 6, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged the City of Harrisburg, Pa., with securities fraud for its misleading public statements when its financial condition was deteriorating and financial information available to municipal bond investors was either incomplete or outdated.Read more

05/06/2013

SEC Charges Traders in Massive Kickback Scheme Involving Venezuelan Official

Washington, D.C., May 6, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged four individuals with ties to a New York City brokerage firm in a scheme involving millions of dollars in illicit bribes paid to a high-ranking Venezuelan finance official to secure the bond trading business of a state-owned Venezuelan bank.Read more