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Selected Press Releases

SEC Charges Whittier Trust and Fund Manager in Insider Trading Investigation Into Expert Networks

06/07/2013

Washington, D.C., June 7, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a South Pasadena, Calif.-based wealth management company and a former fund manager with insider trading on non-public information about technology companies. The charges are the agency’s latest in its ongoing investigation into expert networks and hedge fund trading.Read more

SEC Freezes Assets of Thailand-Based Trader for Insider Trading Ahead of Smithfield Foods Acquisition Announcement

06/06/2013

Washington, D.C., June 6, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an emergency court order to freeze the assets of a trader in Bangkok, Thailand, who made more than $3 million in profits by trading in advance of last week's announcement that Smithfield Foods agreed to a multi-billion dollar acquisition by China-based Shuanghui International Holdings.Read more

SEC Warns Investors About Binary Options and Charges Cyprus-Based Company with Selling Them Illegally in U.S.

06/06/2013

Washington, D.C., June 6, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today warned investors about the potential risks of investing in binary options and has charged a Cyprus-based company with selling them illegally to U.S. investors.Read more

SEC Suspends Trading of 61 Companies Ripe for Fraud in Over-The-Counter Market

06/05/2013

Washington, D.C., June 3, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the second-largest trading suspension in agency history as it continues its "Operation Shell Expel" crackdown against the manipulation of microcap shell companies that are ripe for fraud as they lay dormant in the over-the-counter market.Read more

SEC Charges Penny Stock Company and CEO for Illegal Stock Offering and Insider Trading

06/05/2013

Washington, D.C., June 5, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a microcap company that was ensnared in an SEC trading suspension proactively targeting questionable penny stocks, and also charged the CEO who illicitly profited from selling his shares while investors were unaware of the company’s financial struggles.Read more