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Selected Press Releases

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

SEC Proposes Money Market Fund Reforms

06/05/2013

Washington, D.C., June 5, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted unanimously to propose rules that would reform the way that money market funds operate in order to make them less susceptible to runs that could harm investors.Read more

SEC Charges Fortune 200 Company for Accounting Deficiencies

06/03/2013

Washington, D.C., June 3, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a Bellevue, Wash.-based commercial truck manufacturer and a subsidiary for various accounting deficiencies that clouded their financial reporting to investors in the midst of the financial crisis.Read more

Florida-Based Stock Promoter Charged with Lying to SEC Investigators

05/30/2013

Washington, D.C., May 30, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that the subject of an enforcement inquiry in Florida has has been criminally charged for obstructing justice and lying to SEC investigators looking into his real estate securities offerings to investors.Read more

SEC Charges Total S.A. for Illegal Payments to Iranian Official

05/29/2013

Washington, D.C., May 29, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged France-based oil and gas company Total S.A. with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by paying $60 million in bribes to intermediaries of an Iranian government official who then exercised his influence to help the company obtain valuable contracts to develop significant oil and gas fields in Iran.Read more