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Selected Press Releases

SEC Charges optionsXpress and Five Individuals Involved in Abusive Naked Short Selling Scheme

04/16/2012

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged an online brokerage and clearing agency specializing in options and futures as well as four officials at the firm and a customer involved in an abusive naked short selling scheme.Read more

SEC Shuts Down Ponzi Scheme Targeting Persian-Jewish Community in Los Angeles

04/13/2012

The Securities and Exchange Commission today obtained an emergency court order to halt an ongoing Ponzi scheme that targeted members of the Persian-Jewish community in Los Angeles.Read more

SEC Charges Ponzi Schemer Targeting Church Congregations

04/12/2012

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a self-described “Social Capitalist” with running a Ponzi scheme that targeted socially-conscious investors in church congregations.Read more

SEC Charges China-Based Company and Others with Stock Manipulation

04/11/2012

Washington, D.C., April 11, 2012 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged AutoChina International Limited and 11 investors, including a senior executive and director at the China-based firm, with conducting a market manipulation scheme to create the false appearance of a liquid and active market for AutoChina’s stock.Read more

SEC Charges South Florida Man in Investment Fraud Scheme

04/06/2012

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged that a South Florida investment manager defrauded investors by making false claims about his investment track record and providing bogus account statements that reflected fictitious profits.Read more