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Selected Press Releases

Corporate Insiders Charged for Failing to Update Disclosures Involving “Going Private” Transactions

03/13/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged eight officers, directors, or major shareholders for failing to update their stock ownership disclosures to reflect material changes, including steps to take the companies private. Each of the respondents, without admitting or denying the SEC’s allegations, agreed to settle the proceedings by paying a financial penalty.Read more

SEC Charges Texas-Based Brokerage Firm With Violating Supervisory and Customer Protection Rules

03/04/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged an Irving, Texas-based brokerage firm with violating key customer protection rules after failing to adequately supervise registered representatives who misappropriated customer funds.Read more

SEC Suspends Trading in 128 Dormant Shell Companies to Put Them Out of Reach of Microcap Fraudsters

03/02/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced it has suspended trading in 128 inactive penny stock companies to ensure they don’t become a source for pump-and-dump schemes.Read more

Former Company Officer Earns Half-Million Dollar Whistleblower Award for Reporting Fraud Case to SEC

03/02/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a whistleblower award payout between $475,000 and $575,000 to a former company officer who reported original, high-quality information about a securities fraud that resulted in an SEC enforcement action with sanctions exceeding $1 million.Read more

SEC Halts Ponzi-Like Scheme by Purported Venture Capital Fund Manager in Buffalo

02/27/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a purported venture capital fund manager in Buffalo, N.Y., with fraudulently using money from three investment funds to pay fictitious returns to investors in a different fund. The SEC obtained an emergency asset freeze to halt the Ponzi-like scheme.Read more