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Selected Press Releases

SEC Charges Investment Adviser With Improperly Using Mutual Fund Assets to Pay Distribution Fees - First Case Brought Under Distribution-in-Guise Initiative

09/21/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a New York-based investment adviser and its affiliated distributor with improperly using mutual fund assets to pay for the marketing and distribution of fund shares. First Eagle Investment Management and FEF Distributors agreed to pay nearly $40 million to settle the SEC’s charges, the first brought under a recent SEC initiative to protect mutual fund shareholders. The money will be returned to the accounts of affected shareholders. Read more

Attorney and Auditors Settle Charges in Microcap Scheme Involving Purported Mining Companies

09/18/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that an attorney, two audit firms, and seven audit professionals have agreed to settle SEC charges filed in January alleging that they engaged in a microcap scheme that the agency stopped in its tracks when it suspended the registration statements used for sham offerings of stock in 20 purported mining companies. Read more

SEC Obtains $30 Million From Traders Who Profited on Hacked News Releases - Litigation Continues Against 32 Other Defendants in Alleged $100 Million Scheme.

09/14/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Ukrainian-based Jaspen Capital Partners Limited and CEO Andriy Supranonok have agreed to pay $30 million to settle allegations they profited from trading on non-public corporate information hacked from newswire services. Read more

SEC Charges Medical Diagnostics Company Chairman and Two Others Behind Scheme to Manipulate Company Stock

09/14/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged the executive chairman of a Massachusetts-based medical diagnostics company and two others with conducting a pump-and-dump scheme that was ultimately thwarted when the SEC suspended trading in the company’s securities before the secretly controlled shares could be dumped on unsuspecting investors. Read more

SEC Charges Five Arizona Residents With Stealing Millions From Investors to Fund Travel and Entertainment Sprees

09/11/2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged five Arizona residents with stealing millions of dollars from investors to make car payments, buy clothes, and fund travel and entertainment at luxury resorts, casinos, and strip clubs.Read more