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Selected Press Releases

SEC Charges Diamond Foods and Two Former Executives in Accounting Scheme to Boost Earnings Growth

01/09/2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged San Francisco-based snack foods company Diamond Foods and two former executives for their roles in an accounting scheme to falsify walnut costs in order to boost earnings and meet estimates by stock analysts. Read more

SEC Charges New York-Based Brokerage Firm for Ignoring Red Flags in Soft Dollar Scheme

12/26/2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced sanctions against a New York-based brokerage firm for ignoring red flags and paying more than $400,000 in soft dollars for expenses that an investment adviser had not properly disclosed to clients. Read more

SEC Charges Woman and Stepson for Involvement in ZeekRewards Ponzi and Pyramid Scheme

12/20/2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against a woman and her stepson for their involvement in a North Carolina-based Ponzi and pyramid scheme that the agency shut down last year.Read more

SEC Halts Texas-Based Oil and Gas Investment Scheme

12/06/2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges and an emergency asset freeze against the perpetrators of a Texas-based Ponzi scheme involving purported investments in oil and gas projects.Read more

SEC Charges Fifth Third Bancorp and Former CFO for Improper Accounting of Substantial Loan Losses During Financial Crisis

12/04/2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged the holding company of Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank and its former chief financial officer with improper accounting of commercial real estate loans in the midst of the financial crisis.Read more