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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

SEC Charges NASDAQ for Failures During Facebook IPO

05/29/2013

Washington, D.C., May 29, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged NASDAQ with securities laws violations resulting from its poor systems and decision-making during the initial public offering (IPO) and secondary market trading of Facebook shares. NASDAQ has agreed to settle the SEC’s charges by paying a $10 million penalty – the largest ever against an exchange.Read more

SEC Charges Dallas-Based Trader With Front Running

05/24/2013

Washington, D.C., May 24, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against a trader at a Dallas-based investment advisory firm who improperly profited by placing his own trades before executing large block trades for firm clients that had strong potential to increase the stock's price.Read more