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SEC Charges Ox Trading, optionsXpress, and Former CFO With Registration Violations


The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a Chicago-based securities dealer affiliated with online brokerage firm optionsXpress with violating the registration provisions of the securities laws when it continued trading operations after delisting from the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and deregistering with the SEC, apparently to avoid an audit.Read more

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


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


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


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


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