Tag Archives: Fraud

SEC Obtains Emergency Relief against Robert Helms and Janniece Kaelin in Alleged Ponzi Scheme

SEC v. Robert A. Helms, et al., Case No. 1:13-cv-01036-LY (W.D. Tex.).  On December 6, 2013, the SEC announced it obtained an asset freeze and other emergency relief in an alleged Ponzi scheme.  According to the SEC, Robert A. Helms … Continue reading

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SEC Charges Fifth Third Bancorp and its Former CFO Daniel Poston with Fraud for Accounting Practices during the Financial Crisis

In the Matter of Fifth Third Bancorp and Daniel Poston, Admin. Proc. No. 3-15635.  On December 4, 2013, the SEC announced it filed a Settled Administrative Order Instituting Proceedings (“OIP”) against Fifth Third Bancorp and its former CFO Daniel Poston. … Continue reading

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SEC Charges Gary Snisky with Defrauding Elderly Investors

SEC v. Gary C. Snisky, Case No. 1:13-cv-03149 (D. Colo.).  On November 21, 2013, the SEC announced it charged Gary Snisky with defrauding elderly investors.  According to the SEC, Snisky targeted retired annuity holders by using insurance agents to sell … Continue reading

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SEC Charges Investment Advisers Gregory Adams and Larry Grossman with Fraud

In the Matter of Larry C. Grossman and Gregory J. Adams, Admin. Proc. No. 3-15617. On November 20, 2013, the SEC announced it issued an Order Instituting Administrative Cease-and-Desist Proceedings (“OIP”) against investment advisers Larry Grossman and Gregory Adams.  The … Continue reading

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SEC Charges Mark Megalli with Insider Trading

SEC v. Mark Megalli, (N.D. Ga.).  On November 14, 2013, the SEC announced it filed insider trading charges against Mark Megalli for trading on nonpublic information about clothing company Carter’s Inc.  According to the SEC, Megalli got inside information through a … Continue reading

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SEC Enters into Deferred Prosecution Agreement with Scott Herckis

On November 12, 2013, the SEC announced that it entered into its first deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with an individual.  DPAs are intended to encourage cooperation with the SEC as it investigates wrongdoing.  In return for such cooperation, the SEC … Continue reading

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SEC Charges Subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland with Fraud in Connection with Mortgage-Backed Security Offering

SEC v. RBS Securities, Inc., Case No. 3:13-cv-01643 (D. Conn.).  On November 7, 2013, the SEC announced it filed settled fraud charges against RBS Securities Inc., a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland plc, in connection with a subprime … Continue reading

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CFTC Obtains Restraining Order Against Commodity Pool Operator and Trading Advisor AlphaMetrix

CFTC v. AlphaMetrix, LLC, Case No. 1:13-cv-7896 (N.D. Ill.)  On November 6, 2013, the CFTC announced charges against AlphaMetrix, LLC (“AlphaMetrix”), a Commodity Pool Operator and Commodity Trading Advisor.  The CFTC alleges that AlphaMetrix misappropriated funds belonging to commodity pools … Continue reading

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SEC Charges Municipal Issuer and the Underwriter and Outside Developer in Connection with a Bond Offering that Financed the Construction of a Regional Events Center and Ice Hockey Arena

In the Matter of the Greater Wenatchee Regional Events Center Public Facilities District, et al., Admin Proc. No. 3-156602; In the Matter of  Piper Jaffray & Co. and Jane Towery, Admin Proc. No. 3-15603.  On November 5, 2013, the SEC … Continue reading

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SEC Obtains Emergency Relief Against Christopher A.T. Pedras to Stop Ponzi Scheme

SEC v. Christopher A.T. Pedras, et al., Case No. CV 13-07932 DMG JCGx (C.D. Cal.)  On November 4, 2013, the SEC announced it obtained an emergency asset freeze against Christopher A.T. Pedras who allegedly deceived investors into believing they were … Continue reading

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