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Barclays to Pay $97 Million for Overcharging Clients

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an enforcement action requiring Barclays Capital to refund advisory fees or mutual fund sales charges to clients who were overcharged. In a settlement of more than $97 million, Barclays agreed to settle three sets of violations that resulted in clients being overbilled by nearly $50 million.  The SEC’s […]

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SEC charges investment adviser with cherry-picking and allocating profitable trades for his own account

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against an investment adviser accused of “cherry-picking” profitable trades for his own account rather than a client’s accounts, and misleading seniors and other clients about the fees he charged and the risks in investments he recommended.  The SEC Enforcement Division alleges that Laurence I. Balter and […]

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SEC Obtains Asset Freeze in Case of Investor Funds Stolen for Shopping Sprees

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an asset freeze it has obtained against three men who aren’t registered to sell investments and allegedly went on lavish shopping sprees with more than $5 million raised from investors to purportedly develop a resort. In an emergency action filed in federal court in Atlanta, the SEC alleges […]

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Citigroup Affiliates to Pay $180 Million to Settle Hedge Fund Fraud Charges — The ASTA/Mat Aftermath

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that two Citigroup affiliates have agreed to pay nearly $180 million to settle charges that they defrauded investors in two hedge funds by claiming they were safe, low-risk, and suitable for traditional bond investors. The funds later crumbled and eventually collapsed during the financial crisis. Citigroup Global Markets […]

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SEC Charges Houston-Area Businessman in Ponzi Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a Houston-area businessman with operating a $114 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors, some of whom were told that their money would fund technology to prevent accidents caused by drowsy driving. The SEC’s case filed in federal court in Houston charged Frederick Alan Voight of Richmond, Texas with […]

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