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Former football coach implicated in Ponzi Scheme

The SEC charged former college football Jim Donnan with fraud, alleging he teamed up with an Ohio man to conduct an $80 million Ponzi scheme that allegedly included other college coaches and former players as victims. According to the SEC, Mr. Donnan—a college football Hall of Fame inductee who guided teams at Marshall University and the […]

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Ed Wedbush CEO of Wedbush Securities suspended by FINRA

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority hearing panel has hit Wedbush Securities with a $300,000 fine, and issued its president and founder, Edward Wedbush, a 31-day suspension along with a $25,000 fine. The August 2nd decision is a culmination of a range of offenses, inquiries and disciplinary actions dating back over a decade to February of […]

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US Cities May Have Been Gamed in Libor Scandal

In the two decades before the 2008 financial collapse, the investment banking industry sidled up to state and local finance officials with an offer they couldn’t refuse. Instead of issuing plain vanilla 30-year fixed-rate bonds to build roads, schools and parking garages, why not sell variable rate bonds at lower rates and buy a swap […]

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SEC Charges Family-Run Business Promising Investors Stake in Purported $11 Billion Gold Mine

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a father, son, and daughter with running a nationwide investment scheme that falsely promised investors whopping returns from a gold mining operation while their money was actually spent on family cars, jewelry, vacations, and vitamin supplements. The SEC alleges that Harry Dean Proudfoot III of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, […]

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SEC charges real estate company and its principals

On July 6, 2012 the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a Complaint in federal district court against The Companies (TC), LLC (“The Companies”) and its principals, Kristoffer A. Krohn (“Kris Krohn”), Stephen R. Earl (“Earl”), and former officer, Michael K. Krohn (“Mike Krohn”) (collectively “Defendants”). The Companies, directly and through related companies and subsidiaries, purchases […]

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