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SEC to change policy of admission of guilt

The Securities and Exchange Commission, in a fundamental policy shift, said Friday that it would no longer allow defendants to say they neither admit nor deny civil fraud or insider trading charges when, at the same time, they admit to or have been convicted of criminal violations. The change is the first time that the […]

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SEC v. Life Partners Holdings, et al.

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Texas-based financial services firm Life Partners Holdings, Inc. and three of its senior executives for their involvement in a fraudulent disclosure and accounting scheme involving life settlements. Life Partners is a Nasdaq-traded company that generates virtually all of its revenues from brokering life settlements. Life settlements involve the […]

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Convicted Ponzi scheme architect may implicate others

 Over two grueling weeks, convicted Florida Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein laid out in incriminating detail how far the tentacles stretched in his $1.2 billion fraud, pointing the finger at numerous lawyers, bankers, business people, relatives, friends and unnamed law enforcement officials and politicians. The testimony, made public in hundreds of pages of transcripts, could form […]

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SEC Sues Georgia Attorney

 The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued a Georgia attorney and his client for securities fraud for failing to disclose the client’s criminal indictment in offering documents related to the 2006 sale of $2.96 million of industrial redevelopment revenue bonds by Raleigh County, W. Va. The SEC’s complaints, filed in federal courts in Georgia and […]

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SEC Charges Broker for Assisting Investment Adviser

On December 15, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil injunctive action against Stephen M. Folan, a former registered representative in the Chicago office of FTN Financial Securities Corp. (“FTN”), for assisting Sentinel Management Group, Inc. (“Sentinel”), a bankrupt former investment adviser, in its fraud against its advisory clients. The SEC’s complaint alleges […]

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