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In its relentless pursuit of illegal insider trading, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against a former financial analyst at Stericycle, Inc. and his mother, who he allegedly tipped and who, in turn, traded on the material, non-public information as well. In its charging papers, the SEC contends that in April 2016, Matthew Brunstrum (the son) learned...
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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week filed charges against an investment advisory firm and its CEO for unsuitably investing $19 million of retail investor funds, including pension and retirement assets, in speculative investments and reaping large commissions from those securities transactions. In its civil enforcement action, the SEC claims that Temenos Advisory Inc. and its chief...
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In its continued crackdown on illegal insider trading, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) just days ago charged an employee of a credit ratings agency with tipping two friends about the non-public plans of the Sherwin-Williams Company to acquire Valspar Corp., which he learned of through his employment.  The SEC also brought a civil enforcement action against his two friends...
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The Securities and Exchange Commission announced its recent settlement of charges against securities broker-dealers Chardan Capital Markets LLC and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Services LLC (ICBCFS) for failure to report suspicious sales of billions of penny stock shares. Securities brokerage firms are required under law to timely file Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) for suspected fraudulent transactions. Per the SEC’s allegations, from...
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The Securities and Exchange Commission continued its efforts to crack-down on illegal insider trading this week as it announced charges against a foreign citizen who, in conjunction with his brother, is alleged to have profited by trading prior to the May 2013 public announcement of WH Group’s acquisition of Smithfield Foods. In its complaint, the SEC alleges...
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Earlier this month, a federal court in New Jersey entered a judgment against Scott Newsholme, an investment adviser and tax-preparer out of New Jersey, for defrauding his clients in excess of $1 million. The Complaint of the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Newsholme fabricated securities account statements, doctored stock certificates, and forged promissory notes — all in furtherance of his investment scheme...
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In its continuing efforts to investigate, detect and prosecute investment adviser fraud, the US Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil charges agains Investment Adviser Amrit J.S. Chahal alleging that since February 2015 he utilized his company, Kane Capital Investment Group, to fraudulently raise almost $1.5 million from approximately 50 individual investors. Chahal duped his investors by misrepresenting to be a successful securities trader capable...
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The Securities and Exchange Commission last week filed fraud charges against Andrew J. Kandalepas, CEO of Wellness Center USA, Inc., a Chicago-based company.  In its complaint, the SEC alleged that Kandalepas manipulated the company’s stock and made false statements in the company’s SEC filings and press releases. Specifically, the SEC claims that Kandalepas misappropriated $450,000 in unauthorized withdrawals from the company and then covered his misconduct by...
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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged a former Equifax Chief Information Officer of a U.S business division with engaging in illegal insider trading ahead of Equifax’s September 2017 announcements of a massive data breach. The SEC’s complaint alleged that Jun Ying, who was next in line to become Equifax’s Global CIO, used confidential,nonpublic...
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FINRA recently censured Huntleigh Securities Corporation and ordered it to pay $98,252.33, plus interest, in restitution to customers pursuant to an AWC (Acceptance, Waiver and Consent) settlement. The firm was also required to review and amend, as necessary, its written supervisory procedures (WSPs) and compliance policies. With neither admitting nor denying the findings, the firm...
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