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  • The New York- based firm, which ceased acting as a broker-dealer in April 2013, has agreed to pay $14 million to settle the charges, the SEC said in a statement. The SEC said on Thursday brokers at the firm defrauded customers by promising very low commission fees, but charging fees that in some cases were more than 1,000 percent greater than represented, the SEC said.

  • Aug 14- A hostile takeover bid by billionaire investor William Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc to acquire Allergan Inc is being investigated by federal regulators for possible violations of securities laws, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • The Dow Jones is reporting the SEC is in early stages of investigating Valeant and Pershing Square's pursuit of Allergan. CNBC's Scott Wapner has the details.

  • DJ: SEC looking into pursuit of Allergan     Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    The Dow Jones is reporting the SEC is investigating Valeant and Pershing Square's pursuit of Allergan. CNBC's Scott Wapner has the details.

  • The trustee Irving Picard contended last month that Andrew and Mark Madoff obstructed a 2005 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe by deleting emails that linked them to fraud at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, and took out sham loans to buy pricey Manhattan apartments.

  • Kansas, which was under investigation for four years, has already implemented reforms in how it discloses its pension liabilities and has agreed to settle the charges for its prior incomplete disclosures, without admitting or denying the charges, the SEC said.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 11- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday it has charged Kansas with fraud for not properly disclosing funding problems with its public pension plan, in the third time the federal regulator has taken action against a state.

  • Aug 8- The chief executive of a New York brokerage was criminally charged on Friday with lying to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and faking documents to disguise how his firm did not have enough capital. Charles Moore, 62, was arrested Friday morning at the offices of his firm, Crucible Capital Group Inc, in downtown Manhattan, U.S.

  • The SEC in 2010 approved the rule, which prohibits investment advisers from making campaign contributions in the hope of being awarded lucrative contracts to manage public pension funds, a practice known as "pay to play". The SEC declined to comment on the lawsuit.

  • Aug 7- A Securities and Exchange Commission judge has ordered a San Diego- based investment firm to pay a $15 million penalty and barred its two advisers from the securities industry for a scheme that defrauded clients out of $10.9 million.

  • Wylys' lawyer calls U.S. SEC $750 mln claim 'overblown' Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 5:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 6- A lawyer for Texas businessman Sam Wyly and his late brother Charles on Wednesday urged a U.S. judge to reject the Securities and Exchange Commission's request for as much as $750 million in damages for their role in a fraudulent offshore scheme.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Mikhail Galas, Alexander Hawatmeh, Christopher Mrowca and Tovy Pustovit made more than $2.5 million by buying six thinly traded stocks and then artificially driving up their prices through a so-called "pump-and-dump" scheme.

  • Judge left with 'sour grapes' in Citi-SEC deal Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | 11:51 AM ET
    Reflections in the window of a Citibank branch office on July 14, 2014 in San Francisco.

    A U.S. judge on Tuesday reluctantly approved a $285 fraud settlement between Citigroup and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 5- A U.S. judge on Tuesday reluctantly approved a $285 fraud settlement between Citigroup Inc and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, two months after an appeals court voided his decision to reject it as inadequate. But he said he feared the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision would rob such settlements of any "meaningful oversight."

  • NEW YORK, Aug 5- A U.S. judge on Tuesday reluctantly approved a $285 fraud settlement between Citigroup Inc and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, two months after an appeals court voided his decision to reject it as inadequate.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 4- Texas tycoon Sam Wyly and his late brother Charles' estate should pay about $750 million in damages for their role in a fraudulent offshore tax scheme, a lawyer for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a judge in New York on Monday.

  • The SEC's Office of Inspector General started the investigation after Reuters published information about the regulator's decision, taken in a closed-door meeting on Sept. 12, 2013, to settle its probe into JPMorgan Chase& Co's massive London Whale trading loss. The SEC made its decision public on Sept. 19, 2013.

  • The broker, Michael Horowitz of Los Angeles, also admitted to wrongdoing as part of the settlement, the SEC said. Horowitz, the SEC said, recruited people to help him steal personal health information from hospice and nursing home patients so he could designate them as annuitants and sell the products to wealthy investors.

  • SEC probes its own leak but can't find culprit Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 2:46 PM ET
    Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White listens during a meeting at the Treasury Department in Washington.

    The SEC conducted a dragnet to determine who inside the agency allegedly leaked information about the JP Morgan "London Whale" settlement.

  • Massive SEC leak probe     Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:54 PM ET

    CNBC has obtained the internal SEC Inspectors General Report, which includes details of an SEC investigation into who allegedly leaked details of the SEC deliberations about the London Whale issue with JPMorgan, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.