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Bankrate's ex-CFO faces securities and accounting fraud charges

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - The former chief financial officer at Bankrate Inc has been charged with criminal accounting and securities fraud in connection with allegations he misled the company's accountants and falsified its books, the U.S. Justice Department.

The indictment against Edward DiMaria, 52, which was unsealed on Wednesday, comes after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed parallel civil charges against DiMaria in 2015. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)