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Atlanta Securities Lawyer Gregory Bartko Sentenced to 23 Years for Securities Fraud

Posted in Securities Fraud, Sentencing

Image source: www.gurneylawfirm.com/attorney-profile Gregory Bartko, a securities lawyer and Atlanta resident, was sentenced last Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to 23 years’ imprisonment for securities fraud, as reported in the Columbus, Indiana, Republic. Bartko was convicted in 2010 at the conclusion of a 13-day trial on six counts… Continue Reading

Securities Fraud Charges Filed Against Children’s Clothing Company Executive

Posted in Securities Fraud

Securities fraud, false financial statement and false entries charges were filed in Atlanta on Tuesday against Joseph Pacifico and Joseph M. Elles regarding their roles in accounting irregularities at the children’s clothing company, Carter’s Inc., which is based in Atlanta. Pacifico, the number two executive at Carter’s Inc., is accused of hiding a multi-million dollar… Continue Reading

Atlanta Man Indicted in New York for Securities Fraud, Insider Trading

Posted in Fraud, indictment, Securities Fraud

Image source: www.google.com/imgres Scott Allen, of Atlanta, was charged last week with securities fraud and insider trading in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, according to the Wall Street Journal. The government alleges that Mr. Allen and John Bennett of Norwalk, Connecticut, conspired to make more than $2.6 million in profits on insider trades… Continue Reading

Conversion Solutions Holdings CEO of Adairsville, GA, Arrested in Provo, UT, After Fleeing Trial

Posted in Fraud, Securities Fraud, Sentencing

After a five-day nation-wide manhunt, Rufus Paul Harris, former CEO of Conversion Solutions Holdings Corporation (CSHC), originally of Adairsville, Georgia, was arrested on Sunday  by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Provo, Utah. According to the Rome News-Tribune, Harris fled Atlanta on May 23 following the eighth day of his jury trial for conspiracy, fraud and… Continue Reading

Michael Lauer, Former Head of Lancer Management Group, Acquitted on All Counts in One of the Alleged Largest Hedge Fund Frauds in U.S. History

Posted in Securities Fraud

Michael Lauer, former chief of Lancer Management Group, a multimillion dollar hedge fund, was acquitted by a jury last week in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida on securities fraud and other charges that he allegedly defrauded investors of $200 million, according to the Miami Herald. The acquittals came following a six… Continue Reading

Virginia “Free-Riding” Stock Schemer Sentenced for Multi-Million Dollar Fraud

Posted in Securities Fraud

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio announced last week the sentencing of Vriginia resident Sean M. Daly to 41 months imprisonment after Daly pled guilty to one count of securities fraud. The government alleged that, from 2001 through 2007, Daly engaged in a "free-riding" scheme to purchase stocks. "Free-riding" occurs where… Continue Reading

Former Brocade CEO Greg Reyes Sentenced to 18 Months; Counsel Blames Lawyers for Failure to Catch Stock Option Backdating

Posted in Securities Fraud, Sentencing

From Law.com, the former Chief Executive Officer of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Gregory Reyes was sentenced to 18 months in prison yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for securities fraud and backdating stock options. The government had sought a 37 month sentence and a loss amount of $137 million. Reyes’ counsel attempted… Continue Reading

The Government Goes After Wall Street Over the Financial Crisis, Morgan Stanley Now Under Investigation for “Dead President” Deals

Posted in Securities Fraud

 As reported in the Wall Street Journal and virtually everywhere else, Morgan Stanley has joined Goldman Sachs as the latest target of the federal government’s criminal investigation of financial firms relating to the financial crisis which began in 2007, under the government’s theory of criminality of failing to disclose to investors that the firms were "betting" on… Continue Reading

Comverse Technologies Enters Into $255 Million Settlement Over Backdating of Stock Option Awards; Convicted Former General Counsel Fights On

Posted in Fraud, Securities Fraud

As reported by Law.com, New York-based Comverse Technology, Inc., the worlds largest manufacturer of voice mail software, has entered into a $225 million settlement in a class action brought against it stemming from a backdating scandal. William Sorin, Comverse’s former general counsel, and Comverse’s former CEO, Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, were charged by the SEC and… Continue Reading

Florida Executive Sentenced in $10.5 Million Embezzlement Scheme

Posted in Corporate Crimes, False Claims, Fraud, Money Laundering, Securities Fraud

Although it may be considered small change when compared with the fraud of fellow Floridian Scott Rothstein, according to an FBI press release, Gary Ernest Williams, former Chief Financial Officer for Marian Gardens Tree Farm (MGTF) in Groveland, Florida, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on Monday in the U.S. District Corut for the Middle District of… Continue Reading

Fort Lauderdale Attorney Scott Rothstein Pleads Not Guilty to Information Alleging $1.2 Billion Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Posted in False Claims, Forfeiture, Fraud, High Profile Cases, Money Laundering, Securities Fraud

  In response to allegations uncomfortably similar to those against former New York celebrity lawyer and arch Ponzi-schemer Marc Dreier, Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein, head of Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler, P.A., appeared in response to a criminal information in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday. The information charges… Continue Reading

Government Drops All Charges Against Former Reagan Budget Director David Stockman

Posted in Securities Fraud

  While prosecutorial authorities often take an “indict first, examine all the evidence later” approach, it is refreshing—and rare—when prosecutors can admit when thorough evaluation of the evidence, or additional evidence, does not bear out their initial allegations of criminal activity, instead of choosing to press forward to obtain a criminal conviction at all costs,… Continue Reading

Dallas Mavericks Owner in Hot Seat Over Insider Trading

Posted in Fraud, Securities Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued billionaire and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban for alleged insider trading, as reported by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The SEC alleges that Cuban sold 600,000 shares of Mamma.com, Inc., a Canadian Internet search engine, in June 2004, based upon information about a pending stock offering which… Continue Reading