Friday, December 30, 2011

SEC Charges GE Funding Capital Market Services with Fraud Involving Municipal Bond Proceeds

The SEC charged GE Funding Capital Market Services with securities fraud for participating in a wide-ranging scheme involving the reinvestment of proceeds from the sale of municipal securities. They agreed to settle the charges by paying approximately $25 million, which will be returned to affected municipalities or conduit borrowers. The firm also entered into agreements with the Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and a coalition of 25 state attorneys general and will pay an additional $45.35 million. In addition to fraudulently manipulating bids, GE Funding CMS made improper, undisclosed payments to certain bidding agents in the form of swap fees that were inflated or unearned. These payments were in exchange for the assistance of bidding agents in controlling and manipulating the competitive bidding process.
The settlements arise from extensive law enforcement investigations into widespread corruption in the municipal reinvestment industry. In the past year, federal and state authorities have reached settlements with four other financial firms, and 18 individuals have been indicted or pled guilty, including three former GE Funding CMS traders.
For a list of other financial institutions charged prior to the settlement with GE Funding CMS follow the link below.
SEC Charges GE Funding Capital Market Services with Fraud Involving Municipal Bond Proceeds
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