Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SEC News - Impeding Whistleblowers, Accounting Failures, Misuse of EB-5 Investments

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Financial Company Charged With Improper Accounting and Impeding Whistleblowers
Seattle-based financial services company HomeStreet Inc. has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty to settle charges that it conducted improper hedge accounting and later took steps to impede potential whistleblowers.

Company Settles Charges Over Undisclosed Perks and Improper Use of Non-GAAP Measures
New York-based marketing company MDC Partners has agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty to settle charges that it failed to disclose certain perks enjoyed by its then-CEO and separately violated non-GAAP financial measure disclosure rules.

General Motors Charged With Accounting Control Failures
General Motors has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to settle charges that deficient internal accounting controls prevented the company from properly assessing the potential impact on its financial statements of a defective ignition switch found in some vehicles.

Medical Device Company Charged With Accounting Failures and FCPA Violations
Texas-based medical device company Orthofix International has agreed to admit wrongdoing and pay more than $14 million to settle charges that it improperly booked revenue in certain instances and made improper payments to doctors at government-owned hospitals in Brazil in order to increase sales.

SEC Charges Businessman With Misusing EB-5 Investments
An Oakland, Calif.-based businessman has been charged for misusing money he raised from investors through the EB-5 immigrant investor program intended to create or preserve jobs for U.S. workers.

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