Trends In SEC Financial Fraud Actions: Part I

Law360, New York (April 29, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT) -- Financial fraud has long been a staple of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement. The formation of the Interagency Financial Fraud Task Force in November 2009 and the Virginia Financial and Securities Fraud Task Force in May 2010, both of which include the SEC and U.S. Department of Justice, are undoubtedly spurring the efforts of regulators in this key area.

Many recent SEC financial fraud cases are built on traditional themes of improperly boosted revenue, cookie jar reserves and similar items. At the same time there...
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