Fraud, financial distress fuel Asian corporate blow-ups – CLSA

Fraud, financial distress fuel Asian corporate blow-ups – CLSA
14 September 2015
HONG KONG, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Rising cases of accounting manipulation and financial distress caused by Asia’s economic downturn are driving record levels of corporate blow-ups in the region, according to a report by investment bank CLSA published on Monday.

The level of value-destroying companies in Asia, defined as offering poor return on investors’ money, has risen to a record level of 38 percent, CLSA analysts said in the report, highlighting the rising risks posed to investors. Continue reading

SEC Flexes Its Muscle On Accounting Fraud And Targets More Individuals

SEC Flexes Its Muscle On Accounting Fraud And Targets More Individuals
David Woodcock
18 September 2015
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced the settlement or filing of a number of significant accounting fraud cases. Coupled with recent statements by the SEC and the Department of Justice, it is clear that accounting fraud is a priority and that individuals are in the cross hairs. Continue reading

By issuing a new policy that requires companies to identify every wrongdoer within the organization, regardless of rank, or be considered uncooperative, the Justice Department is telling companies to investigate more thoroughly

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/business/dealbook/theprospects-for-pursuing-corporate-executives.html?emc=edit_dlbkpm_20150914&nl=business&nlid=36114517&_r=0

The Prospects for Pursuing Corporate Executives

SEPT. 14, 2015

By PETER J. HENNING

The Justice Department wants the message to go out that federal prosecutors will be taking aim at executives over their role in corporate misconduct by issuing a new policy that requires companies to identify every wrongdoer within the organization, regardless of rank, or be considered uncooperative. Continue reading

Incorrect accounts are the board’s problem

http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2015/09/19/Incorrect-accounts-are-the-boards-problem/?style=biz

Incorrect accounts are the board’s problem

Saturday, 19 September 2015

By: ERROL OH

WHEN the accounts of a listed company turn out to be unreflective of the company’s financial performance and position, there are several options for enforcement action. The worst-case scenario (for those responsible for the accounts, that is) is when the regulators take court action that may lead to heavy punishment. Perhaps the best-known example began in July 2007, when three former top executives of Transmile Group Bhd were charged with abetting the cargo airline in making a misleading statement about reported revenue of RM338mil. This referred to the company’s quarterly report that contained the unaudited consolidated results for the financial year ended December 2006. If convicted, the trio – Gan Boon Aun, Lo Chok Ping and Khiudin Mohd – are liable to a fine of not less than RM1mil and a prison term of up to 10 years. Continue reading

Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has filed criminal charges against Chai Bunnag and 11 accomplices over the alleged manipulation of Solution Corner 1988 (SLC) shares back in 2010

DSI accuses 12 of share manipulation
16 September 2015
The Nation12 called to report after new evidence in share case

THE Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has filed criminal charges against Chai Bunnag and 11 accomplices over the alleged manipulation of Solution Corner 1988 (SLC) shares back in 2010.

DSI sources said notices have been issued for the accused to report to DSI officials by the end of this week. The investigation into this case moved forward after authorities found new evidence that was not known in 14 previous and related cases dropped by public prosecutors. Continue reading

SEC’s latest prosecution: it is possible to pursue individual auditors for missing signs of fraud they should have caught; SEC steps up enforcement actions against CPAs for cooking books; BDO to Pay $2.1 Million to Settle SEC Charges over False and Misleading Audit Opinions

http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2015/09/10/2139813/fraudit-failure/

Fraudit failure

Dan McCrum

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If you’re thinking about stock fraud, you don’t want to do it in the US where the SEC has both prosecutorial power and a desire to exercise it.

One other point to consider from the SEC’s latest prosecution: it is possible to pursue individual auditors for missing signs of fraud they should have caught, without destroying the audit firm in a repeat of the Arthur Andersen collapse.

Washington D.C., Sept. 9, 2015 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged national audit firm BDO USA with dismissing red flags and issuing false and misleading unqualified audit opinions about the financial statements of staffing services company General Employment Enterprises. Continue reading

Adviser on Chinese Reverse Mergers Is Charged in a Securities Fraud Case; Federal prosecutors call him something else: a “master of manipulation” who reaped tens of millions of dollars in illegal profits

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/business/dealbook/adviser-on-chinese-reverse-mergers-charged-with-fraud.html?emc=edit_dlbkpm_20150910&nl=business&nlid=36114517&_r=0

Adviser on Chinese Reverse Mergers Is Charged in a Securities Fraud Case

By ALEXANDRA STEVENSONSEPT. 10, 2015

Benjamin Wey has described himself as a “leading Wall Street American financier” who helped Chinese companies sell shares in the United States. Federal prosecutors call him something else: a “master of manipulation” who reaped tens of millions of dollars in illegal profits. The F.B.I. arrested Mr. Wey at his Manhattan home on Thursday and charged him with securities fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering in an eight-count indictment unsealed in a federal court in Manhattan. Continue reading

SEC can pursue insider trading case against brokers: judge

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/11/us-usa-insidertrading-sec-idUSKCN0RB1Z820150911

Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:23pm EDT

SEC can pursue insider trading case against brokers: judge

NEW YORK | BY JOSEPH AX

Two New York stockbrokers must face civil insider trading charges brought by U.S. securities regulators, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday, despite a landmark appellate ruling that torpedoed the criminal case against them. Continue reading

Sebi orders Satyam’s Raju, kin to return Rs 3,200 crore

Sebi orders Satyam’s Raju, kin to return Rs 3,200 crore

11 September 2015

The Times of India – Pune Edition

Market regulator Sebi on Thursday ordered B Ramalinga Raju and his family, the former promoters of fraud-ridden erstwhile Satyam Computers, to return Rs 1,803 crore of their ill-gotten j money plus interest for over six-and-a-half years, which adds up to about Rs 3,200 crore. t Raju, chairman of Satyam Computers till early 2009, and some of his family members have also been banned from the market for seven years. Thursday’s order was issued as a rejoinder to Sebi’s own order of July 15, 2014. The Raju family had fudged the books at Satyamfor eight years till Raju admitted to the corporate and accounting frauds on January 7, 2009. Subsequent investigations revealed that directors and employees of Satyam, including its chairman, MD and CFO, had since January 2001 “connived and collaborated in overstatements, fabrication, falsification and misrepresentation of books of account and financial statements of Satyam Computers”, the Sebi order said.

The regulator found that the Rajus and their associates fudged the company’s accounts to “paint a rosy picture”, which helped maintain a healthy share price for Satyam. They then used unpublished price-sensitive information to sell those shares at a high price to make profits, Sebi said. Sebi has now ordered the Rajus to disgorge all their ill-gotten profits along with a simple interest at 12% per annum since January 7, 2009 till the day of payment. The regulator also said that since IL&FS Engineering & Construction in its former avatar as Maytas Infra had made unlawful gains, which still remain with the company under the new management, those gains should be returned.

Criminal Charges Filed Against Nomura Traders For Skimming Off Bid/Ask Spreads, Making Millions In The Process

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-08/criminal-charges-filed-against-nomura-traders-skimming-bidask-spreads-making-million

Criminal Charges Filed Against Nomura Traders For Skimming Off Bid/Ask Spreads, Making Millions In The Process

Tyler Durden on 09/08/2015 11:46 -0400

Nearly three years ago, we explained why when it comes to fixed income traders in the traditional, and very lucrative, over the counter market, “the days of rampant skimming on top of the bid/ask spread, and with them record bonuses for bond traders and salesmen, may just ended with a whimper not a bang, and all bond traders hoping to make millions by misrepresenting what the true purchase or sale prices are to buysider clients, even if completely voluntary on both sides, may want to seek employment elsewhere. Continue reading