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Pot's New Growing Pains: Financial Scams

Wall Street agency warns investors about shady investment offers

(Newser) - Another sign that the marijuana industry is getting all grown up: Financial scammers are moving in. The agency that regulates Wall Street is warning investors about an increase in iffy investment pitches, reports the Los Angeles Times . So if you get any emails from marijuana start-ups urging you to act... More »

Stanford Pulled in $5B While SEC Dithered

Feds ignored employee warnings, fumbled over jurisdiction

(Newser) - When the Securities and Exchange Commission sent probing questionnaires in 2005 to investors who’d bought certificates of deposit from Stanford Group, panic set in. “Then it all seemed to go away,” says one former Stanford employee. Concerns over jurisdiction stayed the SEC’s hand for almost 4... More »

SEC Overlooked Stanford Fraud in 2003

Former employee warned agency, others of 'Ponzi scheme'

(Newser) - A former employee of Sir Allen Stanford warned the SEC in 2003 of an “illegal Ponzi scheme” involving his firms, but regulators brushed off the allegations, the Financial Times reports. The whistleblower also told another regulatory body that one of Stanford’s companies was “engaged in a Ponzi... More »

Madoff Fund Made No Trades

Records of trades don't match stock prices

(Newser) - The fund run by Wall Street swindler Bernie Madoff apparently did not execute a single trade the entire time it was raking in billions of dollars in investment cash from unsuspecting clients, reports Reuters. Monthly statements of trades from Madoff were pure fiction that kept up appearances in the $50... More »

Obama's SEC Choice Faces Questions on Lawsuits

Schapiro accused of making misleading statements about regulatory merger

(Newser) - Mary Schapiro, Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, has been accused in two lawsuits of making misleading statements to rush through the 2-year-old merger of two regulatory agencies that resulted in a 57% pay hike for herself, the New York Times reports. Schapiro is to... More »

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