38 stock loan traders from A.G. Edwards, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer, and Nomura Securities are accused of stealing over $12 Million in stock loan kickbacks from their Wall Street firms. The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged the employees with the more than $12 million theft.
The SEC says that from 1998-2006, the traders worked with fake stock loan finders to skim profits from their employers through finder fees as well as cash kickbacks from finders. The stock loan traders conducted actual, legal stock loans but logged that the transactions involved finders, so there would be finder’s fees.
The finders were usually friends or relatives of the traders who were in charge of illegitimate “shell companies” that were not even a part of the stock loan business. The “finder” would then pay traders with kickbacks. The more sophisticated scams involved traders using their kickbacks to pay the other traders who had pushed through the loan transactions.
21 stock shell companies/stock loan finders (including a perfume salesman, a mailman, a dental receptionist, and a pharmacist) and 17 former and current stock loan traders now face SEC charges. The SEC says a few of these illegal operations took place in bars and restaurants throughout New York City where participants passed around payments worth thousands of dollars. The money was wrapped in newspapers or in envelopes.
In one case, two stock loan traders from Morgan Stanley are accused of stealing $1 million in undisclosed kickbacks from a shell company run by one of the trader’s relatives.
Federal prosecutors have filed charges of criminal fraud and conspiracy against 5 of the stock loan traders. 10 people have pled guilty in the case.
If you are an investor that has lost money because a member of the securities industry engaged in illegal activities, you should contact Shepherd Smith and Edwards today. We have helped thousands of people recover their financial losses. One of our experienced securities litigation attorneys would be happy to speak with you.
Related Web Resources:
US SEC charges 38 traders in stock loan scheme, Reuters, September 20, 2007
SEC Charges 38 Defendants in Multi-Million Dollar Stock Loan Scams, SEC.gov, September 20, 2007