Article: Goldman to pay $2M to settle SEC case

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Goldman to pay $2M to settle SEC case

Associated Press, 14 March 2007

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s clearing unit has agreed to pay $2 million in civil penalties to settle allegations that it allowed customers to illegally profit by selling securities short just before public offerings of stock, regulators said.

It marks the first settlement of a Securities and Exchange Commission and NYSE Regulation Inc. case alleging that a prime brokerage firm played a role in a type of abusive short-selling practice that has prompted some companies to launch a high-profile campaign against “naked” short selling. That involves selling borrowed shares without having first borrowed the shares.

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