Article: GWFS Equities Fined $1.5M For Failure To Report Suspicious Activity On Accounts

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GWFS Equities Fined $1.5M For Failure To Report Suspicious Activity On Accounts

Harion Camargo, 08 June 2021

Thanks to its ‘significant’ cooperation with investigating authorities, and subsequent implementation of remedial measures, GWFS Equities Inc. (GWFS) appears to have been spared some embarrassment and possibly stiffer penalties as the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) accepted its offer of a settlement.

Colorado-based GWFS is a subsidiary of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company and services retirement plans sponsored by employers. It has been under investigation for violation of federal securities laws related to filing reports of suspicious activities. Continue reading “Article: GWFS Equities Fined $1.5M For Failure To Report Suspicious Activity On Accounts”

Article: SEC fines broker-dealer $1.5M for SARs filing failures

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SEC fines broker-dealer $1.5M for SARs filing failures

Kyle Brasseur, 12 May 2021

A Colorado-based broker-dealer will pay $1.5 million as part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Wednesday for lapses in the filing of suspicious activity reports (SARs) related to the threat of cyber-breaches.

GWFS Equities, an affiliate of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, provides services to employer-sponsored retirement plans. The company was allegedly the victim of multiple attempts by bad actors to access the retirement accounts of individual plan participants. GWFS failed to file approximately 130 SARs related to these incidents as required, according to the SEC. Continue reading “Article: SEC fines broker-dealer $1.5M for SARs filing failures”

Article: SEC Obtains Emergency Asset Freeze, Charges California Trader with Posting False Stock Tweets

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SEC Obtains Emergency Asset Freeze, Charges California Trader with Posting False Stock Tweets

Washington D.C., March 15, 2021 —

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges and an asset freeze and other emergency relief against an Irvine, California-based trader who used social media to spread false information about a defunct company, while secretly profiting by selling his own holdings of the company’s stock.

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