Saturday, January 17, 2009
On January 14, the SEC issued an administrative Order against Michael K. Brugman. The Order finds that from mid-2001 through December 2002, Brugman, who was at the time a wholesaler for Invesco Funds Group, Inc. (IFG), accepted personal payments totaling over $3 million from various entities in exchange for procuring market timing capacity with the Invesco funds. Brugman never disclosed these payments to IFG. The Order bars Brugman from association with any broker, dealer, or investment adviser, and is prohibited from serving or acting as an employee, officer, director, member of an advisory board, investment adviser or depositor of, or principal underwriter for, a registered investment company or affiliated person of such investment adviser, depositor, or principal underwriter. Additionally, the Order states that Brugman shall cease and desist from committing or causing any violations and any future violations of Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, and shall pay disgorgement of $700,000.00. Brugman consented to the issuance of the Order without admitting or denying any of the findings in the Order.