February 10, 2009
SEC Settles Financial Fraud Charges Against Former MetLife Officer
The SEC announced that on February 9, 2009, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts entered a final judgment by consent against Thom A. Faria, the last defendant in a financial fraud case filed in April 2006. Faria is a former officer of MetLife, Inc. and its insurance company subsidiary New England Financial (NEF). The Commission's action charged that Faria and two other defendants engaged in a scheme to improperly hide NEF expenses that led directly to the publication of materially false financial statements by MetLife and NEF. Faria, who was the former president of the NEF distribution channel and a senior vice president of MetLife, settled the matter without admitting or denying the Commission's allegations. He consented to the entry of a final judgment enjoining him from future violations of the federal securities laws, ordering him to pay a total of over $97,000 in disgorgement, prejudgment interest and civil penalties, and barring him from serving as an officer or director of a public company for five years.
Faria's two co-defendants, former NEF employees Stephen McLaughlin and William Stickney, previously agreed to settle the Commission's charges. Judgments by consented were entered against Stickney in July 2007 and McLaughlin in October 2007.
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