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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Former Pitney Bowes Exec Settles Insider Trading Charges

The SEC settled charges that Howard B. Wildstein, a former Pitney Bowes, Inc. executive, engaged in insider trading in the stock of MapInfo Corporation in advance of the March 15, 2007 public announcement that Pitney Bowes had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MapInfo.

According to the SEC's complaint, in late February 2007, Wildstein learned that MapInfo was a potential target of Pitney Bowes and that executives of Pitney Bowes who were responsible for mergers and acquisitions had recently visited MapInfo. On March 1 and March 2, 2007, based on this material nonpublic information, Wildstein purchased 8,000 shares of MapInfo common stock. After the acquisition was publicly announced, Wildstein sold all 8,000 shares, realizing an unlawful profit of $51,177.

The settlement requires Wildstein to pay a total of $114,848 in disgorgement, prejudgment interest, and civil penalties. The settlement is subject to approval by the court.

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