Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The SEC announced that Edward J. Marino, the former chief executive officer of Connecticut-based Presstek, Inc., has agreed to settle previously-filed charges that he aided and abetted Presstek’s violations of Section 13(a) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) and Regulation FD. On March 9, 2010, the Commission filed a civil injunctive action against Marino and Presstek, a manufacturer and distributor of high-technology digital imaging equipment. The Commission's complaint alleged that on September 28, 2006, while acting on behalf of Presstek, Marino selectively disclosed material non-public information regarding Presstek's financial performance during the third quarter of 2006 to a partner of a registered investment adviser. According to the complaint, within minutes of receiving the information from Marino, the partner decided to sell all of the shares of Presstek stock managed by the investment adviser. The complaint alleged that Presstek violated of Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act and Regulation FD when it did not simultaneously disclose to the public the information provided by Marino to the partner, and that Marino aided and abetted those violations.
Without admitting or denying the Commission’s allegations, Marino has consented to the entry of a civil judgment requiring him to pay a $50,000 civil penalty. At the time the case was originally filed in March 2010, Presstek agreed to settle the Commission's charges by consenting to a judgment that enjoins Presstek from further violations of Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act and Regulation FD and ordered it to pay a $400,000 civil penalty.