May 6, 2009
Lawyers as Gatekeepers - SEC Goes Against Two Attorneys for Their Opinion Letters
The Securities Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint against "two California-based attorneys as well as a California corporation and its owner for preparing and issuing fraudulent legal opinions involving unregistered stock that enabled promoters and others to sell shares in an illegal pump-and-dump scheme." The SEC Press Release states:
"The market relies on lawyers to act as gatekeepers who exercise their function in good faith," said Katherine S. Addleman, Regional Director of the SEC's Atlanta Regional Office. "As alleged in our complaint, these defendants disregarded the investing public by operating a legal opinion mill of fraudulent letters that misrepresented critical facts and cited to non-existent documents."
See also Joe Palazzolo, SEC Charges Lawyers in Pump-and-Dump Scheme
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