On June 6, 2011, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged a long time employee at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (“BMIS”) with “aiding and abetting violations of Section 204 and Rule 204-2 of the [Investment] Advisers Act [of 1940] (Adviser Books and Records Violations).” The SEC’s complaint alleges that BMIS, “failed to make, maintain on its premises, or keep accurate, certain books and records required by law.” The SEC cites several examples where the firm failed to maintain accurate cash receipts, disbursement records, accurate ledgers, and failed to keep true and accurate bank statements, cancelled checks and cash reconciliations. The allegations against the former employee of BMIS contend that the employee aided and abetted violations of Sections 204, 206(1) and 206(2) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and Rule 204-2 thereunder. The SEC contends that as an employee in the investment advisory operations, the former BMIS employee assisted in falsifying documents, making repeated material misrepresentations, and generated fictitious account statements; thus, violating the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Rule 204-2 and thereunder and perpetuating the firm’s violations.
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Posted by Bryan Hill