SEC Announces US$55 Million Fair Fund Distribution To Investors Injured In Banc One Investment Advisors Market Timing Fraud
The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced the distribution of approximately US$55.6m in Fair Funds to more than 200,000 investors who were harmed by fraudulent market timing in certain Banc One mutual funds (One Group Funds). The Fair Fund resulted from a settled enforcement action in which Banc One Investment Advisors Corporation (BOIA) agreed to pay US$10m in disgorgement and US$40m in civil penalties to settle charges of unlawful market timing. The entire Fair Fund, plus accumulated interest, has been distributed to investors. “Returning money to investors injured by the unlawful market timing in this and other matters marks the continuation of the SEC’s efforts to remedy the harm suffered by investors,” said Linda Chatman Thomsen, director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.