Monday, July 20, 2009

Cuomo Says Schwab Faces Fraud Suit

Liz Rappaport of The Wall Street Journal reports that New York State Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo "warned that his office plans to sue the largest online brokerage firm for civil fraud over its marketing and sales of auction-rate securities to clients. Emails and testimony cited in the letter show Schwab's brokers had little idea of what they were selling and later failed to tell clients that the market was collapsing."

The attorney general's investigation of Schwab found that brokers were unaware of and misleading about the risks of the securities -- promoting them to customers as cash-like investments, according to the letter. It also found that some traders and executives knew the market was cracking as early as the autumn of 2007 and took steps to protect the company, but didn't disclose those problems to customers.

Cuomo Says Schwab Faces Fraud Suit

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