Four States, SEC Accuse Morgan Keegan of Fraud

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Four states, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority have filed administrative actions against Morgan Keegan & Co., alleging the company cost investors over $2 billion through fraudulent and reckless business practices.

Officials in Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina, along with the SEC, Wednesday alleged the Memphis, Tenn.-based company fraudulently overstated the value of funds backed by sub-prime mortgages.

FINRA's complaint also focuses on Morgan Keegan using false and misleading sales material in its marketing.

The agencies and states are seeking financial restitution for investors. Along with fines, Morgan Keegan could face the revocation of its securities license and lose the ability to sell securities. No criminal charges have been filed.

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