The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today, January 29th., 2013, on it’s website announced that it has charged a former managing director of Jefferies & Co., Inc. (Jefferies), a New York-based broker-dealer, with making misrepresentations and engaging in misleading conduct while he sold mortgage-backed securities (MBS) in the wake of the financial crisis.

The SEC alleges that Jesse Litvak, a senior trader on Jefferies’ MBS Desk who worked at Jefferies’ office in Stamford, Connecticut, where he bought and sold MBS from and to his customers. From 2009 to 2011, Litvak allegedly lied to, or otherwise misled, those customers about the prices that Jefferies had purchased the MBS before selling it to another customer and the amount of his firm’s compensation for arranging the trades. Litvak also misled his customer into believing that he was arranging a MBS trade between customers, when Litvak really was selling the MBS out of Jefferies’ inventory. Litvak also misled customers about how much money they were paying in compensation to Jefferies. These customers included investment funds established by the United States government in the wake of the financial crisis to help support the market for MBS as well as other investment funds, including hedge funds.

It was also noted in the article on the SEC website that according to the SEC’s complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, Litvak engaged in misconduct on over 25 trades. When Litvak offered his customers MBS, he lied to them about how much Jefferies had paid (or was paying) for the securities. On some occasions, Litvak also pretended to be actively negotiating with an outside party to buy a security that he would then re-sell to his customer. But none of these negotiations were taking place; instead, Litvak fabricated the existence of the seller and every detail about active negotiations with it. In fact, as Litvak knew, Jefferies had purchased these bonds days before and already held them in its inventory.

The SEC’s complaint charges Litvak with violating the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws. The complaint seeks a final judgment permanently enjoining Litvak from future violations of the federal securities laws, ordering him to disgorge his ill-gotten gains plus prejudgment interest, and order him to pay civil penalties.

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