The Securities and Exchange Commission, also known as the ‘SEC,’ has filed 734 enforcement actions the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2012. That is one less than last year’s record of 735.

The SEC’s report should remind investors that investment fraud is still a threat to investors. The SEC filed 147 enforcement actions in 2012 against investment advisors and investment companies, one more than 2011’s record number. The SEC filed 134 enforcement actions related to broker-dealers, a 19% increase over 2011.

On the positive side for investors, the SEC was able to secure more payments for the victims of the fraud. The SEC was able to secure over $3 billion in penalties and disgorgement in 2012 for wronged investors. This is an increase of 11 % over the 2011.

In 2011 and 2012, the SEC obtained orders for $5.9 billion in penalties and disgorgement for the investors who became victims of fraud.

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