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In a civil settlement reached with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Deutsche Bank Securities will repay commercial mortgage-backed securities customers more than $3.7M over allegedly false and misleading statements related to their purchase of these investments. The firm and its ex-CMBS trading desk head trader Benjamin Solomon agreed to resolve the charges against them but without denying or admitting to regulator’s findings.

According to the SEC’s probe, when selling the CMBSs, Deutsche Bank (DB)’s salespeople and traders made statements that were false and misleading. This caused customers to pay too much for the securities because they were not given accurate information about how much the firm had paid for them. Deutsche Bank also is accused of not having properly designed procedures for surveillance and compliance that could stop and identify the types of wrongful behaviors that would cause commercial mortgage-backed securities buyers financial harm while allowing the firm to profit.

To resolve the CMBS fraud charges, Deutsche Bank will pay customers back all profits on the securities’ trades in which a misrepresentation was made. That figure is over $3.7M, including $1.48M of disgorgement. The bank will also pay a $750K penalty.

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Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy, an ex-risk manager for Nomura Holdings Inc. in the USA, has been sentenced to three months in prison. Krishnamoorthy pleaded guilty earlier this year to securities fraud related to allegations that he traded on information about Golden Gate Capital LP’s plans to buy NeuStar Inc. He made $48K in the process.

The ex-Nomura risk manager, who was a firm vice president, purchased hundreds of NeuStar shares using an undisclosed brokerage account belonging to his wife. He did this after reading an internal confidential email about the planned purchase. Nomura helped finance the deal.

In September, the US Securities and Exchange Commission announced that a final judgment had been reached in its civil case against Krishnamoorthy. Under the terms of the judgment, the ex-Nomura holdings manager is permanently enjoined from violating sections of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, rule 10b-5 thereunder, and the Securities Act of 1933. He also is liable for almost $79K of disgorgement that would be considered fulfilled either by submission of a forfeiture order in the criminal case against him or proof of payment. Additionally, the former Nomura VP was ordered to pay more than $1200K in interest and serve permanent bars from involvement in penny stock offerings and the securities industry.

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A jury has found Michael Gramins guilty of conspiracy to lie about mortgage bond prices. Gramins was one of three ex-Nomura (NMR) residential mortgage-backed securities traders charged with fraud and accused of defrauding clients of millions of dollars.

Aside from the guilty RMBS fraud verdict for conspiracy, Gramins was found not guilty of six fraud counts. The jury did not arrive at a verdict on two other charges against him.

Meantime, ex-Nomura trader Tyler Peters was acquitted on all of the criminal fraud charges against him. Although jurors cleared former Nomura trader Ross Shapiro of eight fraud counts, they were unable to arrive at a verdict regarding one conspiracy count against him. It wll be up to prosecutors to decide whether they want to retry Gramins and Shapiro on the counts that were not resolved.

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission is charging two-ex Nomura (NMR) head traders with fraud. Kee Chan and James Im ran Nomura Securities International Inc.’s commercial mortgage-backed securities desk. The regulator claims that they purposely lied to customers to inflate profits for themselves and the firm. As a result, said the SEC, the two of them made an additional over $750K in trading profits for the desk. They received healthy bonuses as a result.

Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities
CMBSs are asset-backed securities that have commercial real estate loans as their underlying assets. These debt obligations are often called bonds. CMBSs are illiquid securities.

According to the Commission, while serving as trade intermediaries with customers seeking to sell and buy CMBSs on the secondary market, Im and Chan made it seem as if they were working out bond purchases with a third-party seller at more than what Nomura paid to obtain the bonds. Im even allegedly told a customer that he had sought to deceive on purpose. Meantime, Chan is accused of modifying a customer email to protect his lie regarding a bond’s bid price.

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 Nomura Home Equity Loan, Inc. and Nomura Asset Acceptance Corporation have agreed to jointly pay over $3M to settle allegations that they engaged in the sale of faulty residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) to the Western Corporate Federal Credit Union and the U.S. Central Federal Credit Union. The National Credit Union Administration brought the RMBS fraud case on behalf of the  two corporate credit unions.
It was in 2011 that the NCUA Board, while serving as liquidating agent for both financial institutions, brought the claims against the Nomura entities. The RMBS lawsuit was brought in federal district courts in Kansas and California.
The $3M settlement dismisses NCUA’s pending cases against the two firms. By settling, neither firm is denying or admitting to the alleged wrongdoing.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut and the Securities and Exchange Commission are charging three ex-Nomura Securities International (NMR) traders with mortgage-backed securities fraud. The SEC contends that while at Nomura, Michael Gramins, Ross Shapiro, and Tyler Peters misrepresented the bonds and offers that the firm was provided for the residential mortgage-backed securities, along with the prices at which it bought and sold the securitizations and the spreads earned for intermediating the trades.

The three men are accused of not only lying to customers about the pricing data of the mortgage bonds but also of bilking of them of millions of dollars. The SEC claims that they coached, trained, and instructed junior Nomura traders to also commit this fraud. Their wrongdoing purportedly helped Nomura make millions of dollars in illicit revenue—$5 million from their alleged misconduct and $42 million from the omissions and lies made by those whom they trained.

Meantime, prosecutors have announced criminal charges against the three men. According to the indictment, they oversaw Nomura’s RMBS Desk in New York. Shapiro was a managing director, Gramins was the desk’s executive director, and Peters was a Senior VP whose role was concentrated on bond trading of alt-A loans and prime loans.

The men are accused of conspiracy to defraud Nomura customers by inflating the RMBS bond price that the firm had to pay in order to get customers to pay an even higher price. They also purportedly deflated the price that Nomura could sell an RMBS bond to get customers to sell at lower prices, as well as set up fake third third-party sellers and offers even when Nomura already owned the bonds, which they then pretended they were getting potential buyers.

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Matthew Katke, formerly of Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) and Nomura Holdings (NMR) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud for his involvement in a multi-million dollar bond scam to bilk customers. As part of his deal he will cooperate with prosecutors into its investigation of mortgage-linked bonds and collateralized debt obligations.

Katke traded securities that were backed collateralized loan obligations, which are high-yield corporate debt. The charge is related to activities he engaged in while at RBS. Prosecutors say that Katke and co-conspirators made misrepresentations to get customers to pay prices that were inflated and sellers to say yes to deflated bond prices. The scam took place from around 2008 to June 2014.

Court documents say that Katke and co-conspirators sought to profits on bond trades through the false statements they gave customers. They misrepresented the prices that RBS had paid to get a bond or what it was asking to sell it. They also misled clients about whether a bond was from RBS’s inventory or a third party. RBS is cooperating with the probe.

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