Vancook v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 10-0031 (2d Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Petitioner, a former stockbroker, sought review of an order of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which found that he willfully violated the antifraud provisions of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act), 15 U.S.C. 78j(b), 17 C.F.R. 240.10b-5, by orchestrating a scheme that allowed certain customers to engage in late trading of mutual funds, and that he aided and abetted and caused the failure of his firm to keep accurate books and records, in violation of the Exchange Act's recordkeeping requirements. At issue was whether the SEC's order, which barred petitioner from working in the securities industry, issued a cease and desist order against him, ordered him to disgorge his unjust enrichment amount plus interest, and imposed a civil penalty, should be vacated. The court denied the petition and affirmed the SEC's order because petitioner's conduct clearly violated the Exchange Act's antifraud and recordkeeping provisions and because the penalties imposed by the SEC were not unreasonable.