Friday, April 16, 2010
(Fortune) — The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged Wall Street’s most gilded firm, Goldman Sachs, with defrauding investors in a sale of securities tied to subprime mortgages.
The SEC said it charged New York-based Goldman (GS, Fortune 500) and a vice president, Fabrice Tourre, for their failure to disclose conflicts in a 2007 sale of a so-called collateralized debt obligation. Investors in the CDO ultimately lost $1 billion, the SEC said.
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The SEC’s civil fraud complaint alleges that Goldman allowed hedge fund Paulson & Co. — run by John Paulson, who made billions of dollars betting on the subprime collapse — to help select securities in the CDO.
Goldman didn’t tell investors that Paulson was shorting the CDO, or betting its value would fall. When the CDO’s value plunged within months of its issuance, Paulson walked off with $1 billion, the SEC said.
This article was posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 at 8:46 am