Matt Goldstein over at theStreet.com reports today that the SEC has filed civil securities fraud charges against Gryphon Partners, the Dallas-based hedge fund.
The securities fraud charges against Gryphon, led by Edwin “Bucky” Lyon IV, arise from a more than two-year-old investigation into allegations of manipulative trading in the $22 billion-a-year market for PIPEs, or private investments in public equity.
The Securities and Exchange Commission, in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York federal court, allege Gryphon and Lyon “realized more than $6.5 million in ill-gotten gains” from 2001 through 2004.
Regulators allege Gryphon illegally shorted shares of at least 35 companies that sold discounted stock in PIPEs, a type of financing favored by small-cap companies in desperate need of cash. The SEC contends Gryphon “employed a variety of deceptive trading techniques” and misappropriated inside information to carry out its scheme.
SEC Sues Gryphon [thestreet.com]