The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against eight former members of the boards of directors overseeing five Memphis, Tenn.-based mutual funds for violating their asset pricing responsibilities under the federal securities laws.
The issues stem from the housing collapse starting in late 2007.
According to the SEC, “The funds, which were invested in some securities backed by subprime mortgages, fraudulently overstated the value of their securities as the housing market was on the brink of financial crisis in 2007. The SEC and other regulators previously charged the funds’ managers with fraud, and the firms later agreed to pay $200 million to settle the charges.”
The eight fund directors named are:
- J. Kenneth Alderman of Birmingham, Ala.
- Jack R. Blair of Germantown, Tenn.
- Albert C. Johnson of Hoover, Ala.
- James Stillman R. McFadden of Germantown
- Allen B. Morgan Jr. of Memphis
- W. Randall Pittman of Birmingham
- Mary S. Stone of Birmingham
- Archie W. Willis III of Memphis