- July 28, 2018
- Pay to Play Scheme
On July 26, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint against John Paulsen in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. John Pualsen is a former analyst at a registered broker-dealer headquartered in Alabama. It is alleged that John Paulsen aided and abetted a pay-to-play scheme involving the New York State Common Retirement Fund.
Navnoor Kang, a manager of $50 billion at the Fund, used his position and influence to solicit improper benefits from John Paulsen and his colleague, Deborah Kelley, in exchange for placing trades at John Paulsen’s broker-dealer, which generated commissions for Paulsen. Kang allegedly received thousands of dollars in benefits from John Paulsen and Deborah Kelley, including ski trips and hotel rooms. Paulsen and Kelley sought reimbursement for those expenses from their employing brokerage firm. When inconsistencies were discovered, the broker-dealer launched an internal investigation. The SEC has already charged Kang and Kelley with participating in this pay-to-play scheme.
For a cull copy of the SEC complaint, click https://www.sec.gov/litigation/complaints/2018/comp24218.pdf.
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