The Securities and Exchange Commission announced last Wednesday it is taking proceedings against former CIBC brokers Michael Sassano and Dogan Baruh for allegedly assisting hedge funds market time mutual funds between 1999 and at least 2003. The SEC also said that Baruh placed illegal late trades.
When the mutual funds tried to stop the timing, Sassano and Baruh helped the hedge funds try to conceal their activities by creating new accounts with CIBC and even opening up accounts at competitive brokerages, including Charles Schwab and Fidelity Investments. Sassano and Baruh also used multiple registered rep and branch numbers, as well as trades in smaller dollar amounts. These, the SEC said, were among Sassano's and Baruh's favorite tactics to deceive mutual funds and stay under the radar of the mutual funds' internaltiming monitors.