The former Evergreen Investments portfolio manager who was found to have engaged in allegedly improper trading of his own mutual fund shares likely was Prescott Crocker, former skipper of the Evergreen Precious Metals Fund and its High-Yield Bond fund, according to fund research firm Morningstar.

Morningstar analysts Christopher Davis and Jeffrey Ptak cited a regulatory filing the company made late last year in which it disclosed that the trading took place in the $293 million Evergreen Precious Metals Fund. However, Morningstar criticized the firm for failing to adequately explain the circumstances to shareholders.

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