The Securities and Exchange Commission has joined Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin’s probe into the mutual fund trading practices of Prudential Securities, Reuters reports.

SEC investigators descended upon Prudential’s Boston office, looking for evidence and planning to speak with employees, according to Reuters. Galvin has already subpoenaed Prudential for documents.

Both the SEC and Prudential declined to comment on the investigation, details of which have not been made public. In New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s probe of mutual funds, the practice in question is late trading, whereby fund companies allowed investors to buy a fund’s net asset value after the market close, rather than requiring them to buy at the next day’s NAV. This allegedly allowed hedge funds and other institutions to trade on market-moving information and take advantage of potential price discrepancies in the NAVs.

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