Seven SEC employees disciplined on failure to stop Madoff fraud

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The Securities and Exchange Commission, which failed to stop Bernard Madoff’s long-running investment fraud despite repeated warnings, has disciplined seven agency employees over their handling of the matter but did not fire anyone, a person familiar with the actions said.

An eighth employee resigned before disciplinary action was taken, the person said.

The SEC’s head of human resources had recommended that SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro fire one individual, according to a second person, an official involved in the process. The human resources head took that position after a law firm hired by the SEC to advise it on the disciplinary actions also recommended that the employee be fired, the official said.

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