An investment fraud lawyer explains when ineptitude or negligence is a crime
Within the business and financial industries, complex transactions take place every day. Those in positions of power- including stock brokers, CEOs, CFOs, and investment advisors- are expected to have an understanding of the transactions that they are participating in. When a financial professional
Negligence can sometimes result in a civil lawsuit, especially when a duty of care exists and a professional level of skill is expected. Accountants, for example, can be sued for malpractice for ineptitude or negligence. Ineptitude and negligence can even lead to criminal charges in limited circumstances, but defendants may often avoid conviction by showing that their behavior did not rise to the level of recklessness.
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Consequences of Ineptitude or Negligence
Most types of fraud charges and many other criminal cases require both actus
This does not, however, mean that ineptitude or negligence has no consequences. In Aaron v. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Supreme Court held that negligence alone may be sufficient to satisfy the scienter requirement in Section 17 of the Securities Act of 1933. Section 17
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Is Ineptitude or Negligence Ever a Crime?
While ineptitude and negligence should not result in criminal penalties, there are times when you may find yourself facing charges. For example:
- You may be charged with a fraud offense and accused of making intentionally misleading statements when you simply made a mistake. Under these circumstances, you could actually use your lack of knowledge as a defense to the criminal charges.
- You may be charged with a crime if prosecutors believe you practiced willful blindness. If you participated in a pump-and-dump scheme and aggressively marketed a worthless penny stock while working in a boiler room, the prosecutor may claim you intentionally participated in the fraud even if you were unaware that you were misleading investors. You could claim ineptitude and the prosecutor may argue willful blindness, trying to show that you chose not to determine if you were participating in a scam.
- You may be charged with a crime for gross negligence or extreme recklessness. A CEO who is grossly negligent in certifying financial statements- even though those statements are inaccurate- could potentially face criminal penalties under Sarbanes Oxley.
When you are accused of breaking any investment or securities fraud laws, the penalties can be substantial. You need to get legal help defending yourself from the charges.
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