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CFO pleads guilty to false filing with SEC

Former United Retails CFO pleads guilty to filing false results and pocketing $US11m

The former chief financial officer of
United
Rentals
(UR), the biggest US construction-equipment rental company, has
pleaded guilty to making false filings with regulators, enabling him to make a
profit of $US11.1m (?5.5m).

Michael Nolan pleaded guilty in federal court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to
one count of making false filings with USA’s
Securities and Exchange Commission in breach
of the US securities laws, US news publication Newsday reports.

In December 2000, Nolan and others made transactions aimed to falsely inflate
UR’s earnings per share by improperly realising millions of dollars in
additional profit for the fourth quarter of 2000 and the full year 2000, US
prosecuters said.

Between March 2001 and March 2002, Nolan and others benefitted personally
from the company’s falsely inflated earnings per share by selling a substantial
amount of the company’s stock at a fraudulently inflated price. Nolan himself
made a profit of $US11.1m through these share transactions, prosecutors said.

Nolan faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to about $US22m. He
will also be required to pay restitution of $US11.1m.

Further reading:

Corporate ethics: do well by doing right

Connolly reveals regulation concerns

Read
the story in Newsday

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