Citigroup Inc has agreed to pay a $15 fine after the SEC filed civil charges against the group for failing to implement procedures that would detect and prevent insider trading.
The Securities and Exchange Commission accepted the settlement on Wednesday, marking the second time this week that Citigroup and its affiliates were hit with multi-million dollar fines.
Two Citigroup affiliates were forced to pay $179.5 million. Citigroup Alternative Investments, a subsidiary of the bank, and Citigroup Global Markets, were charged with telling mostly wealthy investors that their investments from 2002 to 2007 were placed into mostly low-risk portfolios that were similar to bonds.
The financial crises in mid-2007 caused those investors to lose a majority of their investments.
The settlement states that the funds manager failed to disclose “very real risks” of the funds. Managers at the funds also provided verbal feedback that directly conflicted with fund marketing materials.
Citigroup has not issued any comments about the payouts.