Judge James B. Zagel also ordered Cho to pay $7.9 million in restitution.
The indictment charged that Cho's victims were led to believe that they were buying stock in well-known issuers, when in fact, Cho misused the investor funds for his own personal benefit and to make Ponzi scheme-like payments to previous investors. According to the SEC's announcement, “Cho's sentence was lengthened , in part, because Cho lied to the SEC during its investigation.”
In a parallel action, the SEC obtained a final judgment against Cho in August 2010, ordering him to pay around $7.78 million in disgorgement, prejudgment interest, and $150,000 in statutory civil penalty, the announcement added.
To see the SEC's announcement, go to http://www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2013/lr22601.htm.
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