Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Citigroup
Current Parent Company: 
Citigroup
Penalty: 
$285,000,000
Year: 
2011
Date: 
October 19, 2011
Primary Offense: 
toxic securities abuses
Secondary Offense: 
investor protection violation
Violation Description: 

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Citigroup's principal U.S. broker-dealer subsidiary would pay $285 million to settle allegations of misleading investors about a $1 billion collateralized debt obligation tied to the U.S. housing market in which Citigroup bet against investors as the housing market showed signs of distress. The CDO defaulted within months, leaving investors with losses while Citigroup made $160 million in fees and trading profits.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Securities and Exchange Commission
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
New York
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
financial services
Specific Industry of Parent: 
banking & securities
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Parent company note: 
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