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The SEC Charges Software Executive and Three Friends with Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has brought insider trading charges against a former software executive, Christopher Salis, and his three close friends, Douglas Miller, Edward Miller and Barrett Biehl, who allegedly made  over half a million dollars based upon an illegal tip regarding a corporate merger.

According to the SEC complaint, Christopher Salis was a global vice president at SAP America, Inc. (SAP) when he became aware of plans for an upcoming SAP merger with Concur Technologies, Inc. (Concur).  Salis allegedly tipped his close friend, Douglas Miller, who allegedly then passed on the tip to his brother, Edward Miller and another friend, Barrett Biehl.  Douglas Miller and his brother, Edward, allegedly rushed to open brokerage accounts in order to quickly begin trading in securities of Concur based upon the tip from Mr. Salis.  In total, the complaint notes that the tip from Mr. Salis yielded illicit trading profits of over $545,000 for Douglas and Edward Miller, Barrett Biehl, the Miller’s parents and another friend.  The SEC complaint further alleges that Mr. Salis received at least $10,400 in kickbacks and his startup company later received nearly $80,000 from Mr. Miller and his family. 

The SEC’s complaint charges Christopher Salis, Douglas Miller, Edward Miller, and Barrett Biehl with violating Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Mr. Salis and Douglas Miller also allegedly violated Section 14(e) and Rule 14e-3 of the Exchange Act.  The SEC is seeking disgorgement of ill-gotten gains and civil penalties.

Robert Wayne Pearce, a former SEC enforcement attorney, has litigated SEC actions for over 35 years, including, but not limited to, insider trading, stock market manipulation, and other alleged violations of the Federal securities laws.  Have you been sued by the SEC or believe that you may be subject of an investigation?  If so, call Mr. Pearce at the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. for a free consultation.  Mr. Pearce defends companies and individuals who may be the subject of an SEC investigation or enforcement action regarding their alleged involvement in securities laws violations.

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