A New York CPA tax attorney has been barred from practicing before the SEC after he pleaded guilty to securities violations for his role in an insider trading scheme in which he made $119,347 from trading on pending corporate mergers and other transactions. Eric Holzer faced those charges for his actions in 2005.

Holzer, a former tax associate at Paul Hastings, pleaded guilty on May 7, 2009 to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one count securities fraud. Although he avoided prison, Holzer was sentenced to five years of probation and to spend time in a halfway house, ordered to pay an assessment of $200 and a criminal fine of $15,000 and to forfeit the proceeds he obtained on the trades. He was also disbarred.

News reports show he was charged on Dec. 18, 2008, in connection with a $4.8 million scheme to profit from information that former Lehman Brothers employee Matthew Devlin gleaned from his wife, Nina Devlin, a partner at the public relations firm Brunswick Group. Matthew Devlin pleaded guilty to securities fraud and four counts of conspiracy in December 2008 as part of a cooperation deal with prosecutors. Nina Devlin was not charged as it was found she was unaware of her husband's actions.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
Last modified on Sunday, 02 June 2013
Read 4143 times
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Visit other PMG Sites:

click me
PMG360 is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal data we collect from our subscribers/agents/customers/exhibitors and sponsors. On May 25th, the European's GDPR policy will be enforced. Nothing is changing about your current settings or how your information is processed, however, we have made a few changes. We have updated our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy to make it easier for you to understand what information we collect, how and why we collect it.
Ok Decline