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SEC fines Talimco over auction manipulation

The SEC charged Talimco LLC and its former COO, Grant Rogers, with manipulating the auction of a commercial real estate asset on behalf of one client for the benefit of another.

Talimco and Rogers failed to perform their fiduciary duties to a client in rigging the auction of a commercial real estate asset, according to the SEC. The regulator found that Rogers used Talimco's affiliated private fund client for one bid and convinced two unwilling bidders to participate in the auction, assuring them that they would not win. As a result, Talimco's private fund client acquired the asset and then later sold it for a substantial profit.

Talimco consented to a cease-and-desist order without admitting or denying the findings in the order. The company also consented to a censure, disgorgement of its fees of $74,000 plus prejudgment interest of $8,758.80 and a penalty of $325,000.

Rogers also consented to the order without admitting or denying the findings. He was given a 12-month industry suspension and will pay a fine of $65,000.