SEC Charges China-Based Executives with Securities Fraud

The SEC alleges that Puda Coal Inc.’s chairman Ming Zhao schemed with former CEO Liping Zhu to steal and sell Puda Coal’s sole revenue-producing asset, a coal mining company named Shanxi Puda Coal Group. Zhao secretly transferred Puda Coal’s controlling interest in Shanxi Coal to himself and then sold a substantial portion to a fund controlled by what is reported to be China’s largest state-owned financial firm. The scheme enabled Zhao rather than Puda Coal’s public shareholders to profit from a lucrative business opportunity.

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