The SEC’s complaint against former Celadon president and chief operating officer William Eric Meek and former chief financial officer Bobby Peavler alleges that they sought to conceal losses by engaging in a scheme to buy and sell trucks at inflated prices, in some cases double or triple their fair market value. The complaint alleges that as a result of the transactions with third-party dealers, Celadon materially overstated its pre-tax income, net income, and earnings per share in its annual report for the period ending June 30, 2016, and in its subsequent public filings through the period ending Dec. 31, 2016. The complaint also alleges that Meek and Peavler lied to Celadon’s auditor by claiming that the pricing in the transactions was “determined and evaluated independently,” and by concealing their roles in negotiating and approving the transactions. Meek resigned from Celadon in 2017 and Peavler resigned in 2018.
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