Stephen L. Cohen, SEC Official Who Introduced World To Zeek Case, Leaving Agency After Nearly 12 Years

“The obligations to investors drastically exceed the company’s cash on hand, which is why we need to step in quickly, salvage whatever funds remain and ensure an orderly and fair payout to investors. ZeekRewards misused the power of the Internet and lured investors by making them believe they were getting an opportunity to cash in on the next big thing. In reality, their cash was just going to the earlier investor.” Stephen L. Cohen, Associate Director, SEC Division of Enforcement, Aug. 17, 2012

Our best wishes to Stephen L. Cohen, who delivered the words above nearly four years ago. Cohen is leaving the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission after nearly 12 years of service.

“Throughout his career at the SEC, Steve has made substantial and long-lasting contributions to the Commission’s mission,” said Andrew J. Ceresney, director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.  “He has supervised significant cases involving a wide variety of misconduct and has been closely involved in the implementation of various enhancements to the enforcement program.  His keen intellect and enthusiasm will be missed.”

One of the cases he supervised — as the SEC noted today — was Zeek Rewards.

The PP Blog’s lede in the story reporting the SEC’s Zeek action on Aug. 17, 2012 (italics added):

The SEC has filed an emergency action in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., that alleges Zeek Rewards is a $600 million Ponzi and pyramid scheme.

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