On January 13, the SEC filed a complaint against 11 former executives and board members of an Alabama-based federal savings bank and its holding company for allegedly participating in various schemes to mislead investors and bank regulators by concealing loan losses, and for violating reporting, internal controls, books-and-records, and proxy solicitation provisions. According to the SEC, the bank’s officers and directors extended, renewed, and rolled over loans, and/or used straw borrowers to “avoid properly classifying the loans as impaired and increasing the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (‘ALLL’).” The SEC’s complaint further alleges that in 2009 and 2010, the bank misstated its reported income by approximately 99% and 54%, respectively. The SEC is charging the defendants with, among other things, various counts of fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, circumvention of internal controls and falsified books and records, and false statements to accounts in violation of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act. Nine out of the 11 named defendants agreed to settle the charges against them, with penalties ranging from $100,000 to $250,000, and the remaining two defendants are contesting the charges in federal district court in Tallahassee, Florida.