The SEC has announced a settlement with the chief executive officer of an Atlanta-based homebuilder to recover several million dollars in bonus compensation and stock profits that he received while the company was committing accounting fraud.
According to the SEC’s complaint filed in federal court in Atlanta, CEO Ian J. McCarthy previously failed to reimburse Beazer Homes USA Inc. for bonuses, other incentive-based or equity-based compensation, and profits from Beazer stock sales that he received during the 12-month periods after his company filed fraudulent financial statements during fiscal year 2006.
The SEC brought previous enforcement actions against the company and its former chief accounting officer who perpetrated the fraud. While not personally charged for the misconduct, McCarthy is still required under Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to reimburse the issuer for incentive-based compensation and stock sale profits received during that fraudulent period. The settlement with McCarthy is subject to court approval.
Without admitting or denying the SEC’s allegations, McCarthy agreed to reimburse Beazer $6,479,281 in cash, 40,103 restricted stock units (or its equivalent), and 78,763 shares of restricted stock (or its equivalent). This reimbursement represents McCarthy’s entire fiscal year 2006 incentive bonus ($5,706,949 in cash and 40,103 in restricted stock units), $772,232 in stock sale profits, and 78,763 shares of restricted stock granted in 2006.
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