U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

  • News

    February 20, 2014

    Doggie Purgatory

    Thanks to Happy Endings and its fund source Life Partners, 248 dogs remain abandoned in a kennel.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Happy Endings Dog "Rescue" Life Partners, Inc. Camp Diggy Bones = Doggie Purgatory

    The owner of self-proclaimed animal rescue with an alleged history of not paying boarding fees is still refusing to explain why her rescue's major donor, the CEO of a multi-million dollar investment company, pulled his funds and will not pay to save 248 dogs abandoned in a Dallas-area kennel. Linda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    248 Dogs Face Uncertain Future, And Their Rescue Organization Won't Tell us Why

    Until last December, Hewitt-based Happy Endings Dog Rescue paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to board dogs at the Lavon-based Camp Diggy Bones kennel. But word went out among the animal rescue community that Happy Endings, run by a woman named Linda Robinson-Pardo, suddenly lost a major ... More >>

  • News

    April 18, 2013

    Shakedown: The HCAD Appraisal Game

    HCAD fights owners of moderate housing for every single assessment penny. So why is it routinely handing out tax breaks worth several millions to big corporations?

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    George Jarkesy: Conservative Talking Head, Host to Radio Show in Investments, Gets Slammed by SEC

    A local radio host who splits his time between spouting right-wing dogma and offering investment advice has been hit with a cease-and-desist order from the Securities and Exchange Commission. George R. Jaresky, Jr. hosts a show on KTEK-AM 1100 (Official motto: "Yes, We Exist") and is semi-syndicate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Johnny "Football" Manziel: How Badly Did Vegas Miss On The 2012 Heisman?

    Any way you slice it, the "Johnny Manziel for Heisman" story (covered ad nauseum in this space over the last few days) is one of the most unlikely sports stories certainly of this calendar year and perhaps in the history of college football. Lightly recruited, undersized redshirt freshman quarterba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Laura Pendergest-Holt: Former Stanford Financial Head Gets Three Years In Prison

    Laura Pendergest-Holt, 39, the former chief investment officer for the Ponzi-scheming Stanford Financial Group, got her prison sentence today: up to three years in a federal pen. She got her sentence, prosecutors say, for "obstructing a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Friday Night: Journey at The Woodlands

    Journey Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 24, 2012 Rewind: Saturday Night: Styx & REO Speedwagon at The Woodlands Journey's enduring popularity might seem a little improbable at first, but it's not that hard to figure out. Core members Neil Schon, the former Santana guitarist, and bassist R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Laura Pendergest-Holt: Stanford Financial CIO Pleads Guilty To Obstruction Charges

    The chief investment officer of Allen Stanford's disgraced Ponzi-scheme firm has pleaded guilty to obstructing investigations of it, the U.S. Attorney's Office says. Laura Pendergest-Holt, 38, said she had hoped to stall an SEC investigation into Stanford International Bank (SIB), the Antiguan offs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Some Modest Suggestions for Bud Selig, MLB Commissioner For Life

    Yep, we're still stuck with this bozo​In case you missed the news last week, Bud Selig's contract to be the commissioner of Major League Baseball has been extended another two years -- this coming after Selig had announced several years ago that he was retiring at the end of his current contra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    For Texas A&M: A Guide to the SEC

    Welcome to the family, Aggies.​Earthshaking news that you might have missed if you're not a sports fan: Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12 to go to the Southeastern Conference. If you're not a sports fan, perhaps your earth has remained unshaken, but it's a monster step for the Aggies. To help ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    Wells Fargo Hit for Funding Allegedly Badly Run Private Texas Prison

    Wells Fargo hit by protests.​Wells Fargo just can't win: All the bank wants to do is make good on its underwriting of a private prison company with a history of inmate deaths, sexual abuse and record-tampering, and now a group called Texas United for Families wants the bank to pull out. Speci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Daniel Frishberg: Houston's "MoneyMan" Settles With SEC

    The MoneyMan settles with the SEC.​Breaking news: There is something called "BizRadio" in Houston, as far as we can tell on 1110 AM, and its big personality is Daniel "The MoneyMan" Frishberg. More breaking news: Frishberg has just settled a complaint from the SEC and will be reimbursing inve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Dynegy: Homeless Man Comes ThisClose to Buying It

    Meet the (almost) new boss, not the same as the old boss​The Houston Business Journal has ferreted out a nice nugget from the reams of paper surrounding the sale of Houston's Dynegy Inc.: Goldman Sachs tracked down and talked to a homeless guy who put in a bid to buy it. SEC filings show that ... More >>

  • Film

    November 4, 2010

    Greed, Interrupted

    Part meltdown memoir, part essential finger pointing, Inside Job will make you seethe.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Porn-Loving SEC Employees Deserve A Helping Hand

    ​ When we heard news that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) employees were watching porn while our country's economy was crashing, it didn't surprise us ... at all. Yeah we know, the SEC was formed to police Wall Street, and while the culprits were getting away like bank robbers, 33 SEC emp ... More >>

  • News

    March 25, 2010

    Welcome to Arizona

    Judge who helped BP went on junket party on their tab.

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    The Big Secrets In Bill White's Tax Returns, Revealed

    ​You know things have gotten off on the wring foot challenging Rick Perry when the state's leading political writer compares your operation to Kay Bailey Hutchison's.Here's how things have gone in the Texas governor's race since the primaries: Rick Perry has been in Patton mode, ostentatiously "ac ... More >>

  • News

    October 29, 2009

    No Justice

    We've bailed out the banks. When do we go after the crooks behind our financial collapse?

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Halliburton Corruption: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

    ​Earlier this year, Halliburton agreed to pay nearly $560 million in fines to the federal government to end an investigation into its former subsidiary, KBR, and its involvement in bribing Nigerian officials to get construction contracts. It was reportedly the largest fine ever paid by a U.S. comp ... More >>

  • News

    April 9, 2009

    The Rise and Fall of the Stanford Financial Group

    Castles and corruption lead to criminal charges.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    At Least This Financial-Scandal Houstonian Is More Eccentric Than Ken Lay

    Bloomberg is reporting that the Houston-based Stanford Group Co. is under investigation by the Feds. In the aftermath of the Bernie Madoff scandal, both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority want to know how Stanford can keep paying out 4.5 percent r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2007
  • News

    July 19, 2007

    Texas coin companies target elderly investors

    Heads you lose, tails you lose

  • News

    August 31, 2006

    Monkey Business

    Primates -- destined for laboratory research -- are being brought into a compound in Houston so carefully and quietly that no one knows they're here

  • News

    February 2, 2006
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    February 2, 2006

    Wize Guys

    Here's your chance to get rich quick -- or lose your shirt, in which case, GlobalTec disavows all responsibility for, well, anything

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Fool's Gold

    Desperate clients hand over thousands of dollars for a chance at a job

  • News

    August 11, 2005

    Who Cares?

    Celester Hall went to Afghanistan to help the troops and make his fortune. He came back deaf, in diapers and looking for benefits.

  • News

    February 17, 2005

    News to Use

    A Pearland guy causes a Beltway firestorm

  • News

    February 10, 2005

    The Smartest Film at Sundance

    Alex Gibney tells the story of Enron's rise and fall -- and you won't need an economics degree to understand it

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    Children of Enron

    One of Ken Lay's many legacies: the families whose lives were disrupted by the fall

  • News

    May 27, 2004

    Welcome to Fire Island

    While communities across the country block LNG terminals, Quintana just shrugs

  • News

    October 10, 2002

    Honey, I Implicated the Kids!

    Location will be a trying problem for Fastow's legal team

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Bashing Bush

    The Chronicle's film critic doubles as a pinko commie naysayer

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Living in a House of Cards

    Rank-and-file employees suspected something was wrong at Enron. Now they want someone to pay.

  • News

    February 7, 2002

    Up In Smoke

    Enron used political ties to rid itself of regulators. But in the end, its supposed free-market trailblazing only burned investors.

  • News

    January 24, 2002

    Catching a Big One

    Moody hooks a $75 million verdict against a fish farm and a law firm

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Red Light, Green Light

    With billboards of windmills promising gentle, nonpolluting energy, Green Mountain offers Texans a new power avenue. Will they take it? Should they?

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    From PACman to Port Chairman

    After a career serving kingmakers, can Jim Edmonds really be his own leader?

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    All's Dell

    So long to slackers and laid-back lifestyles. Now that cash-rich techies have taken over, can Austin survive the great digital divide?

  • Film

    February 17, 2000

    $tocks and Bonding

    Boiler Room steams with the stark greed of go-for-brokers

  • News

    April 29, 1999

    Monkey Business

    Who needs a product when you can sell stock? The mind-boggling success of

  • News

    August 6, 1998

    Time Lines

    Buyers are the real prize in vacation-share pitches

  • News

    November 7, 1996

    Don't cry for me, Amarillo

    How once-fearsome corporate raider T. Boone Pickens was beaten at his own game -- by a one-time protege

  • News

    June 13, 1996

    Watch out, stock market,, here come the SOES BANDITS

    And they're ready to make money the old-fashioned way: By outsmarting the big guys.

  • News

    April 25, 1996


    Headline:The Case Against Hurwitz In one of the last big S&L cases from the '80s, two federal agencies are pursuing Charles Hurwitz over the failure of united Savings. And for once, Hurwitz may have no place to hide.

  • News

    April 6, 1995

    The Wendy Card

    Wendy Gramm's all-American success story is a centerpiece of her husband's fledgling presidential bid. But there's more to the story than what's being packaged and sold by the Phil Gramm campaign.

  • News

    April 7, 1994

    Aggie Alchemy

    John Bockris was known around Texas A&M as a chemist interested in "weird science." Joe Champion gave him all he could handle.

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