He and ex-financial officer Fred D. Anderson, ex-general counsel Nancy R. Heinen and, “several members of the company’s board of directors were sued Friday for securities fraud in a class-action lawsuit,” says InformationWeek.
“It would appear Apple supremo Steve Jobs hasn’t heard the last of the options back-dating scandal,” p2pnet said last September.
“When it was suggested the doctored docs could mean the SEC would de-list Apple, Who’d be served?” – Associated Press and Bloomberg had Jahan Raissi, a partner in a law firm which represents companies in Securities and Exchange Commission matters, asking.
“If it was Joe’s Shlock and Poultry Farm, then sure, get them out of there,” he went on.
“But not Apple.”
Now, Martin Vogel and Kenneth Mahoney say Apple, the ex-execs and board members William V. Campbell, Millard S. Drexler, Arthur D. Levinson, and Jerome B. York) were all involved in a scheme to, “file false financial statements, thereby concealing millions of dollars in executive compensation though the backdating of stock option grants,” says the story.
It continues that in June 2006, “Apple acknowledged that an internal investigation had revealed irregularities in its stock option grants between 1997 and 2001. It also said that one of the grants in question was to Jobs but that “it was subsequently canceled and resulted in no financial gain to the CEO.”
According to the complaint, Apple’s share price dropped after Apple’s admission, “erasing more than $7 billion in share value and it’s this loss the plaintiffs hope to recover,” says InformationWeek.
The 105-page complaint claims Jobs, et al, knew what was going on and that, “Jobs and the Individual Defendants clearly appreciated the fraudulent nature of their conduct”.
It says Jobs, “made an ‘instant paper profit’ of $20,325,000 when, on Dec. 18, 2001, he received 7.5 million Apple shares in a stock option grant dated back to Oct. 19, 2001. And Apple’s books did not show a $20,325,000 expense,” says the story, adding:
“The complaint also cites a 10 million-share option grant in January 2000 that, through backdating, resulted in ‘instant paper profit’ of $83,762,000 for Jobs, an amount that at the time was not disclosed to shareholders.”
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