U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 19871 / October 16, 2006
Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Release No. 2494 / October 16, 2006
SEC v. Gregory A. Brady, et al., Civil Action No. 3:05-CV-1416-D, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division
SEC Settles Charges Against Former i2 Technologies CFO William M. Beecher
On October 12, 2006, the Commission settled civil charges against William M. Beecher, the former chief financial officer of Dallas-based i2 Technologies, Inc. and a defendant in the Commission's July 2005 enforcement action against three former i2 officers arising from an alleged scheme to overstate i2's revenues. Without admitting or denying the Commission's allegations, Beecher has consented to the entry of a final judgment enjoining him from violating or aiding and abetting violations of the antifraud, record-keeping, reporting, internal-controls and false-statements-to-auditors provisions of the federal securities laws. Beecher also has consented to an order barring him from serving as a public company officer or director for a period of five years, and to pay a civil penalty and disgorgement, with prejudgment interest. The settlement is subject to approval by United States District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater.
The Commission's Complaint alleges that, over the four years ended December 31, 2001 and the first three quarters of 2002, i2 misstated approximately $1 billion of software license revenue, including over $125 million of revenue it never should have recognized. The Complaint further alleges that Beecher participated and assisted others in a fraudulent revenue-recognition scheme by, among other things, signing i2's public filings containing the misstated financial statements and approving earnings releases and participating in public conference calls at which materially false and misleading financial information was provided. The Commission's complaint also alleges that Beecher profited by trading i2 securities on the basis of material nonpublic information.
The proposed Judgment to which Beecher has consented, without admitting or denying the Commission's allegations, enjoins him from violating or aiding and abetting violations of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Sections 10(b), 13(a), 13(b)(2)(A), 13(b)(2)(B) and 13(b)(5) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rules 10b-5, 12b-20, 13a-1, 13a-13, 13a-14, 13b2-1 and 13b2-2 thereunder. The proposed Judgment also prohibits Beecher from serving as an officer or director of a public company for five years, and orders him to pay disgorgement and prejudgment interest of $1,929,336 and a third-tier civil penalty of $250,000. The Commission intends ultimately to move the Court to establish a Fair Fund under Section 308 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2001, to hold the civil penalty, disgorgement and accrued interest, for ultimate distribution to injured i2 investors.
For further information about the Commission's action against the former i2 executives, see Litigation Releases Nos. 19306 (July 18, 2005) and 19624 (March 28, 2006), and Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Releases Nos. 2279 (July 18, 2005) and 2400 (March 28, 2006).