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Litigation Release No. 22023 / July 1, 2011

Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Release No. 3298 / July 1, 2011

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Fernando J. Espuelas et al., Civil Action No. 06 CV 2435 (RJH) (S.D.N.Y. filed Mar. 29, 2006)


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that on June 30, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a settled final judgment as to Fernando J. Espuelas, a co-founder of StarMedia Network, Inc. and the company's former Chief Executive Officer. StarMedia is a now-defunct Internet portal that was based in New York City. The Commission's amended complaint alleges that for fiscal year 2000 and the first two quarters of fiscal year 2001, StarMedia's books and records, and its filings with the Commission, misstated the quality and amount of the company's revenue. The amended complaint also alleges that StarMedia executives made misstatements regarding the company's revenue to certain entities from which it was attempting to obtain financing. In its amended complaint, the Commission alleged violations of the federal securities laws by eight former StarMedia executives.

Without admitting or denying the allegations in the amended complaint, Espuelas consented to the entry of the Final Judgment permanently enjoining him from future violations of Sections 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 13b2-1 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act), and from aiding and abetting violations of Sections 13(a) and 13(b)(2)(A) of the Exchange Act and Exchange Act Rules 12b-20 and 13a-1, and ordering him to pay a civil penalty in the amount of $40,000.

Espuelas is the fourth defendant to settle with the Commission. See Litigation Releases No. 21880 (Mar. 9, 2011); No.19627 (Mar. 29, 2006); No. 19839 (Sept. 20, 2006).



Modified: 07/01/2011