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Litigation Release No. 16696 / September 12, 2000

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION v. DEAN H. HARRIS, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Civil Action No. 1: 00-CV-2269

The Commission announced that on September 8, 2000, the Honorable Julie E. Carnes entered a final judgment of permanent injunction enjoining Dean H. Harris, a former registered representative with the Atlanta office of a broker-dealer, from future violations of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Rule 10b-5 thereunder.

The Commission's complaint alleged that from April 1995 through August 1997, Harris acted with others to cause the misappropriation and fraudulent transfer of over $13 million in funds and securities from State Mutual Insurance Company (State Mutual), of Rome, Georgia, through unauthorized securities transactions and unauthorized transfers of money. Harris received kickbacks of approximately $1.3 million for his role in these unauthorized securities transactions and unauthorized transfers of money. See Litigation Rel. No. 16672

This action is a continuation of the Commission's investigation concerning the misappropriation of funds and securities of State Mutual. The Commission has previously obtained a permanent injunction and other relief against Robert J. Strauss, State Mutual's vice president and portfolio manager. See Litigation Rel. No. 16378.