SEC Files Complaint for Securities Fraud Against Former IndyMac Bank CFO

On February 11, 2011, the SEC filed a complaint in the Central District of California against IndyMac’s former Chief Financial Officer, S. Blair Abernathy, alleging violations of Sections 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Securities Act in connection with six IndyMac RMBS offerings in 2007 and several other public securities filings in 2008 on behalf of IndyMac Bancorp, Inc. The complaint alleges that, in 2007, Abernathy received monthly reports indicating that 12%-18% of IndyMac Bank’s loans contained misrepresentations, but that he failed to take reasonable steps to ensure that IndyMac’s RMBS offering documents included adequate disclosures in light of that information. It also alleges that Abernathy was negligent in failing to adequately disclose to investors the deteriorating financial condition of IndyMac Bancorp once he became its CFO in 2008. Complaint.