Tennessee-based animal feed company AgFeed Industries, currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, agreed to pay back $18 million in illicit profits from an accounting fraud that resulted in an SEC enforcement action earlier this year. In March, the SEC charged AgFeed charged along with top company executives for repeatedly reporting fake revenues from the company’s China operations in order to meet financial targets and prop up AgFeed’s stock price. The company obtained illicit gains in stock offerings to investors at the inflated prices resulting from the accounting scheme. The $18 million to be paid by AgFeed will be distributed to victims of the company’s fraud. SEC
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