The SEC charged four former SMF Energy Corp. officers with financial fraud by vastly inflating SMF Energy’s revenues through a fraudulent billing scheme. The SEC alleges that SMF Energy overbilled certain mobile fueling customers, including the U.S. Postal Service, by charging for fuel that was not delivered and adding surcharges that the customers’ contracts did not permit. As a result, the SEC alleges that SMF Energy materially overstated its revenues, profit margins, shareholders’ equity and net income. According to the SEC’s complaint, the overbilling began in 2004 as a minor contributor to SMF Energy’s financial performance but later made the difference between the company being profitable and posting net losses. SEC
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