Texas-based oil company Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation as well as two former senior officers and two consultants will pay $290,000 collectively to settle charges of deficient evaluation of, and failure to maintain control over, Magnum Hunter’s internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) between December 2011 and September 2013. ICFR refers to a company’s process for providing reasonable assurance to the public regarding the reliability of its financial reporting. SEC rules require company management to evaluate and annually report on the effectiveness of ICFR, including disclosing any identified material weaknesses that create a reasonable possibility that the company will not timely prevent or detect a material misstatement of its financial statements. According to the SEC’s orders, Magnum Hunter enjoyed rapid growth in 2010 and significant acquisitions in 2010 and 2011 which strained its accounting resources. Despite assessments that there was inadequate control over the financial reporting process, a material weakness was not reported. SEC
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