The most prominent is Nimal Perera, formerly at the Vallibel Group of companies and now an independent investor, who was found guilty on two occasions for market and price manipulation.
With regard to creating a false market or misleading appearance of active trading in the shares of Regnis Lanka PLC during the September to October 13, 11 years ago in 2011 and in the shares of ASCOT Holdings PLC during September 5 to September 12, 2011 the SEC filed action against Mr. Perera on September 2. Upon a request to compound by Mr. Perera, after paying Rs. 3.3 million each, totalling Rs. 6.6 million, as penalty to the compensation fund of the SEC without an admission of liability, the Commission decided to compound this offence. The offence is under the SEC Rule 12 and is provided for under Section 51 A.
Pertaining to market and price manipulation, a warning was issued to Buddhika Payou on August 17.
A. S. Hendavitharana, Dr. N. A. Senadeera, P.H.K. Boteju, I. P. A. Piyatissa, W. M. N. P. Rathnayaka, A.J.M.Y.B. Serasinghe, K.A.D.A. Meththasena, H.J.M.D.N. Bandara and W.R. Dharmasena were issued letters of warning by SEC on January 11, for their involvement in contributing to the creation of an appearance of a false market by purchasing one share each in the shares of Browns Investments PLC during the period December 1, 2020 to January 15, 2021.
Three individuals – K. Boralessa, A. Medonza and J. M. Alles were also taken to task by the regulator for failure to make immediate disclosure of material information relating to the financial crisis faced by Magpek Exports Ltd.
K. Keithiswaran was found guilty of submission of audited financial statements under false signatures in the Annual Reports of Singalanka Standard Chemicals PLC and the offence was compounded upon him admitting guilt.
The names of certain personnel against whom enforcement action was taken in the past on certain offences were removed under the retention policy for publications, the SEC said on the website.
This has been among the most successful efforts by the capital market regulator over the past 15 years in bringing culprits to justice. The SEC has been slow in its probes against stock market manipulators who were hogging the market during the Mahinda Rajapaksa era.