Bankrate to pay $15 million to settle SEC fraud charges

To match Special Report SEC/INVESTIGATIONS Bankrate Inc (RATE.N) agreed to pay $15 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that it engaged in accounting fraud to ensure that its financial results met analyst expectations.

The SEC also sued former Chief Financial Officer Edward DiMaria and former director of accounting Matthew Gamsey, and reached a $180,045 settlement with former vice president of finance Hyunjin Lerner.

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