The SEC and the small fish versus the big fish

Joe Nocera's New York Times Column Saturday reviled a real S.E.C. horror show. Seems like they like to go after the small fish and ignore the more obvious fraud and violations. The S.E.C. is an independent agency, so one must wonder if policies of going after the vulnerable and ignoring the guilty have changed.

The Boston office of the Securities and Exchange Commission began the investigation around 2001. Three years later, formal charges were brought against Mr. Kwak and seven others. By the time the case went to trial, in 2007, only three defendants were left; the others had settled with the S.E.C.