Judge OKs SEC Settlement with Koss Corp., Officials

Jack Humphrey, Regulatory journalist
March 09, 2012 /

Honorable Rudolph T. Randa, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, approved the settlement of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Complaint against Koss Corporation, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Michael J. Koss, its CEO and former CFO.

The case is based on Koss Corporation’s alleged preparation of materially inaccurate financial statements, book and records, and lack of adequate internal controls from fiscal years 2005 through 2009. The S.E.C. responded to a letter dated December 20, 2011, in which the District Judge Randa requested that the S.E.C. address concerns about the proposed settlement.

Based on the S.E.C.’s response, District Judge Randa stated the Court was “satisfied that the injunctions are sufficiently specific… [and] that the proposed final judgments are fair, reasonable, adequate, and in the public interest.”

The verdict orders Michael Koss to reimburse Koss $242,419 in cash and 160,000 of options. This bonus reimbursement, together with his previous voluntary reimbursement of $208,895 in bonuses to Koss Corporation represents his entire fiscal year 2008, 2009 and 2010 incentive bonuses.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Koss Corporation and Michael J. Koss cooperated in determining to accept their settlement.


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