April 18, 2013 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The CEO of Chicago-based investment advisory firm Simran Capital Management is accused of lying to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and other current and potential clients.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Umesh Tandon with lying about the amount of money managed by the firm.
The agency explained that institutional investors such as CalPERS often use assets under management (AUM) as a metric to screen prospective investment advisers soliciting their business. An SEC investigation revealed that while pitching Simran's services, Umesh Tandon falsely certified to CalPERS that his firm satisfied its minimum AUM requirements.
After fraudulently obtaining the business from CalPERS, Tandon also falsely inflated Simran's AUM in communications with other potential clients with whom he touted his firm's relationship with CalPERS. Tandon also fraudulently reported an inflated AUM in filings with the SEC, and he later attempted to mislead SEC examiners during a routine examination of Simran. "Tandon deliberately undermined the CalPERS screening process by grossly misrepresenting his firm's purported assets under management," said Merri Jo Gillette, director of the SEC's Chicago Regional Office. "To make matters worse, he then used his association with CalPERS to lure other public institutional investors under false pretenses."