Online fraud and the use of the Internet to perpetrate insider trading, market manipulations and other securities violations will be the focus of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society's first "Fireside Chat" for 2006.

No registration is required for the free, one-hour discussion, which will be broadcast online at www.sechistorical.org on March 28 at 3 p.m.


Chief of the SEC Office of Internet Enforcement John Reed Stark will discuss online fraud with law professor Theresa A. Gabaldon, the Carville Dickinson Benson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School.


Stark was appointed by the SEC to direct its Internet program in 1995. His office, part of the SEC's Division of Enforcement, investigates and prosecutes securities violations, specializing in those that involve technology.


Questions for the chat can be submitted online at the historical society's Web site through March 24. The society is a non profit organization, independent from the SEC. The online fraud talk, along with previous talks from 2004 and 2005, are archived in the society's virtual museum for on-demand listening.

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