Sandra Harris, who co-headed the Securities and Exchange Commission's Pacific Regional Office for more than 10 years, said that she will leave the regulator for a post in the private sector, though she has yet to announce the specifics of the new job.

The commission's Pacific office oversees California and eight other western states. Harris started at the commission in 1987 as a staff attorney, and joined the Pacific office in 1994. She spearheaded a number of high-profile cases, including actions against Gemstar-TV Guide, Homestore Inc. and Big Four firm KPMG. She also led several cases against late mutual fund trading and market timing, as well as a number of efforts to halt fake investment schemes targeting the elderly.

"During nearly two decades of service to the commission, Sandy has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to protecting the rights of investors," said Linda Thomsen, the SEC's enforcement director, in a statement.

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