federal Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a complaint
in U.S. District Court against three officers of Professional Transportation
Group, a trucking company that was based in Marietta, GA.
Court complaints have been filed in the Northern District of Georgia against Dennis A. Bakal, the company’s CEO, Susan P. Dial, who served as CFO, and William S. Cole, who was Professional Transportation’s controller. All are residents of the Atlanta area.
a statement and court filings, the commission contends that Bakal
and Dial inflated the company's net income by recording sales that
never happened. That led, according to the SEC, to Professional
Transportation recording a net profit of $402,000 instead of its
real financial results, a loss of $1.7 million, for the nine months
that ended Sept. 30, 1999.
In addition, the SEC alleged that all three officers took part in inflating the company's net income by recording sales and receivables actually earned by another trucking firm, which was controlled, the agency said, by Professional Transportation's majority shareholder.
attorney for Dial, contacted by The Atlanta Business Chronicle,
disputed the allegations.
Dial was essentially a staff accountant who was ordered to be CFO,"
the attorney, Walter Jospin of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
LLP, told the business publication. "She was never compensated
like a CFO of a public company – she received a very modest salary
and made no money from the company's stock."
attorney, Pat Huddleston, told the publication he is cooperating
with the SEC.
complaint, which was filed Sept. 26, asks the court to order the
defendants to repay any money received as a result of the actions
they are accused of, as well as civil penalties.