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This week former Tyco CFO Mark Swartz and former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski were both sentenced in the Tyco Fraud case This past Monday Sept 19 Judge Obus handed down the sentences of 8 to 25 years in jail for both in a crowded New York courtroom They also were fined 134 million returned to Tyco Swartz 35 million Kozlowski was fined 70 million The total amount of fines between the two of them came to 239 million The whole investigation began in January 2002 when a bank source tipped off the SEC Securities and Exchange Commission SEC is a government agency responsible for enforcing regulation on publicly traded companies The SEC found over 134 million dollars that Swartz and Kozlowski reportedly used for their own personal use including throwing a 2 million birthday party for Kozlowskis wife Other former corporate executives of other big businesses have been recently indicted including Bernie Ebbers who got 25 years for his role in the collapse of WorldCom Adelphia founder and ex-CEO John Rigas received a sentence of 15 years The government has been intervening in business a lot recently Between the WorldCom case Enron and recently Tyco the SEC has been working overtime Without the governments intervention these scams could still be going on and these corporate executives could have gotten away with more money
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