Media measurement company Comscore witnessed another stock decline over recent days after it was disclosed the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Serge Matta, the company’s former CEO, in a fraudulent scheme to overstate revenue by $50 million.
The SEC says Matta did this by making false and misleading statements about the company's performance during February 2014 and February 2015.
The company and Matta entered a settlement with the SEC without admitting wrongdoing.
Comscore stock was down 8% on Wednesday to $2.06 -- off 15% since the beginning of the week, and down 86% since the beginning of the year.
Comscore and Matta have agreed to settle charges with penalties of $5 million and $700,000 respectively. Matta is also reimbursing Comscore the sum of $2.1 million.
For all of 2018, Comscore’s revenue was up 3.9% to $419.5 million.
Two years ago, Comscore said it rectified concerns over accounting practices around revenue recognition, restating a few years of financial statements.
Comscore explored a sale last year with no takers, according to reports. In March, two senior executives — CEO Bryan Wiener and President Sarah Hofstetter — departed.