Jennifer Therese Purpero
Jennifer Purpero, of the SEC’s FCPA unit, is based in Los Angeles. She has been on the agency’s payroll since 2010, according to public records.
Purpero received her undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University and her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.
Previously, Purpero worked as a certified public accountant at KPMG, and as an associate at O'Melveny & Myers.
Purpero’s work at the SEC has not been limited to the FCPA. She assisted with an investigation into false accounting at IEC Electronics Corp, a New York-based electronics company. In June, the SEC barred IEC’s former corporate vice president from serving as an officer or director for a public company for five years, and permanently suspended the business’s former controller from practising as an accountant before the SEC.
She was also involved in the SEC’s case against the masterminds of an US$11 million ponzi scheme in Florida. In 2011, the SEC charged Jerry Aubrey, his brother and two employees with embezzling funds invested in Progressive Energy Partners, which the commission said was used to solicit investors by promising annual returns of greater than 50%.