Securities and Exchange Commission accuses Goldman Sachs & Co. of civil fraud - The government is accusing Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs & Co. of defrauding investors in its disclosures regarding securities it sold tied to subprime mortgage securities as the housing market was faltering.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Friday civil fraud charges against Goldman Sachs & Co. and one of its vice presidents.

The agency alleges that the company marketed complex subprime mortgage securities also failed to unveil to investors that a major hedge fund had bet against the securities.

Goldman Sachs shares fell 7.4 %.

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