01/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Daniel S. Laikin, National Lampoon Chief, Charged With Conspiracy, Securities Fraud

The chief executive of National Lampoon, Daniel S. Laikin, was charged on Monday with conspiracy and securities fraud in what prosecutors said was an attempt to raise the value of the company's stock artificially.

The National Lampoon, a media company in Los Angeles with projects in feature films, television programming and interactive entertainment, owns interest in the movies "Animal House" and the "Vacation" series.

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