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Big Bond for Reyes

2:00 PM -- Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) ex-CEO Greg Reyes was slapped last night with $2 million bail, a sum which, according to media reports, Reyes's lawyers describe as a government publicity stunt.

Publicity stunt or not, setting bail at $2 million underlines the feds' desire to come down hard on alleged stock shenanigans. And Reyes is already setting an example: Last month, he became the nation's first executive to be officially charged with stock options fraud. (See Reyes Charged With Fraud, Brocade: We're Clean, and Wit & Wisdom of Greg Reyes.)

With at least 80 other companies under investigation, prosecutors are clearly sending a message that they are only too happy to play hardball. (See Vendor Options Draw SEC Scrutiny.)

The $2 million seems somewhat less harsh when you consider the sort of lucre Reyes enjoyed at Brocade, prior to being sent packing in January 2005. (See Brocade Switches CEOs, Restates , Ex-CEOs Cash In, and 2005 Top Ten: Executive Payouts.) In 2004 alone, Reyes enjoyed a $344,825 bonus on top of his $500,000 salary. (See 2004 Top Ten: CEO Payouts.)

It now looks as if hotshot lawyers could be taking a sizable chunk of that money, as we get set for what looks like being another engrossing courtroom drama.

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