National Lampoon, Incorporated is a company formed in 2002 in order to use the brand name National Lampoon in comedy and entertainment. In the words of its prospectus, the role of the company is to develop, produce, provide creative services and distribute National Lampoon branded comedic content through a broad range of media platforms. Since its start in 2002, the company overhauled its corporate infrastructure several times. The National Lampoon World Headquarters is located in West Hollywood, California. The CEO of the company was originally Dan Laikin, who was prosecuted in 2008 for illegal stock manipulation. After Laikin resigned, Tim Durham took over, but in 2009 Durham was investigated and charged with operating a Ponzi scheme. In December 2008, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia filed charges against Dan Laikin, the former CEO of National Lampoon Incorporated, with accusations that he and two third-party stock promoters attempted to artificially inflate the company's stock price. Prosecutors say the company manipulated prices by paying kickbacks to said stock promotors to buy and hold stock, an activity which created the illusion of market interest. Prosecutors
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