OKLAHOMA CITY--The Oklahoma Department of Securities is suing 20 people, including convicted bank swindler Charles J. Bazarian, and six businesses to recover at least $2 million in illegal profits from an alleged scheme to manipulate the stock prices of two companies.

The suit, filed in Oklahoma state court, alleged that Mr. Bazarian, the subject of a Federal Bureau of Investigation manhunt, had sought to inflate the stock prices of Performance Nutrition Inc., a Dallas maker of health foods, and Remington Financial Group Inc., an Oklahoma City financial consulting firm.

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