A shareholder at Jefferson Savings Bancorp has filed a class action against six officers and directors of the Ballwin, Mo., thrift, claiming that they falsely pumped up Jefferson's stock price while selling off shares themselves.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Richard P. Paletta of the Paletta Law Firm in St. Louis, also names Prudential Securities Inc. and a broker, James S. Hofman, who worked as Jefferson's adviser. It seeks unspecified damages for the lead plaintiff, investor Dean West, and other parties who bought Jefferson shares between Jan. 1, 1998, and April 14, 1999.

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