CHICAGO — Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. denies any wrongdoing and attacks as overtly biased Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander’s petition alleging securities fraud in its role as underwriter of Moberly, Mo.’s $39 million of defaulted bonds.

Morgan Keegan seeks the dismissal of administrative procedures launched by the Secretary of State’s office in pursuit of $6.5 million in restitution for Missouri holders of the bonds issued to finance a failed artificial sweetener plant. If denied, it seeks a hearing on the charges.

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