Separately, sources say Goldman is trying to settle with the SEC on a charge other than fraud,...

|By:, SA News Editor

Separately, sources say Goldman is trying to settle with the SEC on a charge other than fraud, and a fine of hundreds of millions of dollars. Regulatory experts say a lesser charge would reduce Goldman's risk of being sued by investors, and help the bank avoid the stigma of a fraud charge, but that it's unclear whether the SEC would agree to downgrade such a high-profile case.