The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday a settlement with technology company EasyLink Services Corp. and its former chief financial officer for alleged accounting violations in 2000, when SEC Chairman William Donaldson was a company director and served on the audit committee.

Donaldson recused himself last summer under government ethics rules from the SEC’s investigation into EasyLink, where he was a director and member of the board’s audit panel for several years until he resigned in November 2002. The next month he was named SEC chairman by President Bush.