Thanks to cross-country coordination efforts between two federal agencies, the first Silicon Valley lawyer to come under government scrutiny for stock options problems is getting one more reprieve before being indicted.

While it has been clear for nine months that Kent Roberts, the former general counsel of McAfee Inc., is in trouble, there’s been a string of delays in his case. The latest, said people with knowledge of the case, is because the Washington, D.C.-based SEC lawyers want to file civil charges at the same time — and they’re not ready yet.

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