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FINRA takes new enforcement action against Charles Acheson Laverty

Laverty was named a respondent in a FINRA complaint alleging that that during consecutive associations with several member firms, he borrowed $1,350,000 from an elderly married couple in violation of each firm’s policies. The complaint alleges that three of the firms prohibited their representatives from borrowing money from their customers. Although a firm permitted loans […]

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FINRA Sanctions Fifth Third Securities, Inc., $6 Million

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today it has fined Fifth Third Securities, Inc., $4 million and required the firm to pay approximately $2 million in restitution to customers for failing to appropriately consider and accurately describe the costs and benefits of variable annuity (VA) exchanges, and for recommending exchanges without a reasonable basis […]

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Clifton Stanley Ponzi scheme charges brought by SEC

On April 6, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged two Texas companies and their principals in a $2.4 million Ponzi scheme and in a related, $1.4 million offering fraud targeting retirees. The SEC’s complaint alleges that, from 2010 to 2017, Clifton E. Stanley ran a Ponzi scheme through his retirement planning and real estate […]

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Wells Fargo under investigation by DOJ and SEC

With Wells Fargo’s credit card and savings divisions already disciplined by the Federal Reserve over a fake account scandal during which the bank opened bogus accounts on behalf of its customers, federal officials have begun an investigation into Wells Fargo Wealth Management to determine whether Wells Fargo’s investment wing inappropriately sold clients in-house investments using […]

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SEC freezes Longfin (LFIN)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission obtained an emergency freeze of $27 million in trading profits involving the CEO of cryptocurrency company Longfin and three other people, the agency said in a statement Friday. Longfin’s stock was halted on the Nasdaq as of 10:01 a.m. ET on the SEC alert after jumping more than 47 […]

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