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LPL growth causes legal and compliance headaches

In February, the country’s largest independent broker-dealer, with more than 13,000 contractor representatives and advisers, was ordered by Massachusetts to pay up to $2 million in restitution to clients and a fine of $500,000. Ameriprise Financial Inc. and LPL Financial are the two largest sellers of nontraded REITs, accounting for about 20% of the annual […]

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Boston pair charged in Ponzi scheme case

A Boston couple has been charged in connection with what prosecutors are calling a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme in which they used investors’ money to fund a lavish lifestyle.  Steven Palladino is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on multiple counts, including larceny and loan sharking.  Palladino and his wife, Lori, were indicted last week. She […]

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SEC halts plasma engine investment scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an enforcement action previously filed under seal in federal court in Las Vegas. The SEC has obtained an emergency order to halt an investment scheme that has defrauded at least 98 people nationwide out of at least $1.4 million since 2009. The SEC’s complaint alleges that Nevada resident […]

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Charges brought against Connecticut based hedge fund managers

On February 26, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil injunctive action in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut against Connecticut-based hedge fund managers David Bryson and Bart Gutekunst (“Gutekunst”) and their advisory firm, New Stream Capital, LLC, (“New Stream”) for lying to investors about the capital structure and […]

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Former Mercury Interactive CEO and CFO settle suit

The Securities and Exchange Commission today settled civil fraud charges against Amnon Landan, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mercury Interactive, LLC (Mercury), and Douglas Smith, a former Chief Financial Officer of Mercury, arising from an alleged scheme to backdate stock option grants and from other alleged misconduct. On May 31, 2007, the […]

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