Private Placement Fraud: Over $3.2 Million Awarded in Restitution to Investors

by Wall Street Fraud on December 14, 2011

securities fraud attorneyThe Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has sanctioned eight firms and 10 individuals, and ordered restitution totaling more than $3.2 million, for selling interests in private placement offerings without having a reasonable basis for recommending the securities. The securities ultimately failed, causing significant investor losses.

According to FINRA, the firms and individuals sold interests in several high-risk private placements, including those issued by Provident Royalties, LLC, Medical Capital Holdings, Inc. and DBSI, Inc. Back in April, FINRA sanctioned two firms and seven individuals in April 2011 for selling interests in private placements without conducting a reasonable investigation.

In the latest round of enforcement actions, FINRA found that the broker-dealers did not have adequate supervisory systems in place to identify and understand the inherent risks of these offerings and, as a result, many of the firms failed to conduct adequate due diligence of these offerings. In addition, some of the firms did not have reasonable grounds to believe that the private placements were suitable for any of their customers. Additionally, the sanctioned principals did not have reasonable grounds to allow the firms' registered representatives to continue selling the offerings, despite the numerous "red flags" that existed regarding the private placements.

FINRA imposed sanctions against the following firms and individuals for failing to conduct a reasonable investigation or for failing to enforce procedures with respect to the sale of private placements offered by Provident Royalties, LLC, Medical Capital Holdings, Inc. or DBSI, Inc.:

  • NEXT Financial Group, Inc. of Houston, TX, was ordered to pay $2 million in restitution to affected customers and fined $50,000; Steven Lynn Nelson, the firm's Vice President for Investment Products and Services, was suspended in any principal capacity for six months and fined $10,000 in connection with the sale of three Provident Royalties private placements.
  • Investors Capital Corporation of Lynnfield, MA, was ordered to pay roughly $400,000 in restitution to affected customers in connection with the sale of two Provident Royalties private placements and was also sanctioned in connection with an additional offering issued by CIP Leveraged Fund Advisors.
  • Garden State Securities, Inc. of Red Bank, NJ, and Kevin John DeRosa, a co-owner of the firm, were ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution on a joint-and-several basis to affected customers in connection with the sale of a Medical Capital private placement. DeRosa was also suspended for 20 business days in any capacity and for an additional two months in any principal capacity, and fined $25,000. Vincent Michael Bruno, the firm's Chief Compliance Officer at the time, was suspended for one month in a principal capacity and fined $10,000.
  • Capital Financial Services of Minot, ND, was ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution to affected customers, and Brian W. Boppre, a former principal, was suspended in any principal capacity for six months and fined $10,000 in connection with the sale of three Provident Royalties private placements and a Medical Capital private placement.
  • National Securities Corporation of Seattle, WA, was ordered to pay $175,000 in restitution to affected customers, and Matthew G. Portes, Director of Alternative Investments/Director of Syndications, was suspended in any principal capacity for six months and fined $10,000 in connection with the sale of three Provident Royalties private placements and a Medical Capital private placement.
  • Equity Services, Inc. of Montpelier, VT, was censured, fined $50,000 and ordered to pay nearly $164,000 in restitution in connection with the sale of a private placement DBSI, Inc. issued; Stephen Anthony Englese, Senior Vice President for Securities Operations, was suspended from association with any FINRA-regulated firm in any capacity for 30 business days and fined $10,000; and Anthony Paul Campagna, a registered representative, was suspended from association with any FINRA-regulated firm in any capacity for 30 business days and fined $25,000.
  • Securities America, Inc. of La Vista, NE, was censured and fined $250,000 in connection with the sale of two Provident Royalties private placements.
  • Newbridge Securities Corporation of Fort Lauderdale, FL, was fined $25,000; Robin Fran Bush, the former Chief Compliance Officer of Newbridge, was suspended in any principal capacity for six months and fined $15,000 in connection with the sale of four DBSI private placements and a Medical Capital private placement.
  • Leroy H. Paris II, former President and Chief Executive Officer for the now-defunct Meadowbrook Securities, LLC (fka Investlinc Securities, LLC), of Jackson, MS, was suspended for six months in any principal capacity and fined $10,000 in connection with the sale of two Provident Royalties private placements and a Medical Capital private placement.
  • Michael D. Shaw, formerly associated with VSR Financial Services, Inc. of Baton Rouge, LA, was barred from the industry in connection with the sale of a private placement offered by DBSI, Inc. and several additional private placements offered by other issuers. In addition, Shaw falsified customer account documents.

If you have been sold high-risk private placements, we may be able to help you recover your losses. Contact us today at 215-839-3953 for a free consultation.

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