We suspect that when Harry Markopolis called FINRA "corrupt," he at least seems to have hit the nail on the head:
Two employees of Allen Stanford's financial business, which U.S. regulators have accused of massive fraud, held advisory roles at a watchdog group overseeing U.S. broker-dealers aimed at preventing abuses.
Lena Stinson, director of global compliance at Stanford Financial Group, is listed as serving on the membership committee of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, which describes itself as the largest independent regulator of U.S. securities firms.
Frederick Fram, the chief operating officer of Stanford Group Holdings, serves on the FINRA continuing education content committee, "where he participates in creating material for the Regulatory Element continuing education program," according to a biography on Stanford's website.
Entertaining. Of course, don't forget:
On Tuesday, FINRA named Richard Ketchum as its chief executive officer. He replaces Mary Schapiro, who resigned after she was confirmed as chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.