FINRA Holding Brokerages To Its Own New Slightly-Less-Low Standards

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Wall Street’s self-regulator has reluctantly agreed to start, you know, looking at all of the shady shit brokers do, and maybe even act on that information now that it can't just delete it anymore. And if it has to do it, well, Oppenheimer & Co. and everyone else had damned well do it, too, or else.

Wall Street’s self-regulator ordered Oppenheimer & Co. to pay $3.75 million for allegedly failing to properly supervise a broker who the regulator says defrauded dozens of clients and who also duped the producers of a Broadway musical….

According to the regulator, Oppenheimer failed to adequately supervise Mr. Hotton’s trading despite the fact Oppenheimer’s surveillance analysts detected he was making unnecessary trades, a practice known as churning, in dozens of customer accounts. Oppenheimer also didn’t adequately investigate Mr. Hotton’s background before hiring him in late 2005, and neglected to tighten supervision of him after learning that his business partners had sued him for allegedly defrauding them, Finra said.

Oppenheimer Ordered to Pay $3.75 Million in Broker Fraud Case [WSJ]

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