FINRA Ousts Firm and President for Fraud
As set out in this recent FINRA Press Release, a FINRA hearing officer expelled a member firm (Pinnacle Partners Financial) and its President. The decision stated that Pinnacle operated a “boiler room” that placed thousands of cold calls per week soliciting investments in oil and gas drilling joint ventures. Furthermore, the decision found the investments to be “fraudulent,” and determined that the monies raised were misused to pay back previous offerings and to pay personal expenses. In addition to the expulsion from FINRA, the firm was ordered to offer full rescission to its customers.