SEC Investigates Two Firms for Failure to Disclose or Obtain Permission for Principal Transactions

by InvestorLawyers on December 10, 2013

in Arbitration,FINRA,SEC,Securities Fraud,Texas,Unauthorized Trading

Securities fraud attorneys are currently investigating claims on behalf of investors who have suffered significant losses because their broker, adviser or firm did not notify or obtain their permission before executing trades on their account. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Parallax Investments LLC and Tri-Star Advisors allegedly executed thousands of transactions through their affiliated broker-dealer without disclosing their actions to clients.

SEC Investigates Two Firms for Failure to Disclose or Obtain Permission for Principal Transactions

According to stock fraud lawyers, principal transactions usually involve an investment adviser who uses affiliate brokerage firms to act on behalf of its account. However, conflicts of interest frequently arise between adviser and client. Therefore, securities fraud attorneys say that advisers must disclose any monetary interest or conflicted role in written form when advising the client and obtaining permission.

Parallax Investments LLC, Tri-Star Advisors and three executives — John P. Bott II, Jon C. Vaughan and William T. Payne — all based in Houston, Texas, face securities charges regarding the unauthorized transactions. According to the SEC’s orders of administrative proceedings, Bott made at least 2,000 principal transactions without disclosing or receiving permission from clients from 2009 to 2011. Furthermore, for each transaction, the broker-dealer affiliate bought mortgage-backed bonds with its inventory account and placed them in the client accounts. Bott gained almost half the $1.9 million in sales credits the firm received on the transactions. Vaughan and Payne executed similar trades and received similar benefits.

According to Marshall S. Sprung, the SEC Enforcement Division’s Asset Management Unit co-chief, clients were prevented by the firms from knowing that “running the trades through an affiliated account” could benefit their advisers.

If your broker or adviser executed principal transactions without disclosing their actions or obtaining your permission, you may be able to recover your losses through Financial Industry Regulatory Authority securities arbitration. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact a stock fraud lawyer at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 or newcases@investorlawyers.net for a no-cost, confidential consultation.

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