Infinex Investments (“Infinex”, CRD No. 35371) of Meriden, Connecticut has entered into a Consent Order with Massachusetts securities regulators, agreeing to pay a fine of $125,000 and make restition to investors to resolve allegations that it failed to adequately supervise agents who were selling high-commission securities products. Infinex registered representatives allegedly targeted customers at bank branches, primarily senior citizens, for unsuitable investment recommendations, including real estate investment trusts REITs and variable annuities, primarily to senior customers at local banks who didn’t understand the products.
Infinex is majority-owned by a group of nearly 40 banks that offer securities on bank premises and has selling agreements with approximately 30 banks in Massachusetts. Infinex also operates in other states and, according to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), is licensed to operate in 53 U.S. states and territories. Therefore, it is possible that sales of investments such as those that allegedly occurred in Massachusetts may have occurred in bank branches in other states.
The Massachusetts Securities Division reportedly began investigating sales practices by Infinex after senior citizens complained that they had been sold investments they did not ask for or did not understand. The Consent Order is accessible below.