CV Brokerage Inc. Censured and Fined for Misconduct

CV Brokerage in Williamstown, New Jersey submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which the firm was censured and fined $100,000 for allegedly failing to establish and maintain a supervisory system, and written supervisory procedures (WSPs) reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable FINRA rules regarding the participation of Firm-registered representatives in private securities transactions in violation of FINRA Rules 3110(a) and (b), 3280, and 2010. According to the FINRA findings, a General Securities Principal with CV Brokerage, engaged in outside business activities and unapproved private securities transactions (PSTs). The FINRA findings stated that the representative formed an investment fund away from CV Brokerage and received substantial compensation from the transactions between multiple financial institutions and exchanges. During the same period, the WSPs permitted the representative to supervise her own compliance with the PSTs.  CV Brokerage could have hired other principals to review or disapprove her participation in the PSTs but failed to do so.  In addition, CV Brokerage allegedly failed to supervise the representatives participation in the PSTs, failed to supervise the securities trading conducted by the investment fund as if it was executed by the firm and failed to record the securities transactions for the fund on the Firm’s books and records.

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