A FINRA hearing panel has expelled Red River Securities, LLC and barred its CEO, Brian Keith Hardwick, for fraudulent sales in five oil and gas offerings. They have also been ordered to pay $24.6 million in restitution to investors. According to FINRA, over the course of four years, Red River Securities and Brian Hardwick made misrepresentations and omissions in connection with the sales of interests in oil and gas joint ventures issued by Regal Energy, LLC, a close affiliate of Red River Securities.
FINRA found that Red River Securities and Brian Hardwick fraudulently misrepresented and omitted facts relating to the risky offerings. For example, they allegedly misrepresented the amount of income distributed to investors, failed to disclose material facts regarding the risk involved, and omitted information about the fees involved. The FINRA panel referred to this aforementioned misconduct as egregious and noted the “extent of the respondents’ monetary gain,” in which investors received total distributions less than $50,000 from the more than $25 million they invested in the offerings. Continue reading →