Did Merrion Securities Cause You Investment Losses?
Merrion Securities, LLC of Westfield, New Jersey submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to FINRA for allegedly failing to properly establish an escrow account for investor funds. Between 2009 and 2010, Merrion Securities was the private placement agent for a contingent private placement offering of securities in Vir2us, Inc. The memorandum for the private offering stated that the offering needed to raise a minimum of $2 million and until that $2 million was met, investors funds would be held in an escrow account. However, FINRA found that instead of putting investors funds in an escrow account, Merrion Securities deposited investor funds into Vir2us’ bank account and then later into an attorney trust account that wasn’t under Merrion’s control. FINRA alleged that for failing to properly deposit investor funds, Merrion violated Section 15(c)(2) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, Rule 15c2-4, and FINRA Rule 2010. Additionally, FINRA found that Merrion altered the contingency of the private offering when the minimum $2 million investment was not met. FINRA alleged that Merrion lowered and thereby altered the contingency minimum investment total to $1 million. When the terms of the contingency were altered, Merrion was required to terminate the offering and return investor’s funds. FINRA found that Merrion failed to terminate the private offering and willfully violated Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, SEC Rule 10b-9 and FINRA Rule 2010. For the alleged violations, Merrion Securities was censured and fined $15,000.
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