Liberty Associates fined by FINRA

Liberty Associates fined.

In February, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Liberty Associates New York, NY submitted an acceptance, waiver and consent letter regarding its failure to effectively implement a reasonable supervisory system designed to achieve compliance with the securities laws. In agreeing to the AWC, the firm was fined $3,500.

FINRA’s allegations against Liberty Associates concerned a registered rep working out of its New Mexico office who was engaged in the sale of private placements.  FINRA’s allegations concerned the firm’s failure to conduct due diligence into the offerings, and the failure to determine whether the investors in the private placements were accredited investors.  FINRA also took issue with the firm’s failure to retain emails.

Registration and disciplinary history

In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, a firm must either be registered or exempt from registration.  Liberty Associates is a New York  corporation formed in 1984 and registered with FINRA, the SEC and in 1 state.

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Liberty Associates has been the subject of three regulatory investigations.

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