On February 1, 2015 Douglas “Dutch” Melzer agreed to a permanent bar from the securities industry as a result of findings that he engaged in private securities transactions away from his brokerage firm, Wells Fargo Advisors
According to filings with FINRA Dutch Melzer introduced clients to a company called Aquatic Synthesis Unlimited, a company that his wife was affiliated with. Melzer received $27,000 as a result of these client transactions.
In August, 2013, after several spills the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection revoked Aquatic Synthesis Unlimted’s permit, and levied on the company’s $1 million bond to use for cleaning up the spill site. According to news reports, the site contains 1 million gallons of shale wastewater and tons of contaminated soil.
Dutch Melzer had been securities licensed since 2008 with Wells Fargo Advisors, and was briefly affiliated with Park Avenue Securities from 2013-2015.
Dutch Melzer’s registration and disciplinary history
Dutch Melzer was registered with the following firms
According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Dutch Melzer has been the subject of three customer complaints and one regulatory investigations.
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