Frank Capuano suspended by FINRA
In May, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Frank Capuano of West Springfield, MA, formerly with Royal Alliance Associates, of Holyoke, MA was suspended from association with any FINRA member for twelve months and fined $10,000 as a result of his participation in a private offering of “note” securities of the Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund. FINRA’s investigation centered on Capuano’s role in Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund’s sale of securities. According to the findings, Capuano sold over $1,000,000 of the private notes to Royal Alliance customers and received over $30,000 in commissions. Capuano did not seek or obtain permission from Royal Alliance prior to offering the Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund notes to his customers., which is a violation of FINRA rules.
Registration and disciplinary history
In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, a registered rep must either be registered or exempt from registration. Frank Capuano was registered with Royal Alliance from November, 1989 through July, 2015.
According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Frank Capuano has been the subject of one regulatory investigation.
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