MetLife Securities and three affiliates – New England Securities Corp., Walnut Street Securities, and Tower Square Securities – are facing a fine of $1.2 million by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for failing to properly monitor and review their brokers’ email correspondence with the public. One of those brokers is Mark Salyer, who stole nearly $6 million from his customers through private securities transactions he initiated to raise capital for various real estate development companies.
In January 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) barred Mark Salyer from associating with any broker, dealer or investment adviser.
The $1.2 million fine also resolves allegations that MetLife supervisors failed to properly monitor brokers’ participation in outside business activities and private securities transactions.
According to FINRA, the failures allowed Salyer and another MetLife Securities broker to engage in undisclosed outside business activities and private securities transactions while working at MetLife Securities. Eventually, those failures cost MetLife Securities customers millions of dollars.
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