Enforcement Actions
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
CASES OF NOTE
2011
NOTE: Stipulations of Fact and Consent to Penalty (SFC); Offers of Settlement (OS); and Letters of Acceptance Waiver, and Consent (AWC) are entered into by Respondents without admitting or denying the allegations, but consent is given to the described sanctions & to the entry of findings. Additionally, for AWCs, if FINRA has reason to believe a violation has occurred and the member or associated person does not dispute the violation, FINRA may prepare and request that the member or associated person execute a letter accepting a finding of violation, consenting to the imposition of sanctions, and agreeing to waive such member's or associated person's right to a hearing before a hearing panel, and any right of appeal to the National Adjudicatory Council, the SEC, and the courts, or to otherwise challenge the validity of the letter, if the letter is accepted. The letter shall describe the act or practice engaged in or omitted, the rule, regulation, or statutory provision violated, and the sanction or sanctions to be imposed.
April 2011
Anthony Edward Guaimano (Principal0
AWC/2008012444205/April 2011

Guaimano engaged in pre-arranged trading of CMO bonds in a proprietary trading account of his member firm. Guaimano effected CMO bond trades, consisting of paired purchases and sales, in the firmís proprietary trading account with a registered principal and trader as the contra-party. Each pair of matched transactions was pre-arranged and directed by the registered principal. The registered principal and Guaimano traded the bonds at prices consistent with the current market for the securities; simultaneously, the registered principal agreed to repurchase them from Guaimano, at a specified time, at an agreed-upon price that usually provided Guaimanoís firm with a profit. Guaimano participated in pre-arranged transactions in which he did not take a profit, but as a result of the riskless principal CMO transactions in the proprietary account, Guaimano generated trading profits, markups and interest income for his firm of approximately $455,144.23.

Guaimano participated in the pre-arranged trading with the principal as an accommodation based upon Guaimanoís belief that the principal was ďrefreshingĒ his CMO bond inventory in order to maintain positions he wished to maintain and still be in technical compliance with inventory risk controls at his employer relative to the length of time positions that could be held in proprietary accounts. Guaimano knew, or should have known, that the pre-arranged nature of the trades, particularly the agreement that the principal would repurchase the securities in short order, caused beneficial ownership of the securities to remain with the principalís employer.

Guaimano should have known that the principalís effort to create the appearance of compliance with the inventory restrictions by liquidating positions could only succeed if the principal concealed from his employer the fact that he had committed to repurchase the bonds from Guaimano at the same or a higher price. Furthermore, Guaimano should have known that his participation in the pre-arranged transactions enabled the principal to deceive his employer as to its inventory positions and risk.

Anthony Edward Guaimano (Principal0: Fined $10,000; Suspneded 6 weeks
Tags:  Proprietary Traders    CMO     |    In: Cases of Note : FINRA
Bill Singer's Comment
Interesting facts and fair sanctions
February 2011
Douglas Christopher Green (Principal)
2008012444201/February 2011

Green affected trades in collateralized mortgage obligation (CMO) bonds in his member firmís proprietary trading account to conceal inventory positions and create the false appearance of profitability through the use of fictitious and pre-arranged trades. In some cases, no contra-party had agreed to the transaction at the time Green submitted an order, and in other cases, Green had agreed to repurchase the security from the contra-party at an agreed-upon price that guaranteed a profit to the contra-party, causing the beneficial ownership to remain with Green.

Green devised a strategy that not only hedged and concealed the positions, but circumvented trading capital and inventory limits his firm set, and created the impression of profitable trading by extending the settlement dates for certain bonds and coordinating fictitious transactions with other broker-dealers.

Green received compensation based upon the overall profitability of the firmís proprietary account, and because Greenís scheme created the appearance of profitability, he received compensation based upon the apparent profits; Green received $7,353,000, which resulted in an overstatement of the firmís net capital and caused the firm to cease business. Green caused the firmís books and records to be inaccurate. In addition, he failed to respond to FINRA requests for documents and information, and to appear for on-the-record testimony.

Douglas Christopher Green (Principal): Barred
Tags:  Proprietary Traders    CMO    Trading Limits    Trading Volume     |    In: Cases of Note : FINRA
Bill Singer's Comment
$7.4 million in compensation for fictitious trades? How come I never seem to see ads for these jobs in the papers? Where can I sign up?
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