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Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
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December 2011
Steven Mark Peaslee (Principal)
OS/2009020134201/December 2011
Peaslee participated in private securities transactions by soliciting individuals to invest approximately $399,850 in an offering of a company he owned and controlled without providing written notice of his intent to participate in the sale of an offering to his member firm, and failed to obtain his firm’s written approval before engaging in such activities.Peaslee’s firm did not permit registered representatives to participate in the sale of private equity offerings. The offering’s purpose was to capitalize an entity through which Peaslee operated his securities business, which he wholly owned.The offering purported to be issued in compliance with Rule 506 of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 (Reg. D), but Reg D documents were not filed with the SEC. 

Peaslee did not receive any written representation from any of the investors that they met the requirements to be an accredited investor. FINRA found that Peaslee negligently made untrue statements of material facts and/or omitted to state material facts in a PPM and subscription agreement for the offering. In reliance on Peaslee’s misrepresentations, the customers and the non-customer invested in the offering.

Peaslee failed to establish an escrow account in the name of the issuer, his business entity, and no investor funds from the offering were ever held in an escrow account; rather, Peaslee deposited investor funds into the entity’s operating account and immediately began making withdrawals. In addition, Peaslee distributed investor funds before the minimum contingency was satisfied, thereby rendering the representations in the offering documents false and misleading.
Steven Mark Peaslee (Principal): Barred
Tags:  Accredited Investor    Reg D    Escrow    Minimum Contingency     |    In: Cases of Note : FINRA
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