Enforcement Actions
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
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.
June 2011
Dean Irwin Cronister (Principal)
AWC/2009016709019/June 2011

Cronister participated in the sales of a total of $266,302.51 in Universal Lease Programs (ULPs) to public customers and failed to provide his member firms with prior written notice and failed to obtain the firmsí prior written approval; Cronister received approximately $33,080 total in commissions.

Cronister engaged in outside business activities and accepted a total of $64,491.64 in checks from a ULP issuer made payable to a corporation he wholly owned; the checks were for sales of ULPs made by independent agents of his corporation. Cronister failed to provide prompt written notice of his outside business activities to his member firms. Cronister participated in a face-to-face interview with a compliance officer at one of his firms, acknowledged that all forms of outside business activities must be disclosed on an outside business activity form and must receive the firmís written approval prior to engaging in any outside business activity but never provided oral or written notification that he was engaged in outside business activity and receiving overrides on the sale of ULPs by other individuals.

Dean Irwin Cronister (Principal): Fined $43,000 (includes disgorgement of commissions); Suspended 6 months
Tags:  Universal Lease Programs     |    In: Cases of Note : FINRA
January 2011
Marilyn Louise Yamanaka
AWC/2009016709018/January 2011

Yamanaka participated in the sales of Universal Lease Programs (ULPs) totaling $408,273.39 to members of the public without providing her member firm with written notice about the sales, and failed to obtain her firmís written approval. Yamanaka received approximately $43,760 in commissions from her sales of the ULPs.

Yamanaka submitted documentation related to the ULPs to her firm and was told that the ULPs were not approved for sale. Yamanaka signed declarations in which she confirmed she had discussed the firmís regulatory requirements with her supervisory principal; in these declarations, Yamanaka stated she had not offered or sold securities except those her firm offered and approved, had not engaged in any outside business activity which involved private securities transactions or private placements of securities, unless the firm approved them in advance, and informed her firm of all outside business activities for which she directly or indirectly received compensation. FINRA found that all of these statements were false.

Marilyn Louise Yamanaka: Fined $5,000 (apparently that number was derived from a consideration of Yamanaka's financial status and could be higher under other circumstances); Suspended 8 months.
Enforcement Actions