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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.
November 2010
Biremis, Corp and Peter Beck (Principal)
AWC/2008014753602/November 2010

Biremis employed an individual as its controller and as controller for several of its affiliated companies who was arrested and charged with numerous criminal violations. The individual informed Beck that criminal charges had been filed against him and, although the individual misrepresented the nature of the charges, Beck failed to follow up or otherwise investigate the criminal allegations against the individual. Beck failed to instruct other firm employees to investigate the charges against the individual. The Firm's written supervisory procedures, which were Beck’s responsibility, did not require any such follow-up.

FINRA found that the individual was convicted, which made him statutorily disqualified from employment in the securities industry; and the firm, acting through Beck, failed to file a written application (Membership Continuance Form-400 (MC-400)) for relief from the statutory disqualification so that the individual could continue to associate with the firm, and the individual continued working as the firm’s Financial and Operations Principal (FINOP).

Acting through Beck, the Firm failed to establish, maintain and enforce a supervisory system and/or written supervisory procedures reasonably designed to investigate prospective employees’ backgrounds, follow up on any red flags and achieve compliance with its registration and Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer (Form U4) reporting obligations.

Biremis, Corp: Censured; Fined $50,000

Peter Beck: Fined $10,000; Suspended 6 weeks in Principal capacity only

Tags:  statutory disqualification    conviction        FINOP     |    In: Cases of Note : FINRA
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