Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William Galvin is ordering seven brokerage firms to pay $238K in fines for their involvement in the proxy fraud committed by Realty Capital Securities. The broker-dealers are:
· Voya Financial Advisors Inc. (VOYA)
· Invest Financial Corp.
· FMN Capital Corp.
· Platinum Wealth Partners Inc.
· Newbridge Securities Corp.
· TKG Financial
· Pariter Securities
Galvin claims that brokers at the firms worked with RCS to cast the bogus proxy votes involving American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust II and American Realty Capital Trust V—both nontraded real estate investment trusts—and Business Development Corp. of America, which is a nontraded business development company. The state’s securities division claimed that RCS employees pretended to be shareholders so they could cast proxy votes to the benefit of management. The votes were key in the merger between American Realty Corp., which is a Real Capital Securities affiliate, and Apollo Global Management. The deal was linked to a larger deal of $378M between AR Capital and Apollo.
Galvin said that registered agents at the seven firms turned in unauthorized proxy votes for clients with interests in American Realty Capital Investments programs. The orders against the broker-dealers include a permanent cease and desist mandate, revisions to policies and procedures related to proxy voting, a censure, and the fines.
Real Capital Securities closed down its business several months ago. It also agreed to pay Massachusetts’ securities regulators a $3M to resolve the manipulating proxy vote allegations. While in business the brokerage distributed REIT products to advisers. It was part of RCS Capital.
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Massachusetts Securities Regulator Cracks Down on Fake Proxy Voting, Wealth Management/Reuters, June 23, 2016
Realty Capital Securities to Shut Down and Pay $3 Million Fine to Massachusetts, New York Times December 15, 2015
Massachusetts Regulatory Charges Realty Capital Securities With Fraud Related to Proxy Votes in Real Estate Deals, Institutional Investor Securities Blog, November 12, 2015