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January 25, 2017

Posted  February 21, 2017

The SEC announced administrative proceedings against New York-based brokerage firm Windsor Street Capital and its former anti-money laundering officer John D. Telfer.  The SEC alleges that the firm, formerly Meyers Associates L.P. failed to file Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) for $24.8 million in suspicious transactions, including those occurring in accounts controlled by microcap stock financiers Raymond H. Barton and William G. Goode who were separately charged by the SEC with conducting a pump-and-dump scheme.  The SEC alleges that Windsor and Telfer should have known about the suspicious circumstances behind many transactions occurring in customer accounts.  Customers like Barton and Goode allegedly deposited large blocks of penny stocks, liquidated them typically amid substantial promotional activity, and then transferred the proceeds away from the firm.  The SEC further alleges that the shares deposited by Barton and Goode could not be sold legally because no registration statement was in effect and no registration exemption was available.  Rather than conduct a reasonable inquiry into the deposits, Windsor allegedly accepted claims of exemption at face value.  The SEC separately filed a complaint in federal court against Barton and Goode along with Matthew C. Briggs, Kenneth Manzo, and Justin Sindelman.  The complaint alleges that they participated in a pump-and-dump scheme that acquired shares of dormant shell companies supposedly in the dietary supplement business, falsely touted news and products stemming from those companies, and dumped the shares on the market for investors to purchase at inflated prices.  Barton, Goode, Briggs, and Manzo will pay almost $8.8 million collectively to settle the charges brought against them.  SEC

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