Three former employees of broker-dealer Oppenheimer settled charges stemming from the unregistered sales of billions of shares of penny stocks on behalf of a customer. This action relates to a previously settled enforcement action against Oppenheimer in which the broker-dealer admitted wrong-doing and paid $20 million to the SEC and the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. According to the SEC’s order, the former employees failed to make reasonable inquiries or provide appropriate oversight in the face of red flags indicating that their customer’s stock sales were not exempt from registration. SEC
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