The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has charged a broker with allegedly lying to clients about commissions he received for selling non-traded REITs and business development companies (BDCs).
According to Investment News, FINRA claims Gopi Krishana Vungarala “regularly lied” to his customer, a Native American tribe, regarding investments he recommended.
FINRA further alleged Vungarala “fraudulently induced” the tribe to invest $190 million in non-traded REITs and business development companies and failed to inform the tribe of the $11.4 million in commissions generated, $9.6 million of which went to him. In addition, Vungarala failed to disclose certain volume discounts available to the tribe.
Vuanguarla was a registered representative of Purshe Kaplan Sterling and was also employed as the tribes Treasury investment advisor.
According to Investment News, FINRA has also charged Purshe Kaplan Sterling with supervisory failures for not detecting Vungarala’s fraudulent conduct.
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