Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012 --- 6:35p.m.
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. (AP) -- A securities dealer in southern Wisconsin has been barred from the industry after a regulatory panel said he made fraudulent sales to vulnerable elderly customers.
Christopher D. Kline was a broker in the Prairie du Sac office of Brookstone Securities.
He and Brookstone's owner were accused of selling risky mortgage obligations to unsophisticated investors who thought they were buying government-guaranteed bonds.
Kline and the company were investigated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In a ruling released Friday, the panel ordered Kline, the company and its owner to pay $2.6 million in fines and restitution. Kline and the owner were also barred from the industry.
Kline tells the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/NbOyIL ) the allegations and decision were flawed. The ruling has been appealed.
Brookstone has since closed.
Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.