Citigroup Allegedly Failed to Properly Supervise and Send Prospectuses for 255,000 Sales of ETFs
From 2009 until April 2011, Citigroup allegedly failed to deliver prospectuses in connection with sales of certain ETFs to customers, and that just between September 2010 and November 2010 alone, Citigroup failed to deliver prospectuses for approximately 255,000 customer purchases regarding approximately 160 ETFs, according to a recent FINRA Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC).
This was not Citigroup’s first violation of this nature, as the firm was previously sanctioned by the NYSE in 2007 for failure to deliver ETF prospectuses, the AWC further alleges. This time, however, according to FINRA, Citigroup self-reported the ETF prospectus delivery failure to FINRA in January 2011.
Citigroup Fined $3 Million for Failure to Maintain and Enforce Supervisory Control Policies
As a result of the aforementioned activity, Citigroup allegedly violated provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and thereby violated FINRA Rules, the AWC notes.
In review, Citigroup’s approach to testing and verification and its related controls were not reasonable in light of its previous failures in the area of ETF prospectus delivery, and violated NASD and FINRA Rules by failing to establish, maintain and enforce a system of supervisory controls to verify that its ETF prospectus delivery procedures were reasonably designed to comply with the applicable laws, rules and regulations, the AWC notes.
As a result, the FINRA AWC reports, Citigroup has agreed to an act of censure, and to pay a fine in the total amount of $3,000,000.
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