Judge Orders Brookstreet CEO to Pay $10m Penalty
A federal judge ordered the former CEO of Brookstreet Securities Corp. to pay a maximum $10 million penalty in a securities fraud case related to the financial crisis.
In December of 2009, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged Brookstreet Securities Corp. and Stanley C. Brooks, with fraud for “systematically selling risky mortgage-backed securities to customers with conservative investment goals.”
Brookstreet and Brooks developed a program through which the firm’s registered representatives sold particularly risky and illiquid types of Collateralized Mortgage Obligations (CMOs) to more than 1,000 seniors, retirees, and others for whom the securities were unsuitable.
Brookstreet and Brooks allegedly continued to promote and sell the risky CMOs even after Brooks received numerous warnings that these were dangerous investments that could become worthless overnight. The fraud resulted in severe investor losses and eventually caused the firm to collapse.
On February 23, 2012, the Honorable David O. Carter entered an order granting summary judgment in favor of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
On March 1, 2012, the court entered a final judgment and ordered the financial penalty sought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition to the $10,010,000 penalty, Brooks was ordered to pay $110,713.31 in disgorgement and prejudgment interest.