Westor Capital Group of NY Charged with Customer Fund Abuse

Westor Capital Group, Inc. of Herkimer, NY and President Richard Hans Bach are to immediately stop the further misappropriation and misuse of customer funds and securities under the terms of a Temporary Cease-and-Desist Order (TCDO) filed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

FINRA is seeking the TCDO to prevent further customer harm that would likely continue before a formal disciplinary proceeding against Westor and Bach could be completed.

In addition, FINRA issued a complaint against Westor and Bach, charging them with failing to allow customers to withdraw account balances and deliver securities, misusing customer securities, failing to maintain physical possession or control of securities, and for operating an unapproved self-clearing business.

In one instance, when a customer sought to withdraw $97,000 from his account, Westor refused. FINRA further charges that Westor, acting through Bach, misused 65,000 shares of customers’ fully paid common stock to effect and cover short sales by another customer, without the authority to do so. As a result, Westor and Bach failed to maintain physical possession or control of securities as required by the federal securities laws and rules.

Westor’s primary business is trading in microcap securities through its own accounts held at several different brokerage firms and has ineffective measures to track and reconcile its customers’ stock positions. This makes it possible for Westor and Bach to conceal the improper use of securities, the complaint alleges.

Under FINRA rules, the individuals and firms named in a complaint can file a response and request a hearing before a FINRA disciplinary panel. Possible sanctions include a fine, an order to pay restitution, censure, suspension or bar from the securities industry.

The issuance of a disciplinary complaint represents the initiation of a formal proceeding by FINRA, in which findings as to the allegations in the complaint have not been made, and does not represent a decision as to any of the allegations contained in the complaint.

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