Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Censured & Fined by FINRA

(FINRA Case #2013038869101)

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (CRD #249, New York, New York) – An AWC (Accept, Waiver & Consent) was issued in which the firm was censured, fined $20,000, and ordered to pay $10,301.44, plus interest, in restitution to customers.

Without admitting or denying the findings, the firm consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that, in six transactions, it purchased municipal securities for its own account from a customer and/or sold municipal securities for its own account to a customer at an aggregate price (including any mark-up or mark-down) that was not fair and reasonable, taking into consideration all relevant factors, including the best judgment of the broker, dealer or municipal securities dealer as to the fair market value of the securities at the time of the transaction and of any securities exchanged or traded in connection with the transaction; the expense involved in effecting the transaction; the fact that the broker, dealer, or municipal securities dealer is entitled to a profit; and the total dollar amount of the transaction.

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