Monday, March 24, 2008
A FINRA Hearing Panel issued a decision that imposed a 90-day suspension, a concurrent 10-day suspension, and a $12,500 fine against Scott Mathis, Chairman and CEO of New York's Investprivate, Inc. (now known as DPEC Capital, Inc.), for failing to disclose tax liens and two customer complaints on his Form U4s. Mathis and Investprivate were originally charged by FINRA with securities fraud, but those charges were later withdrawn. The hearing panel decision addressed the last outstanding charges brought by NASD (FINRA's predecessor) in 2004 against Mathis. FINRA's Enforcement Department previously settled several other charges from that 2004 action against Investprivate; Mathis; Donald Geraghty, the firm's Director of Compliance; and Ronald Robbins, Executive Vice President of Investprivate's parent company, Diversified Biotech Holdings Corporation.