Arthur Heffelfinger Pleads Guilty to Operating a $1.7 million Ponzi Scheme and Theft

csimt 2010, Press Release, Securities

Monica J. Lindeen, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (CSI), announced today that Arthur Leroy Heffelfinger has pled guilty in Lewis & Clark County District Court to Operating a Ponzi Scheme, a felony, and Theft, also a felony. Heffelfinger was charged in January 2010 with three felonies – operating a ponzi scheme, theft, and exploitation of an older person. His trial for the charge of exploiting an older person will be set for sometime this Fall.

Lindeen Reaches Settlement With NEXT For Allegations Of Unsuitable Investment

csimt 2010, Press Release, Securities

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen today announced a settlement with NEXT Financial Services, a broker-dealer firm located in Houston, Texas, and the company’s salesperson from Casper, Wyoming, Gary Falber.† In early May 2010, Lindeen issued a Cease and Desist Order and Notice of Proposed Agency Action against NEXT Financial and Falber alleging multiple violations of the Montana Securities Act.

Goldman, Sachs, LLC. Pays $75,000 fine to Montana

csimt 2010, Press Release, Securities

Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Monica J. Lindeen, today announced a settlement with Goldman, Sachs Inc. Under the agreement, Goldman Sachs has agreed to immediately repurchase from Montana investors the $25,650,000 in auction rate securities it sold before the market for the securities froze in February 2008. Goldman Sachs will also pay a $75,000 fine that will be deposited to the state’s general fund.

Lindeen Gets Money Back For Montana Investors

csimt 2010, Press Release, Securities

Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Monica J. Lindeen, finalized a settlement with UBS Securities LLC and UBS Financial Services. UBS has agreed to buy back over $73 million of failed auction-rate securities and pay a $300,000 fine to the Montana general fund as part of a national investigation alleging brokerage firms stuck clients with hard-to-sell bonds.

Supreme Court Upholds Commissioner’s Decision against Kalispell Man

csimt 2010, Press Release, Securities

Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen announced today that the Montana Supreme Court upheld the Commissioner’s Office order fining former Banker’s Life insurance agent, Martin O. Bower, $80,000 for violating the Montana Securities Act by victimizing two elderly women in northwestern Montana. In addition to the fine, the order also bans Bower from becoming licensed to sell insurance for five years, and bans him from seeking any securities registration or licensure.

Lindeen Settles With Morgan Stanley On Allegations Of Misleading Investors

csimt 2009, Press Release, Securities

Montana Commissioner of Securities Monica Lindeen finalized a settlement with Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. regarding allegations the company misled investors. In the agreement, Morgan Stanley has agreed to provide liquidity to Montana investors who invested in auction-rate securities before the market for the securities was frozen in February 2008. The settlement includes rescission to Montana victims totaling more than $43 million and a $120,000 fine to be deposited to the state’s general fund.