Broker Christopher Orlando (Orlando) was suspended and fined by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) over allegations that Orlando participated in the sale of approximately $7,000,000 in private securities transactions of promissory notes linked to Diversified Lending Group (DLG) that were not made through his member firm PlanMember Securities Corporation (PlanMember).
FINRA alleged that between March 2007, and July 2008 Orlando marketed Secured Investment Notes in DLG (DLG Notes). According to Orlando’s public disclosures, the DLG notes were supposed to invest funds in distressed real estate and mortgage lending. Investors who filed complaints against Orlando and the brokerage firms that employed him have alleged that in reality the DLG Notes were Ponzi scheme type fraud.
Orlando marketed the DLG Notes to insurance agents and financial advisors who in tum sold the DLG Notes to investors. FINRA alleged that Orlando met with his marketing agents and provided them with information and materials about DLG Notes. In addition, Orlando referred at least eight insurance agents to DLG for training so that they would sell DLG Notes to investors. According to FINRA, Orlando was also directly involved in marketing the DLG Notes to potential investors by speaking at seminars about them.