Articles Tagged with Kevin Cline

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently sanctioned Source Capital Group (Source Capital) registered representatives Kevin Cline (Cline), Robert Burr (Burr), Vincent Christopher (Christopher), and Thomas Gilleland (Gilleland).  FINRA’s findings concerned allegations that the brokers failed to adequately disclose material facts and made sales through misstatements in oil and gas partnership interests in Blue Ridge Securities (Blue Ridge) and Argyle Securities. (Argyle).

According to FINRA, from at least October 11, 2006, and December 17, 2012, the named brokers violated the federal securities laws and FINRA rules in connection with selling Blue Ridge and Argyle offerings.  Cline is the branch office manager for Source Capital’s Bowling Green, Kentucky branch office on Adams Street and Burr managed the Wright Street office where Christopher and Gilleland were brokers.  Source Capital’s Adam Street branch office was the sole seller of private placement offerings of oil and gas securities issued by Blue Ridge’s limited partnerships all of which were managed by Blue Ridge Group, Inc.  Source Capital’s Wright Street branch office was the sole seller of private offerings of Argyle limited partnerships managed by Argyle Energy, Inc.   Blue Ridge and Argyle were both housed at the Adams Street branch office and were owned by Robert “Bob” Burr, the father of Burr as the controlling stockholder and former officer of both Blue Ridge and Argyle.

FINRA alleged that Cline failed to adequately disclose material information in selling Blue Ridge to investors.  Specifically, FINRA found that Blue Ridge gave money to Cline that Cline used to pay Source Capital representatives a $2,000 monthly salary in advance of their draws which were not always repaid.  FINRA concluded that the failure to adequately disclose that Cline used Blue Ridge funds to pay compensation to Source representatives was a material omission in violation of FINRA Rule 2010 and NASD Rule 2110, and Section 17(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1 933, 15 U.S.C. § 77q(a)(2).

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