Articles Tagged with Metals Millings and Mining

Advisor Thomas Mikolasko, (Mikolasko) of HFP Capital Markets LLC (HFP) was recently suspended and fined by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) over allegations that Mikolasko engaged in the sale of $3 million in Senior Secured Zero Coupon Notes sold to 58 customers of HFP for Metals Millings and Mining LLC (MMM) in a private placement offering.  The MMM Notes defaulted and investors were not repaid either principal or the 100 percent return promised.  FINRA found that Mikolasko negligently caused material misrepresentations and omissions of material facts to be made in connection with the sale of MMM.  FINRA also alleged that Mikolasko facilitated the offering even though he knew or should have known that HFP had conducted inadequate due diligence concerning the offering and that the limited due diligence the firm had conducted identified significant “red flags.”

Metals Millings and Mining LLC was an entity created in 2009 with HFP’s assistance.  MMM was formed as a vehicle to aggregate and process certain ore materials.  The investment’s sponsor had presented to HFP a plan to extract precious metals from the ore concentrate through a process known as “plasmafication.”  HFP’s former chief executive, Vincent J. Puma was primary responsibility for HFP’s involvement in the MMM offering.  From December 2009 to February 201l, HFP sold approximately $3 million of MMM Notes to 58 HFP customers.  The MMM notes provided for the repayment of principal in one year together with the ownership of ore concentrate.

Pursuant to a repurchase agreement, MMM was then obligated repurchase the ore from the investors at an agreed price so that they would receive a 100 percent return on their investment in addition to the return of principal. There was no private placement memorandum for the transaction and investors were provided only with limited disclosures as forth in a subscription agreement.  The MMM notes have defaulted and investors have not been repaid either principal or the promised 100 percent return.

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