The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have brought action (FINRA Here, SEC Here) against Timothy Dembski (Dembski) and Walter Grenda (Grenda) concerning allegations that they made false and misleading statements to their clients at Reliance Financial Group (Reliance) an investment advisory firm, in recommending and selling investments in a risky hedge fund called Prestige Wealth Management Fund, LP (Prestige Fund). Also mentioned as a manager of the fund was Scott Stephan (Stephan).
Dembski was a registered broker with FINRA starting in 1995. From October 2006 until March 2011, Dembski was registered with Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. (Wall Street). Thereafter, Dembski was registered with Mid Atlantic Capital Corporation (Mid Atlantic) until August 2013. In January 2011, Dembski co-founded and was the managing partner at Reliance Financial and also co-founded the Prestige Fund.
Grenda has been a registered broker with FINRA since 1981. From October 2006 until March 2011, Grenda was registered with Wall Street. Thereafter, Grenda was registered with Mid Atlantic until July 2013.