LPL Financial has reached a settlement with Massachusetts regulators that will return money to investors who were illegally sold securities since 2006.
“This agreement will give Massachusetts investors who were misled when they were offered these unregistered securities the chance to get their money back, with [3%] interest, and reinvest it in a way that works best for them,” Secretary of State William Galvin, the state’s top securities regulator, said in a statement.
The deal comes about one month after regulators in Alabama, Massachusetts and other states secured a $26 million nationwide agreement with the independent broker-dealer in cooperation with the North American Securities Administrators Association.
As a result of this national accord, other states are expected to make similar announcements over the coming months; each of them entered into separate administrative orders tied to the deal. Under the terms of the agreement, LPL is set to pay a fine of about $499,000 to each of the 52 U.S. states and territories and to reimburse investors for unregistered securities purchased since 2006.