The Securities and Exchange Commission Bars Alfred Clay Ludlum III Following His Injunction for Anti-Fraud Violations of the Securities Laws

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that it has barred Alfred Clay Ludlum III, a registered investment adviser and the founder, president, and sole control person of Printz Capital Management, LLC, Printz Financial Group, Inc., and PCM Global Holdings, LLC, from association with any investment adviser, broker, dealer, municipal securities dealer, municipal advisor, transfer agent, or nationally recognized statistical rating organization. The Commission found that Ludlum agreed, among other things, to be permanently enjoined from future violations of the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws. Based on the circumstances underlying that injunction, the Commission determined that the public interest required a full securities industry bar, noting that Ludlum defrauded investors-including several to whom he owed a fiduciary duty-out of approximately $850,000 and that he subsequently attempted to mislead regulators and thwart their investigations. The Commission concluded that an industry-wide bar was necessary because “Ludlum’s repeated and egregious misconduct evidences an unfitness to participate in the securities industry that goes beyond just the professional capacity in which Ludlum was acting when he engaged in the misconduct underlying these proceedings.” Commissioners Paredes and Gallagher concurred in the Commission’s decision, but dissented with respect to Commission’s decision to bar Ludlum from association with municipal advisors and nationally recognized statistical rating organizations.

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