James D. Belenis – Unapproved Private Securities and Outside Business Activity – Boca Raton, Florida FINRA Arbitration and Litigation Attorney:

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November 2015 Disciplinary and Other FINRA Actions:

http://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/publication_file/November_2015_Disciplinary_Actions.pdf

Broker Check: http://www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/BrokerCheck//

James D. Belenis (CRD #2441443, Davis, California) submitted an AWC in which he was fined $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 20 business days. Without admitting or denying the findings, Belenis consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he engaged in a private securities transaction by investing in a limited liability company that held a gold mining operation, without prior written notice to his member firm. The findings stated that Belenis assisted in raising capital for the limited liability company, yet inaccurately answered “no” on a firm questionnaire asking whether he had assisted in raising capital. The suspension was in effect from October 5, 2015, through October 30, 2015. (FINRA Case #2013036196701)

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