Former Sterne Agee Broker Faces Expulsion For Running Undisclosed Hedge Fund

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 9:00 AM

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices:

Dean Mustaphalli, a former Sterne Agee Financial Services Inc. broker, could be expelled for allegedly running a $6 million hedge fund without informing his brokerage firm.

Mustaphalli founded the hedge fund, Mustaphalli Capital Partners, and solicited money for the fund from at least 25 investors during 2011. He managed the fund through Mustaphalli Advisory Group without disclosing the relationship between the fund and the investment advisor. Mr. Mustaphalli received a performance fee and his investment advisor received a management fee from the hedge fund.

After he was fired from Sterne Agee, Mustaphalli continued to solicit clients for the fund through Mustaphalli Advisory Group.

Between April and August of 2011, Mr. Mustaphalli received approximately $41,800 in management fees. Meanwhile, the value of the fund, which invested in publicly traded equity and debt securities, declined by approximately 90%. Those losses may be recovered by investors. 

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