The National Association of Securities Dealers last week suspended four brokers for inappropriate sales of B shares of mutual funds. A fifth broker is contesting the charges. The brokers will be suspended for up to nine months and pay a combined total of nearly $120,000 in fines. The brokers' clients would have had reduced up-front sales charges through eligible breakpoints on A shares, NASD said.
The four brokers are affiliated with James Wheeler & Co., Marsco Investment, Tucker Anthony and UBS Financial Services. The fifth broker, with Staten Securities, is contesting the charges.