Wells Fargo Securities will pay $11 million in penalties for misrepresenting—and overcharging for—two complex debt products tied to housing industry performance. The penalties were related to “misconduct in the sale” of two collateralized debt obligations, when the housing market was beginning to swoon in late 2006 and 2007. The conduct by Wachovia Capital Markets, as the unit then was known, violated securities laws in two ways, the SEC said.

First, Wachovia charged undisclosed excessive markups in the sale of certain preferred shares or equity of a CDO called Grand Avenue II to the Zuni Indian Tribe and an individual investor.

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