The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the organization that regulates broker dealers and, now crowdfunding web portals, shut down UFP, LLC, known as UFundingPortal.com, because the portal:
- lacked a reasonable basis for believing that certain companies offering securities through its online crowdfunding portal had complied with applicable regulatory requirements;
- had reason to believe those companies or their offerings presented the potential for fraud or other investor protection concerns;
- included on its website issuer communications that it knew or had reason to know contained untrue statements of material facts or were otherwise false or misleading; and
- did not reasonably supervise the activities of its online crowdfunding portal.
Basically, the portal failed its due diligence obligations by allowing 16 companies to raise money on its site that clearly did not comply with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Crowd Funding.