Court orders $2M from Ambassador Advisors and execs, including CCO

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Ambassador Advisors and three of its executives, including its chief compliance officer, must pay a total of more than $2 million for failing to disclose conflicts of interest related to fees received from mutual fund share classes selected for clients.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Sept. 7 entered final judgment against the investment adviser and its principals. Bernard Bostwick, Robert Kauffman, and Adrian Young—all part owners, executives, and investment adviser representatives of the firm—selected mutual funds for their clients that delivered fees for their benefit rather than choosing identical share-fund classes that had no or lower fees, the court found.

Young is chief compliance officer at Ambassador, which is based in Pennsylvania and describes itself as guided by Christian principles.

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