Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

News Release

Friday, October 09, 2009


Lyn Peters, Director of Communications
PH (360) 902-8731 lpeters@dfi.wa.gov

Michael E. Stevenson, Director of Securities
PH (360) 902-8824 mstevenson@dfi.wa.gov


State Issues Statement Of Charges Against King County Resident For Alleged Securities Law Violations

Michael R. Mastro is accused of selling unregistered securities and violating securities laws

OLYMPIA –The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Securities Division has issued a Statement of Charges and Notice of Intent to Enter an Order to Cease and Desist, to Revoke Exemptions and Impose a Fine against King County resident Michael Robert Mastro in connection with the sale of promissory notes to investors. DFI intends to order Mastro to cease violations of state laws requiring the registration of securities for sale and registration of persons offering securities. DFI’s Securities Division also seeks to order Mastro to cease violations of anti-fraud laws and to revoke the use of exemptions from securities registration. DFI is also seeking a fine of $100,000, subject to prior repayment of the investors. 

Mastro, a real estate developer doing business as Mastro Properties for more than 20 years, raised capital for his various business operations by selling promissory notes to investors at interest rates ranging from 8 to 12 percent. Mastro may have raised more than $100,000,000 through the sale of these notes to more than 175 investors.

DFI alleges that Mastro failed to register the offer and sale of the promissory notes in violation of the registration provisions of the Securities Act of Washington and failed to register as a securities broker-dealer or salesperson.

DFI’s Securities Division alleges that Mastro violated state securities anti-fraud laws because he:

“I encourage investors to investigate before investing — in other words, check with DFI’s Securities Division to verify whether an investment is registered and that they are dealing with a licensed and registered seller,” DFI Director of Securities Michael Stevenson said. “Registered investments accompanied by a disclosure document can greatly assist investors in making an informed decision.”

Mr. Mastro has a right to request a hearing on the allegations.

A copy of the Statement of Charges and Notice of Intent to Enter an Order to Cease and Desist, to Revoke Exemptions and Impose a Fine against Michael Robert Mastro can be found at: http://dfi.wa.gov/sd/orders/S-09-038-09-SC01.pdf.

About DFI
www.dfi.wa.gov ▪ 360.902-8700 ▪ 877.746-4334
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions regulates a variety of financial service providers such as banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, payday lenders and securities brokers and dealers. The department has won numerous awards for its financial literacy and outreach programs developed to protect consumers from financial fraud. In addition to posting information about licensees and administrative actions, the DFI’s Web site features consumer tips on a variety of financial fraud-related topics.

About Division of Securities
www.dfi.wa.gov/sd ▪ 360.902.8700 ▪ 877.RING.DFI (746.4334)
The Division of Securities regulates securities investments, franchises, business opportunities, and off-exchange commodities sold in Washington and the firms and individuals that sell these products or provide investment advice. The Division handles complaints, conducts investigations, and takes appropriate enforcement actions to protect investors and combat fraud.