WASHINGTON – Florida-based Benchmark Securities has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle Financial Industry Regulatory Authority charges that it violated municipal market rules by giving issuer officials college football tickets that were more expensive than the $100 threshold set for such gifts.

Three other firms agreed to pay a combined $77,500 over separate FINRA charges, two of them for trade reporting failures and one for carrying out muni transactions in amounts below the stated minimum denomination for the securities.

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