WASHINGTON -- A former Milwaukee banker has been suspended for one year from the municipal and government securities business, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced yesterday.

James R. Wartinbee Sr., formerly senior vice president of First Bank in Milwaukee, agreed to the suspension without admitting or denying allegations by the comptroller's office that he violated provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and rules of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.

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