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Windsor Street Caught Engaging In Outside Business Activities

Imtiaz A. Khan (also known as Raana Khan) of New York the former executive vice president and managing partner at Windsor Street Capital LP has been fined $20,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that (1) […]

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Investors Catch MML Twisting Annuity Policies

Thomas John Leone of Farmington Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors Services is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled on May 10, 2018 to resolve accusations that (1) the customer’s assets had been inappropriately transferred a number of times between annuities and mutual funds and (2) the […]

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FINRA Bars Craig Scott Capital Broker For Churning

Edward Beyn of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Craig Scott Capital LLC is the subject of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) National Adjudicatory Council Decision which affirms FINRA’s Hearing Panel’s decision to bar Beyn because (1) Beyn effected excessive trades in customer accounts (2) Beyn churned customers’ investment portfolios and […]

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Raymond James Broker Charged With Hindering Investigation

Vincent Joseph Storms of Saint Petersburg Florida a broker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc. has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging that (1) Storms falsified information to FINRA in regard to his handling of outside business activities supervisory procedures and (2) Storms neglected to […]

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Ameriprise Financial Sued For Risky Investments

Jack Alan Quick of New Home Minnesota a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $214,180.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) Quick made investment recommendations to the customer that were not suitable regarding variable annuities, variable life insurance, […]

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Portfolio Advisors Alliance Sued By Investors For Churning

Craig Landon Siegel of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Portfolio Advisors Alliance LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought unspecified compensatory damages supported by accusations that between July of 2013 and August of 2017: (1) the customer’s account was churned (2) the […]

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FINRA Sanctions Ditto Trade CEO For Failure to Pay Arbitration Award

Yosef Yehuda Fox (also known as Joseph J. Fox) of Chicago Illinois the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Compliance Officer employed by Ditto Trade Inc. has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on allegations that Fox failed to pay an Arbitration Award after having been […]

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Investors Sue Wells Fargo For Mutual Fund Fraud

Harold Weber of Airmont New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $50,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that between December of 2012 and June of 2016: (1) transactions were executed in the customer’s account that were not […]

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Regulator Seeks Denial Of LPL Financial Broker Registration

David Philip Antypas of Brentwood Tennessee a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Securities Division disciplinary action where the regulator is seeking the denial of Antypas’ securities registration based upon accusations that (1) during the time Antypas was associated with LPL Financial LLC […]

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Hennion Walsh Fined For Failure To Supervise UITs

Hennion Walsh Inc. a broker dealer headquartered in Parsippany New Jersey has been censured and fined $165,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that (1) Hennion Walsh’s registered representatives made unsuitable investment recommendations concerning the switching of unit investment trusts in customers’ accounts and (2) Hennion Walsh neglected […]

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FINRA Bars Ameritas Broker In Theft Investigation

Kristian M. Gaudet of Cut Off Louisiana a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameritas Investment Corp has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Gaudet failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations of Gaudet’s misuse of customer funds during the […]

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David Lerner Associates Accused Of Unauthorized Trading

Martin Kevin Walcoe of Syosset New York a stockbroker currently employed by David Lerner Associates Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 9, 2016 where the customer requested unspecified compensatory damages founded on accusations that unauthorized trades of equities and government-debt products had been executed in the customer’s account. […]

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Bolton Global Broker Admits to Unauthorized Trading

Bruce Anthony Zaro of Plymouth Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly employed by Bolton Global Capital has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Zaro signed customers’ names on account documentation without authorization to effect transactions in […]

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Oppenheimer Sued By Investors For Misconduct

Christopher Matthew Keeler Sr. of Stamford Connecticut a stockbroker formerly employed by Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $542,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) unauthorized oil and gas, mutual fund and equity trades were effected in the customer’s account (2) […]

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J.P Morgan Broker Caught Mismarking Trades Unsolicited

Joseph Leon Bess II of Edmond Oklahoma a stockbroker formerly registered with J.P. Morgan Securities has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Bess mismarked customer’s order tickets concerning exchange traded fund purchases. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and […]

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Boenning Scattergood Pays Back Excessive Commissions

Steven Wayne Vance of Newtown Pennsylvania a stockbroker currently registered with Boenning Scattergood Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint involving Vance’s activities that was settled on February 27, 2018 for $9,138.67 in damages based upon accusations that (1) the customer’s portfolio was allocated in unsuitable mutual fund investments given the customer’s […]

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MML Accused By Investors Of Annuity Fraud

Curt Giacobbe a stockbroker currently registered with MML Investors Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 25, 2016 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 founded on allegations that Giacobbe misrepresented information about a variable annuity that had been purchased by the customer and the […]

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Investors Sue Southeast Investments Risky Recommendations

Robert Ian Siegel of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Southeast Investments NC Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer was awarded $14,482.00 in damages based upon findings that while Siegel was associated with Southeast Investments NC Inc: (1) Siegel failed to inform the customer […]

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BBVA Blamed By Investors For Risky Investments

James David Armer of Albuquerque New Mexico a stockbroker formerly registered with BBVA Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 7, 2018 where the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon allegations that while associated with BBVA Securities Inc. Armer failed to inform the customer about […]

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Investors Sue TCM Securities For Massive Bond Fraud

James Hal Heafner (also known as Jim Heafner) of Charlotte North Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Taylor Capital Management Inc and former investment adviser representative of Retirement Wealth Advisors is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $268,015.79 in damages founded on allegations that (1) inappropriate […]

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Edward Jones Broker Barred In FINRA Theft Investigation

James Thomas Walters II of Macon Georgia a stockbroker formerly employed by Edward Jones has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on accusations that Walters neglected to provide a response to FINRA’s information request possibly concerning his termination from Edward Jones. FINRA Case No. 2018058353701 […]

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SEC Bars Wells Fargo Advisors Broker For Fraud

Aaron Robert Parthemer of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has been fined $160,000.00 and barred from being a broker or investment adviser or otherwise associating with any brokers or investment advisories according to an Order Making Findings and Imposing Sanctions Pursuant To Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 15(b), Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Section 203(f) and […]

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FINRA Bars Rogue Broker In Investigation

Abed William Lulu of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Worden Capital Management LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon allegations that Lulu failed to provide information to FINRA that had been requested of him. Case No. 2017055568801 (May 7, 2018). […]

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FINRA Bars Joseph Stone Broker In Investigation

Christopher Vincent Paul of Mineola New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on allegations that Paul failed to comply with FINRA’s request for information potentially relating to Paul’s employment separations after being subject of […]

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Investors Accuse Edward Jones Of Annuity Misconduct

Robert L. Friederich of Lake Zurich Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Edward Jones is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint which was settled on September 22, 2017 for $18,827.28 in damages founded on allegations that Friederich made inappropriate investment recommendations concerning the customer’s sale of mutual funds and purchase of single […]

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DesPain Broker Barred In Woodbridge Promissory Note Investigation

Jay R. Weiser of Collinsville Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by DesPain Financial Corporation has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Weiser failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation into accusations of hm selling promissory notes and securities interests away from […]

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Investor Accuses LPL Financial Of Index Annuity Fraud

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

William Frank Welsh of Williamsville New York a stockbroker currently employed by LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 14, 2016 where the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 founded on accusations that Welsh was placed into an indexed annuity that was not suitable for […]

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FINRA Nails Supervisor For Ignoring Misconduct Of Top Producer

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Abuse, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Jeffrey Duane Jacobson of Minneapolis Minnesota a stockbroker formerly employed by Dougherty Company LLC has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Jacobson failed to supervise a registered representative that executed unsuitable investment transactions in a customer’s investment […]

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Investors Sue Oppenheimer For Failure to Supervise ETF Trades

James Francis Lowe of New York New York a stockbroker and supervisor currently registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $25,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Lowe failed to supervise one of the firm’s financial advisors servicing the customer’s account who […]

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Investors Accuse Invest Financial Of Unauthorized Trading

Johnathon Leland Cope of Canton Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Invest Financial Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on February 19, 2016 in which the customer sought $8,015.32 in damages supported by allegations that Cope effected the sale of a mutual fund in the customer’s account without procuring the customer’s […]

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NTB Financial Caught Overcharging Customers

NTB Financial Corporation of Centennial Colorado has been censured and fined $45,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) supported by allegations that the firm overcharged customers on corporate bond transactions. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2015047738901 (Dec. 10, 2018). Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2015047738901 (Dec. 10, 2018). According to the […]

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Regulator Nails Cantone Research For Private Placement Fraud

Cantone Research Inc. a FINRA member brokerage firm headquartered in Tinton Falls New Jersey and its president Anthony Joseph Cantone have been sanctioned by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) according to a National Adjudicatory Council Decision containing findings that (1) the firm and Cantone made misrepresentations concerning securities sold through private placements (2) the firm […]

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Wells Fargo Sued By Investors For Annuity Misconduct

Richard William Schloss of Canton Ohio a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled to resolve allegations that Schloss inappropriately placed the customer’s assets in a variable annuity which exposed the customer to unnecessary surrender penalties and illiquidity. Financial […]

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LPL Sued By Investors For Wrongful ETF Strategy

Cory Ryan Burnell of Valley Springs California a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC and investment adviser representative of Blueprint Wealth Partners LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Burnell was responsible for the bad investment recommendations pertaining […]

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Investors Sue Newbridge Securities Corporation For Fraud

Sebastian George Bongiovanni of Staten Island a stockbroker currently employed by Newbridge Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $91,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) investment recommendations made to the customer were not suitable (2) unauthorized trades were executed in the customer’s account (3) […]

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New Jersey Charges Former Merrill Lynch Broker With Dishonest Business Practices

Kai Chong Cheng of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. and investment adviser representative and president of Affinity Capital Management LLC has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for five years from registering as an investment advisor according to a New Jersey Bureau of Securities Administrative Consent […]

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FINRA Fines CFD Investments For Failure To Supervise

January 19, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

CFD Investments Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in Kokomo Indiana has been censured and fined $125,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to supervise variable annuity recommendations and exchanges made by CFD Investments Inc. brokers. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2016048224201 (Jan. 10, […]

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Merrill Lynch Sanctioned In Bribery Theft Scheme For Failure To Supervise

Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in New York New York has been censured and fined $300,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to supervise a registered representative who defrauded a customer of the firm. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent […]

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Investors Accuse Morgan Stanley Of Annuity Fraud

John Jeffrey Clay of Washington District of Columbia a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on January 25, 2017 in which the customer sought unspecified damages based upon allegations that the customer was inappropriately sold a variable annuity investment in July of 2016. […]

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FINRA Fines Morgan Stanley For Failure To Supervise

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC a brokerage firm headquartered in New York New York has been censured and fined $10,000,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based in part upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to supervise its penny stock sales to ensure compliance with federal securities law. Letter of Acceptance Waiver […]

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Investor Accuses Morgan Stanley Of Fixed Income Fraud

Carlos Aurelio Alvarado of Houston Texas a stockbroker currently employed by Morgan Stanley is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 8, 2018 where the customer sought unspecified damages supported by accusations that between 2005 and 2018, Alvarado executed corporate debt transactions in the customer’s account that were not suitable for […]

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SunTrust Accused By Investors Of Annuity Fraud

Kevin James Farrow of Orlando Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by SunTrust Investment Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 4, 2016 in which the customer requested $24,758.12 in damages supported by accusations that Farrow made misrepresentations to the customer by stating that the variable annuity purchased […]

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FINRA Charges Morgan Stanley Brokers With Churning

Ami Kathryn Forte and Charles Joseph Lawrence of Palm Harbor Florida stockbrokers formerly employed by Morgan Stanley have been charged by Financial industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in a Complaint alleging that Forte and Lawrence (1) engaged in unsuitable trading of a disabled customer’s account (2) effected unauthorized trades and (3) churned the customer’s investment portfolio. […]

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FINRA Bars Caldwell Broker In Investigation

Alain J. Florestan of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Caldwell International Securities has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a Default Decision containing findings that (1) Florestan made unsuitable investment recommendations to customers and (2) Florestan failed to cooperate in […]

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Cetera Sanctioned For Failure To Supervise

Cetera Advisor Networks LLC a brokerage firm headquartered in El Segundo California has been censured and fined $700,000.00 founded on allegations that the firm neglected to supervise a registered representative who made unsuitable trades and mutual fund switches in customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2014040951702 (Dec. 19, 2018). According to the […]

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Ameriprise Sued By Investor For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Scott Allen Edwards of Minneapolis Minnesota a stockbroker currently registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which customers were awarded $13,652.29 in compensatory damages based on Edwards having been found liable on the customers’ claims that (1) Edwards negligently transacted in the customers’ accounts […]

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Merrill Lynch Sued By Investors For Failure To Supervise

Michael C. Rodriguez of Dallas Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been named in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $475,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Merrill Lynch or Rodriguez failed to supervise unit investment trust transactions that were placed in the customer’s […]

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Royal Alliance Supervisors Suspended For Failure To Supervise

December 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

James Edward Armstrong Sr. and his son James Edward Armstrong Jr. both of Wake Forest North Carolina and stockbrokers formerly registered with Royal Alliance Associates Inc. were fined and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that they failed to adequately supervise a […]

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Wedbush Chairman Investigated For Securities Fraud

December 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Edward William Wedbush of New York New York the President and Chairman of Wedbush Inc. (the parent company of Wedbush Securities Inc.) and registered representative of Wedbush Securities Inc. and Lime Brokerage LLC has been named in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Wells Notice in which FINRA made an initial decision to advise that […]

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Investors Sue Laidlaw For Private Placement Fraud

Kevin Richard Wilson of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $2,000,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that between 2010 and 2017, private placements sold to the customer were not appropriate. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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FINRA Expels Sandlapper Securities For Fraud

Sandlapper Securities LLC a broker dealer headquartered in Greenville South Carolina and Trevor Gordon (its majority owner and Chief Executive Officer) and Jack Bixler (its Chief Executive Officer) have been sanctioned by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) according to a FINRA Office of Hearing Officers Extended Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that (1) Sandlapper Securities […]

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Stockbroker Misconduct Continues to Plague Investors

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released its 2018 Examination Report, showing the areas in which the regulator has taken  some form of enforcement action against brokerage firms to prevent them from taking advantage of their customers, and to “better protect investors and maintain the integrity of the markets.” The Recommendation of Unsuitable Investments First, on […]

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Shearson Financial Broker Fined For Mismarking Orders

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Philip Jay Patlis of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Shearson Financial Services LLC has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Patlis falsely represented that transactions executed in customer accounts were not solicited. Letter of […]

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FINRA Bars Legend Securities CEO For In Investigation

Anthony Fusco of New York New York the Chief Executive Officer of Legend Securities Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he failed to cooperate in FINRA’s investigation into accusations that he failed to supervise the firm’s brokers. Letter […]

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Woodbridge Victims File Claims Against Quest Capital

November 29, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, FINRA Securities Arbitration, Selling Away   |   0 Comments

Frank Roland Dietrich, of Lake Forrest, California, formerly associated with Quest Capital Strategies, Inc. was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in connection with the sale of Woodbridge Group related securities. Letter of Acceptance Waiver & Consent, No. 2018057197801 (November 26, 2018). Dietrich, betwen 2013 and 2017, was found to have solicited fifty eight […]

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Commonwealth Financial Disciplined Excessive Fees

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Mutual Fund Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Commonwealth Financial Network a brokerage firm headquartered in Waltham Massachusetts has been censured by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) supported by accusations that the firm excessively charged customers on mutual fund transactions by failing to apply discounts for the customers that were eligible for them. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2016049975901 (Nov. 9, […]

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FINRA Censures D.A. Davidson Co. For Overcharging Customers

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Mutual Fund Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

D.A. Davidson Co. a brokerage firm headquartered in Great Falls Montana has been censured by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon consenting to findings that it (1) overcharged customers by failing to apply sales charges waivers and (2) failed to supervise its mutual fund transactions to ensure that eligible customers received applicable discounts. Letter […]

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ProEquities Sued By Investors For Fraud

Bradley John Freimark of Otsego Minnesota a stockbroker formerly registered with ProEquities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $100,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) misrepresentations were made to the customer and (2) the customer’s assets were inappropriately invested in D&L Energy 2010 Ltd. – […]

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Avalon Censured By FINRA For Failure To Supervise Annuities

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Avalon Investment Securities Group a brokerage firm headquartered in Muscle Shoals Alabama has been censured and fined by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) supported by allegations that the firm had failed to supervise its brokers’ sales of variable annuity products. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2016047823901 (Oct. 25, 2018). According to the AWC, […]

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JP Morgan Continues to Bilk Clients For Fees

November 03, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Bank robbery, Failure To Supervise   |   0 Comments

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC a broker-dealer headquartered in New York New York has been censured and fined by FINRA based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it harmed customers by charging them erroneous fees. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2017053493101 (Oct. 18, 2018). According to the AWC, in 2012, a vendor was […]

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Maxim Group Censured For Failure To Supervise UIT Sales

Maxim Group LLC a brokerage firm headquartered in New York New York has been censured and fined $65,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to supervise its stockbrokers’ recommendations of unit investment trusts to ensure that they were not unsuitable for customers. Letter of Acceptance […]

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Raymond James Broker Barred In Investigation

Woodley Hannon Bagwell of Montgomery Alabama a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by accusations that he failed to honor FINRA’s requests for Bagwell’s information. Letter No. 20160520299901 (September 18, 2017). FINRA Public Disclosure confirms that […]

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Merrill Lynch Sued For Mutual Fund Fraud

Alex Jose Gierbolini of Guaynabo Puerto Rico a stockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $265,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer and mutual fund transactions were placed in the […]

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CIM Securities Censured By FINRA For Failure To Supervise

CIM Securities LLC (also known as Brookline Capital Markets) a brokerage firm headquartered in Centennial Colorado has been censured and fined $15,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that its failed to supervise three registered representatives’ private securities transactions. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2017052070001 . […]

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Newbridge Securities Accused Of Bad Bond Recommendations

Maxim Yutsis of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Newbridge Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 30, 2017 where the customer requested $264,796.00 in damages founded on accusations that Yutsis placed the customer in unsuitable corporate debt investments which caused the customer to incur […]

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Hennion Walsh Sued By Customers For Bad Advice

William Hennion of Parsippany New Jersey the current vice president of Hennion Walsh Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $50,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that inappropriate municipal debt investment recommendations had been made to the customer. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. 18-01082 (Mar. […]

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Bankers Life Blamed For Unauthorized Annuity Purchase

Kevin Paul Lemmon of Baton Rouge Louisiana a stockbroker currently registered with Bankers Life Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 18, 2017 where the customer sought compensatory damages supported by accusations that Lemmon effected the unauthorized purchase of a fixed annuity. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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William H. Murphy Co. Fined For Failure To Supervise

William H. Murphy Co. Inc. a broker-dealer headquartered in Houston Texas and William H. Murphy (president and chief compliance officer) are subject of a National Adjudicatory Council Decision which affirmed FINRA’s Extended Hearing Panel’s findings that the firm effected unregistered and non-exempt securities transactions and failed to supervise the firm’s business practices to ensure compliance […]

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FINRA Fines Lincoln For Failure To Supervise Annuities

October 04, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Lincoln Investment a brokerage firm with headquarters in Fort Washington Pennsylvania has been censured and fined $35,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based on consenting to findings that it failed to supervise the rates in which registered representatives made variable annuity exchanges. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2017052410201 (Sept. 25, 2018). According […]

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Cadaret Grant Sanctioned By SEC For Failure To Supervise

Cadaret Grant Co. Inc. a broker-dealer headquartered in Syracuse New York along with its president Arthur Grant and chief compliance officer Beda Lee Johnson and stockbroker Eugene James Long have been named in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Order Instituting Administrative and Cease-and-Desist Proceedings containing findings of the firm’s failure to supervise its representatives’ […]

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Oppenheimer Sued By Investors For Fraud

Michael Howard Rosenmayer of Los Angeles California a stockbroker currently registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $300,000.00 in damages supported by accusations including (1) omissions and misrepresentation (2) violation of California Securities Act (3) elder abuse (4) negligence (5) breach of […]

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Citigroup Censured By FINRA For Failure To Supervise

September 28, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Mutual Fund Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. a broker-dealer headquartered in New York New York has been censured and fined by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it took advantage of customers by overcharging them on mutual fund purchases. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2016049977601 (Sept. 7, 2018). According […]

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Investors Sue Joseph Stone Capital For Fraud

Sebastian Wyczawski of Holbrook New York a stockbroker currently employed by Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages supported by accusations including (1) breach of fiduciary duty (2) breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing (3) misrepresentation (4) […]

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FINRA Fines Securities America For Failure To Supervise

September 28, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Securities America Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in La Vista, Nebraska, has been censured and fined $175,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to supervise variable annuity recommendations made by the registered representatives of the firm. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2016048243101 (Sept. […]

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FINRA Suspends LPL Broker For Outside Business Activities

Robert Matthew Krieger of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by LPL Financial LLC has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he engaged in outside business activities without disclosing them to LPL Financial. Letter of […]

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Lincoln Investment Planning Censured For Failure To Supervise

September 27, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Lincoln Investment Planning LLC a brokerage firm headquartered in Fort Washington Pennsylvania has been censured by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to supervise the firm’s mutual fund sales practices which caused customers to be excessively charged. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2017053723701 (Sept. […]

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Berthel Fisher Sued For Bad Investments

Steve Jeffrey Cummings of Fort Deposit Alabama a stockbroker formerly employed by Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $300,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) Cummings misled the customer concerning direct investment products (2) Cummings placed the customer in inappropriate […]

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Cadaret Grant Fined For Failure To Supervise

Cadaret Grant Co. Inc. is a FINRA member broker firm headquartered in Syracuse New York who has been censured and fined $800,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based on consenting to findings that it (1) failed to supervise its business practices with a view towards detecting and preventing bad investment recommendations (2) failed to […]

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SunTrust Sued For Bad Investments

Todd Joseph Thompson of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with SunTrust Investment Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $40,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) Thompson executed transactions in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the customer and (2) SunTrust Investment […]

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Santander Sued By Investor For Fraud

William K. Tress (also known as William K. Tress Garcia) of Dorchester Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly employed by Santander Securities is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $111,522.41 in damages based upon accusations including (1) gross negligence (2) breach of contract (3) failure to supervise (4) breach […]

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Primex Chief Executive Officer Investigated By FINRA

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Wilfredo Felix Jr. of New York New York the chief executive officer of Primex is the subject of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation into accusations that Felix violated FINRA and NASD Rules pertaining to the supervision of business practices. FINRA’s investigation reveals that Felix may have failed to provide FINRA with a response […]

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SW Financial Sued By Investor For Churning

Joseph Lianzo of Melville New York a stockbroker currently registered with SW Financial is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $108,215.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) contractual obligations to the customer were breached (2) unauthorized trades were executed in the customer’s account (3) the customer’s account […]

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Investors Sue WFG Investments For Failure To Supervise

Wilson Henry Williams of Dallas Texas a stockbroker and principal registered with WFG Investments Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $236,081.00 in damages supported by accusations of the failure to supervise the customer’s investments in direct participation program or limited partnership interests. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority […]

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FINRA Fines World Equity Group For Failure To Supervise

World Equity Group Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in Arlington Heights Illinois has been censured and fined $100,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) supported by accusations that the company failed to supervise its registered representatives’ variable annuities recommendations to ensure that they were suitable for customers in compliance with securities regulations and FINRA Rules. […]

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Kestra Accused By Investors Of Selling Bad Investments

Donald A. Lueke of Kansas City Missouri a stockbroker formerly employed by Kestra Investment Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $25,000.00 on May 15, 2018 founded on allegations that (1) the customer was placed into business development company group companies that were inappropriate for the […]

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Ameriprise Accused By Investor Of Failure To Supervise

August 25, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

John Nicholas Matson of Los Angeles California a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on March 8, 2017 in which the customer requested $33,685.00 in damages supported by allegations that Matson failed to supervise and appropriately manage the customer’s assets which caused the […]

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Investors Sue Investment Architects For Excessive Trading

Glen David Haddock of Petaluma California the President of Investment Architects Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $1,250,000.00 in compensatory damages and $2,500,000.00 in punitive damages supported by allegations that the firm failed to prevent excessive trading in the customer’s account between 2004 and […]

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Investor Sues National Planning For Misrepresentation

August 25, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Gary Stephen Radler of West Hartford Connecticut a stockbroker formerly employed by National Planning Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related civil action which was resolved for $272,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that misrepresentations had been made to the customers concerning the collateralization and other terms and conditions of life insurance policies […]

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Morgan Stanley Sued By Customer For Failure To Supervise

Richard Joseph Less Jr. of Fairfield New Jersey a branch manager currently registered with Morgan Stanley is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $2,193,015.00 in damages supported by allegations of the failure to supervise an advisor’s management of transactions effected in a customer’s investment account between […]

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Investors Sue Gould Ambroson For Failure To Detect Theft

Jay Allan Ambroson of Garden City New York the president and chief compliance officer of Gould Ambroson Associates Ltd. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $970,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that Ambroson was liable for negligent supervision and conversion of the customer’s funds relating to the […]

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Investors Accuse Cetera of Fraud And Misrepresentation

Mark Angelo Senofonte of Edison New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with Cetera Investment Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on June 12, 2018 where the customer requested $12,500.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) unsuitable real estate security transactions were executed int the customer’s account (2) […]

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Ameriprise Stockbroker Fired For Ignoring Suspension

August 17, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Barbara Jean Hedblom of Edina Minnesota a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. has been terminated on June 27, 2018 based upon allegations that Hedblom resigned during the time that she had been suspended for not complying with the firm’s imposition of a disciplinary action. Hedblom was apparently placed on heightened supervision but […]

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Investors Sue Wells Fargo For Bad ETF Sales

Jamie Roger Meehan of Fort Lauderdale Florida a stockbroker currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $120,000.00 in damages founded on accusations of unsuitable exchange-traded fund recommendations having been made to the customer. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. […]

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Thrivent Censured By FINRA For Overcharging Customers

Thrivent Investment Management, Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in Minneapolis Minnesota has been censured by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to supervise mutual fund sales with a view towards ensuring customers obtained breakpoint discounts and sales charge waivers. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. […]

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Stockbroker Theft Costs Ameriprise $4.5 million

August 17, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Theft   |   0 Comments

My stockbroker stole my money. Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. will pay $4.5 million to the United States Securities & Exchange Commission to settle charges that it failed to safeguard retail investor assets from theft by its representatives. Ameriprise Financial Services provides brokerage services to customers and advisory clients through a national network of approximately 9,700 […]

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Massachusetts Residents Defrauded In UIT Scheme

An Enforcement Action was commenced against StockCross Financial Services, Inc. and one of its registered representatives, Peter Edward Cunningham by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Securities Division for fraud in connection with the sale of securities and the violation of the Massachusetts Uniform Securities. StockCross is a registered securities […]

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Investors Sue Cherry Hill Stockbroker For Misconduct

Andrew Jack Cohen of Cherry Hill New Jersey a stockbroker currently employed by Questar Capital Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages founded on allegations of (1) breach of fiduciary duty (2) violation of Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law […]

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LM Kohn Sued By Customer For Failure To Supervise

July 31, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Dainforth Baker French Jr. of Troy Michigan a stockbroker currently employed by L.M. Kohn Company is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $33,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of the mismanagement of the customer’s investment account and the failure of the firm to supervise transactions effected in […]

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Royal Alliance Fined By FINRA For Failure To Supervise

Royal Alliance Associates Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in New York New York has been censured and fined $350,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it (1) failed to supervise and train its registered representatives regarding their multi-share class variable annuity sales and (2) ineffectively supervised the […]

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SII Investments Sanctioned For Failure To Supervise

SII Investments Inc. a broker-dealer headquartered in Appleton Wisconsin has been censured and fined $325,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that the firm (1) failed to supervise its registered representatives’ variable annuity recommendations to customers and (2) failed to supervise its unit investment trust business to ensure […]

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