Farrukh Shazad Kazmi of Moorestown New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services Inc. has been fined $20,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that (1) Kazmi made unauthorized trades in customer accounts (2) Kazmi falsified his statements to the firm and to FINRA personnel in the course of their inquiries into Kazmi’s activities and (3) Kazmi effected the sale of equities to an unauthorized person.

According to the Decision, while Kazmi was employed by Berthel Fisher, the firm’s written supervisory procedures disallowed brokers from engaging in discretionary trading absent authorization from both the firm and the customer in writing. Apparently, Kazmi exercised discretion in the accounts of customers ZR, NT, PD, MK, SF and KP despite never having procured the customers’ written authorization. The Decision stated that the firm also never approved of the customers’ accounts for purposes of Kazmi’s discretionary trading.

The Decision further revealed that compliance questionnaires had been submitted by Kazmi on three different occasions in which he represented that he did not communicate with customers utilizing unauthorized channels. Apparently; however, Kazmi corresponded with eleven customers outside the firm’s auspices. Additionally, Kazmi reportedly represented to the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer that he never made discretionary trades in customer accounts besides those uncovered in a letter from the Chief Compliance Officer.

Moreover, the Decision stated that Kazmi executed thirty-six initial public offerings transactions for a customer, IBM who was affiliated with another brokerage firm. Apparently, Kazmi obtained more than $10,000.00 in compensation for effecting the unauthorized purchases and sales for IMB.

FINRA found Kazmi’s conduct violative of FINRA Rules 2010, 5130(a)(1), 4511, 3110 and NASD Conduct Rules 2510(b).

FINRA Public Disclosure also confirms that Kazmi has been terminated from at least two prior brokerage firm employers supported by accusations of his wrongdoing on the job. In particular, Kazmi was previously employed with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, who discharged Kazmi based upon allegations of his mishandling of customer orders. Then, Kazmi was associated with Sterne Agee Financial Services Inc., but discharged based on Sterne Agee’s accusations that without the firm’s approval, Kazmi raised capital for an outside company.

Kazmi has been registered with Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services Inc. since January 5, 2010.

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