By Bill Singer
The FINRA February disciplinary cases are hot off the press --- or at least just started to flicker their pixels online --- and inveterate regulatory pundit Bill Singer has read each and every one, and culled the more interesting for your consideration. For the full 2009 survey to date, visit http://www.rrbdlaw.com/RegulatoryLinks/CASESOFNOTE/NASD/2009.htm
Among the Cases of Note that Bill posted for this month are these:
An Initial Reaction
Diane Jo Savage altered a subscription agreement by signing a customer's initials on the agreement after the customer had failed to initial one section of the agreement. It's a common industry short-cut, but it still got her a $5,000 fine and a three day suspension.Borrowed Time
Yvonne Yuliene Russell loaned $150,830 to a firm customer and was fined $10,000 and suspended for 30 days (including an outside business activity violation). No...that's not a typo--the broker loaned money to a client. It can still be a violation.d 30 business days in all capacities
Clifford Michael Jensen made excessive and unsuitable securities transactions in a client account resulting in losses of $32,000 to the customer and generating gross commissions of $49,000. That must have been one hell of a trading strategy. The additional cost to Jensen was a $10,000 fine and a three-month suspension
Randle Wayne Farrar Jr. forged his supervisor's signature on checks made payable to Farrar or to his creditors, and misappropriated $14,739.03 from his supervisor's business checking account. Not surprisingly, he was barred.
Troy Eric Brown, Larry Michael Cole, and Jeffrey David Swanson allowed a subordinate to complete the Firm Element training programs for them by completing the modules and taking the applicable proficiency tests using their user IDs and passwords. Not to be outdone, Michael Alvin Callaway allowed a subordinate to complete firm training programs, including Firm Element training, for him by completing the modules and taking the applicable proficiency tests using his User ID and password. Also, Callaway condoned allowing associates to complete firm training, including Firm Element training, for members of his business unit. Brown and Cole were each fined $5,000 and suspended for 10 business days; Swanson was fined $5,000 and suspended for 30 business days; and Callaway was fined $5,000 and suspended for three months.
Ching Yang Aul created and submitted falsified Letters of Authorization (LOAs) to his member firm that bore forged customer signatures requesting that the firm transfer $1.5 million from the customers' accounts to acquaintances of Aul, who then transferred the funds to Aul (who used the funds for personal expenses including paying off large gambling debts). FINRA barred Aul.PAUSE
AXA Advisors, LLC was censured and fined $350,000
"FINRA found that the deficiencies did not result in the firm's failure to produce emails that were material to any regulatory investigation or legal proceeding."
READ ALL OF BILL SINGER'S CASES OF NOTE AT http://www.rrbdlaw.com/RegulatoryLinks/CASESOFNOTE/NASD/2009.htm