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Banker Terminated After ‘Hosing’ PricewaterhouseCoopers for $116K
by Howard Haykin
WHAT WENT WRONG. From March 2013 until July 2015, the young man worked for JPMorgan Securities as an Investment Banking Representative. In September 2015, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers and later also registered as a General Securities Representative with the Firm. Upon joining PwC, the banker was issued a corporate credit card to use while conducting Firm business.
According to FINRA, over the next 13 months, he falsified approximately 50 expense reports, in which he improperly sought reimbursement for a total of 1,319 personal expenses for approximately $116,400. In all instances, the personal expense items were mischaracterized as related to "Learning & Education" when, in fact, he did not incur these expenses in connection with learning, training, education or any other reimbursable business purpose under PWC's policies. Instead, the submissions were for such personal expenditures as:
- personal trips taken to Greece, France and Jamaica; and,
- personal expenditures on such items as wine and liquor, services at nail salons and spas, dry cleaning, and purchases at various drugstores.
This case was reported in FINRA Disciplinary Actions for February 2019.
For further details, go to ... FINRA Disciplinary Actions Online, and refer to Case #2016052530302.