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Brokers Mortally Wounded by Shooting Blanks
by Howard Haykin
CASE ONE. A ProEquities broker ... with 30 years’ experience with 4 firms, agreed to a $5K fine and a 3-month suspension.
From 2013 through mid-2016, the broker maintained customer-signed but otherwise blank forms for approximately 130 clients to submit to ProEquities in connection with mutual fund exchanges. The pre-signed forms, which were Mutual Fund Investor Acknowledgements and Universal Switch Letters, were completed and submitted to the firm following execution of the transactions. The broker’s actions were in violation of ProEquities WSPs and he was promptly U5’d for his conduct. [April 2018, FINRA Case #2016050244501]
CASE TWO. An Edward Jones broker, with 5 years’ experience with 2 firms, agreed to a $5K fine and a 2-month suspension.
From June 2013 to June 2016, the broker used or permitted her office administrator to use customer-signed blank and incomplete forms, along with photocopied customer signatures, to open customer accounts, record customer financial information and authorize customer transactions. The broker or her office administrator then completed the forms and submitted them to Edward Jones as original documents. This violative conduct involved at least 15 customers and 40 documents over the 3-year period. [January 2018, FINRA Case #2016051104501]
For details on these cases, go to ... FINRA Disciplinary Actions Online, and refer to the respective AWC Number.