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FINRA Accuses Bruce Supanik of Misappropriating Customer’s Funds

Bruce Francis Supanik, a former Miami, Florida-based registered representative employed by Cincinnati, Ohio-based The O.N. Equity Sales Company, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the entry of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that he failed to provide documents and information FINRA had requested and failed to appear and provide on-the-record testimony in relation to the events surrounding his member firm’s termination of his employment for allegations that he transferred the balance of a customer’s account. The balance was allegedly transferred to the joint checking account he shared with the customer and totaled $506,450.32. According to FINRA, Mr. Supanik then withdrew the balance from the joint checking account and deposited it into his personal bank account. FINRA stated that in view of Mr. Supanik’s failure to comply with FINRA’s requests for documents, information, and testimony, he hindered FINRA’s ability to fully investigate the matters at issue in this investigation. Mr. Supanik was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity.

Stockbrokers, registered representatives, and other financial industry personnel have been known to engage in many types of fraud and other violations of industry rules, practices, and procedures. In order to protect customers from broker misconduct, FINRA rules require broker-dealers to establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system. The implementation of the rules requires supervisors to monitor employees to ensure they comply with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, as well as the brokerage firm’s own policies and procedures. If broker-dealers and their supervisors do not establish and implement such protective measures, they may be a liable to account holders for damages flowing from the misconduct. As a result, account holders who have suffered losses stemming from misappropriations by their broker or registered representative can bring forth claims to recover damages against broker-dealers like The O.N. Equity Sales Company, which have a duty to oversee its employees in order to prevent these types of stockbroker misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your O.N. Equity Sales Company investment account due to your registered representative or stockbroker’s misconduct? If so, call Robert Pearce at the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. for a free consultation. Mr. Pearce is accepting clients with valid claims against stockbrokers for misappropriations, unsuitable recommendations, misrepresentations, and/or other unauthorized and illegal conduct.

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