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Jack Kelly Barred by FINRA for Converting Customer Funds

Jack Richard Kelly, a former Millington, Tennessee-based registered principal employed by Duluth, Georgia-based PFS Investments Inc. 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 converted a total of $85,000 from customers. FINRA’s findings stated that a customer gave Mr. Kelly checks totaling $40,000 to be invested in a fund that Mr. Kelly had represented would provide 7% interest. The $40,000 in funds had been liquidated from a trust account held at Mr. Kelly’s firm that was intended to provide for the customer’s disabled sister. Rather than investing the $40,000 in the purported high-yield investment, Mr. Kelly converted the funds to his personal use. FINRA’s findings also stated that an elderly customer gave Mr. Kelly a total of $45,000 to be invested in the 7 percent investment, but Mr. Kelly again converted the funds to his personal use. As a result of his conduct, Mr. Kelly 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 conversion and/or other types of misconduct by their broker or registered representative can bring forth claims to recover damages against broker-dealers like PFS Investments, which have a duty to oversee its employees in order to prevent these types of stockbroker misconduct.

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