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Former NYLIFE Securities Broker Barred by FINRA for Converting Funds of an Elderly Investor

William Robert Kinyon, a former registered representative with the Castleford, Idaho branch of NYLIFE Securities LLC (NYLIFE Securities) 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 funds from an elderly customer’s account for personal use.

According to FINRA, William Kinyon’s elderly brokerage customer told him that she wanted to deposit $3,000 into one of her variable annuity accounts. Mr. Kinyon, however, deposited the check into his personal checking account and allegedly used the funds to make multiple personal purchases at stores such as Walmart and Costco.

Mr. Kinyon’s conversion of his customer’s funds was a violation of FINRA Rule 2150(a) which prohibits FINRA members from making “improper use of a customer’s securities or funds.” Consequently, William Kinyon, of Castleford, Idaho, was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity.

Stockbrokers and other financial industry professionals have been known to engage in many types of fraudulent behavior, such as conversion of funds. In order to protect investors from stockbroker misconduct, FINRA rules require brokerage firms to establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system. These rules require 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 brokerage firms and their supervisors do not establish and implement these protective measures, they may be held liable to account holders for losses flowing from the misconduct. As a result, investors who have suffered losses due to a broker or registered representative’s conversion or other fraudulent and unlawful misconduct can bring forth claims to recover damages against broker-dealers like NYLIFE Securities, which have a duty to supervise its employees in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your NYLIFE Securities investment account due to your stockbroker’s fraudulent and/or unlawful 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 financial professionals for unsuitable recommendations, conversion of funds, mismanagement of accounts, and/or other unauthorized and illegal conduct.

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