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Ameriprise Representative Bart Ellis Barred for Unauthorized Trades and Falsifications

Bart Ellis of Chicago, Illinois was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for making trades without a customer’s permission, falsifying customer documents and for failing to provide testimony by the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). After entering the securities industry in 2001, Ellis was a representative for Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. from November 2007 until his termination in October 2012 for violating company policy.

FINRA alleged that Ellis completed several trades in a customer’s account without discussing he trades prior to their execution. Specifically between 2009 and August 2012 Ellis allegedly made routine trades in the clients’ accounts without ever discussing the activities. While the customer allowed him access to his accounts due to trust, she never put in writing that Ellis could freely make trades in her account without any notice. FINRA found that these actions did not demonstrate high standards of commercial honor and were therefore in violation of NASD Rule 2510 and FINRA Rule 2010.

In addition, FINRA found that Ellis falsified the customer’s account records that he had authorization to execute the various account trades. Ellis allegedly created a false computer log of telephone calls with his customer when he found out that Ameriprise was notified of his unauthorized trades. FINRA claimed that these telephone records which were an attempt to cover up his trading violations, were unethical and further violated FINRA Rule 2010.

Lastly, Ellis failed to appear and provide testimony about his trading in the customers Ameriprise account and therefore violated FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010.

For all of these alleged violations, Ellis was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity.

Stockbrokers have been known to engage in many types of practices which violate industry and firm rules, practices, and procedures. In order to protect customers from stockbroker misconduct, FINRA rules require broker-dealers Ameriprise to establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system. The implementation of the rules require supervisors to monitor employees to ensure they comply with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, and the firm, such as Ameriprise own policies and procedures. If broker dealers and/or their supervisors do not establish and implement these protective measures, they may be liable to investors for damages which flow from the misconduct. As a result, investors who have suffered losses because of their stockbroker’s unlawful or prohibited conduct can file a claim to recover damages against broker dealers like Ameriprise, which should consistently oversee its employees in order to prevent stockbroker misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your Ameriprise investment account due to your 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 unsuitable recommendations, misrepresentations, and/or other unauthorized and prohibited conduct.

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