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Huntington Investment Representative Barred for Misappropriating Client Funds

Bryan Carnahan of Gahanna, Ohio submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to The Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for allegedly misappropriating and converting client funds for which he later used for his own personal use.

Carnahan first became registered in the securities industry as an Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts Representative through a FINRA-registered firm in August 1998. In December 1998, Carnahan became registered though The Huntington Investment Company (Huntington) and remained there until his termination in March 2015.

FINRA alleged that between September 2013 and March 2015, Carnahan misappropriated approximately $169,500 from a Huntington customer. Then, FINRA found that Carnahan used those misappropriated funds and deposited approximately $149,000 into accounts of clients of his who had suffered investment losses.

Carnahan, on five occasions, allegedly transferred a total of $169,500 from one of his client’s brokerage accounts to their Huntington bank account. When the client’s funds were transferred, FINRA alleged that Carnahan then instructed the client to withdraw those funds and obtain cashier’s checks for investment opportunities. Carnahan then fraudulently caused the cashier’s checks to be re-issued to the accounts of at least 13 of Carnahan’s clients who had suffered investment losses. In doing so, FINRA found that Carnhan violated FINRA Rules 2150 and 2010 for not having a high standard of commercial honor and using a client’s money for his own personal use.

Without admitting or denying the FINRA findings, Carnaham agreed to the sanctions and 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 like Huntington Investment to not only establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system but enforce their rules, policies and procedures. 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 firms, such Huntington Investment own policies and procedures. If broker dealers and/or their supervisors do not establish, implement and enforce 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 Huntington Investment, which should consistently oversee its employees in order to prevent stockbroker misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your Huntington 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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