Clifford Morgan of Chesterton, Indiana submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for allegedly participating in numerous unauthorized business activities. Mr. Morgan first became associated with FINRA in January 2004 as an Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative, a State Securities Agent, and a General Securities Representative (GSR). From January 2007 through December 2014, Mr. Morgan was associated with FINRA member firm Uhlmann Price Securities (Uhlmann Price).
FINRA found that between November 2011 and December 2014, while associated with Uhlmann Price, Mr. Morgan participated in private securities transactions without written approval from his member firm. Additionally FINRA alleged that Mr. Morgan made material misrepresentations to Uhlmannn Price customers and also failed to comply with FINRA’s requests for information regarding the allegations.
For approximately a year (September 2013-August 2014) Mr. Morgan allegedly referred 20 people to invest in promissory notes in a private trading and financial services company. The referrals totaled to approximately $1.8 million in promissory notes. Mr. Morgan allegedly purchased more than $200,000 of the notes for himself without providing Uhlmann Price written notice or approval of these transactions.
On two other occasions FINRA found that Mr. Morgan participated in undisclosed private securities transactions. In March 2012, Mr. Morgan allegedly solicited a Uhlmann Price customer to invest $25,000 in return for equity stake in a corporate entity Mr. Morgan was affiliated with. Additionally, in May 2013, Mr. Morgan allegedly referred another Uhlmann Price Customer to invest $30,000 in a convertible promissory note. FINRA alleged that Mr. Morgan did not receive written authorization to execute any of these outside business activities and therefore violated NASD Rule 3040.
In addition to the undisclosed business activities, FINRA also found that Mr. Morgan made several material misrepresentations. FINRA found that Mr. Morgan made material misrepresentations and omissions to potential investors though a document he provided to future clients. The document allegedly falsely stated the transaction history of a corporate entity, overstated its revenue, and inaccurately projected high returns with low risk. These alleged misrepresentations show that Mr. Morgan didn’t observe a high standard of commercial honor and therefore violated FINRA Rule 2010.
Without admitting or denying the FINRA findings, Mr. Morgan agreed to the FINRA 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 such as Uhlmann Price Securities 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 Uhlmann Price Securities 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 Uhlmann Price Securities, which should consistently oversee its employees in order to prevent stockbroker misconduct.
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