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Morgan Stanley Broker Suspended by FINRA for Falsifying Customer Account Documents

Byron A. Echeverria, a General Securities Representative formerly employed with the Houston, Texas branch of Morgan Stanley, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent in which he consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the described sanctions and the entry of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that he falsified customer account documents without the customers’ knowledge.

FINRA’s findings state that Byron A. Echeverria, of Katy, Texas, falsified ten documents related to ten customer accounts. Some of the falsified documents included disclosure forms, transfer forms and IRA distribution forms. Mr. Echeverria allegedly re-used original customer signatures from previously executed documents, recycled customers’ signed signature pages from expired forms, affixed customer initials to handwritten changes, and altered tax withholding amounts in order to expedite transactions. None of the customers were aware of the altered forms or that their signatures had been affixed by Mr. Echeverria.

For violating FINRA Rule 2010, which requires registered representatives to “observe high standards of commercial honor,” Mr. Echeverria was suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for three months. The suspension is in effect from March 21, 2016 through June 20, 2016.

Stockbrokers, registered representatives, and other financial professionals have been known to engage in many types of fraudulent and prohibited behavior which violate industry rules and procedures. In order to protect investors from such misconduct, FINRA rules require broker-dealers to establish and implement a supervisory system in order to safeguard customer assets. If broker-dealers and their supervisors do not establish and implement these protective measures, they may be liable to account holders for investment losses. As a result, account holders who have suffered losses stemming from a registered representative’s misconduct can file a claim to recover damages against broker-dealers, like Morgan Stanley, which have a duty to supervise its employees in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your Morgan Stanley account due to falsified account documents or other stockbroker 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 Morgan Stanley stockbrokers who may have engaged in misconduct and caused investors losses.

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