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Former LPL Financial Broker Suspended for Unsuitable UIT Recommendations

Mark Tauzin, a former registered representative with LPL Financial LLC submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) in which he was suspended and assessed a deferred fine of $20,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for engaging in unsuitable short-term trading of front-loaded Unit Investment Trusts (UITs) which resulted in sales charges to the customers of more than $316,000.

According to FINRA, Mark Tauzin, of Lafayette, Louisiana, effected 215 UIT transactions in the accounts of 14 households that were sold within a 12 month time period.  UITs are not designed to be used as trading investments, particularly not to be used for short-term trading, and typically carry significant upfront charges.  As a result of Mr. Tauzin’s unsuitable UIT transactions, the customers incurred sales charges of $316,840.50 and Mr. Tauzin received $205,115.02 in commissions.

Without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, Mr. Tauzin was assessed a deferred fine of $20,000, a suspension of eight months, and ordered him to pay a deferred disgorgement of $205,115.02 plus interest to the affected customers.

Stockbrokers have been known to engage in many types of practices that may be in violation of industry and firm rules, practices, and procedures.  In order to protect investors from stockbroker misconduct, FINRA rules require brokerage firms 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 brokerage firm’s own policies and procedures.  If broker-dealers and their supervisors fail to establish and implement these protective measures, they may be liable to investors for damages flowing from the misconduct. Therefore, investors who have suffered losses stemming from unsuitable recommendations, unsuitable trades and/or other misconduct by their broker can bring forth claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like LPL Financial, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described prohibited conduct.

Have you suffered losses in your LPL Financial account due to unsuitable trades and/or unnecessary sales charges by your broker?  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 LPL Financial stockbrokers who may have engaged in broker misconduct and caused investors’ losses.

The most important of investors’ rights is the right to be informed!  This Investors’ Rights blog post is by the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida.  For over 35 years, Attorney Pearce has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of disputes involving complex securities, commodities and investment law issues.  The lawyers at our law firm are devoted to protecting investors’ rights throughout the United States and internationally!  Please visit our website, www.secatty.com, post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, or email Mr. Pearce at pearce@rwpearce.com for answers to any of your questions about this blog post and/or any related matter.