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Former Transamerica Financial Advisors Representative Suspended for Numerous Violations

Gary Saitowitz, of Marietta, Georgia, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he was fined $10,000, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay $11,455 plus interest in restitution to a customer for several violations related to the sale of non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Gary Saitowitz, a former registered representative with Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. (Transamerica) was found by FINRA to have recommended that four customers, including a senior citizen, allocate unsuitable amounts of their assets in non-traded REITs. As a result of Mr. Saitowitz’ recommendations, the customers’ accounts were allegedly overconcentrated and therefore unsuitable in light of their investment goals and risk tolerances.  FINRA also alleged that Mr. Saitowitz tried to circumvent the firm’s concentration limits on the amount of a customer’s liquid assets that could be invested in non-traded REITs by overstating the liquid net worth of certain customers. 

Without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, Gary Saitowitz was assessed a deferred fine of $10,000, suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 18 months, and ordered to pay $11,455 plus interest in restitution to a customer.  The suspension is in effect from January 3, 2017 through July 2, 2018.

FINRA rules require brokerage firms to establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system to protect customers from the risks associated with investing. The implementation of the rules requires supervisors to monitor their employees to ensure compliance with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, as well as the brokerage firm’s own policies and procedures. If broker-dealers and/or their supervisors fail to establish and implement these protective measures, they may be held liable to account holders for investment losses which stem from their employees’ misconduct. Therefore, investors who have suffered losses due to a brokerage firm’s failure to supervise the unsuitable recommendations or misconduct of its representatives can bring forth claims to recover damages against firms, like Transamerica Financial Advisors, which have a duty to supervise employees in order to protect their customers’ interests.

Have you suffered losses in your Transamerica Financial Advisors account due to unsuitable investment recommendations 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 Transamerica Financial Advisors stockbrokers who may have engaged in 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.