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BB&T Broker Suspended by FINRA for Unauthorized Securities Transactions

Mark Schklar, a former broker with BB&T Securities, LLC (BB&T), submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) in which he consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that he participated in unauthorized private securities transactions.

FINRA found that Mark Schklar, of Eagleville, Tennessee, recommended and facilitated the sale of 8,000,000 shares in a company that manufactured equipment for growing marijuana to four investors for total proceeds of $285,250.  Mr. Schklar failed to provide the required notice to his member firm of his participation in the private securities transactions, nor did he receive the necessary approval from his firm to engage in the securities transactions.  Mr. Schklar was assessed a deferred fine of $10,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for eight months.   The suspension is in effect from March 20, 2017 through November 19, 2017.

Stockbrokers, registered representatives, and other financial industry professionals have been known to engage in many types of misconduct which are in violation of industry rules and procedures.  In order to protect customers from such misconduct, FINRA rules require brokerage firms to establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system.  The implementation of the rules requires supervisors to monitor its 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 their supervisors fail to establish and implement these protective measures, they may be held liable to account holders for losses flowing from the employees’ misconduct.  As a result, account holders who have suffered losses stemming from unauthorized securities transactions or other misconduct by their broker can bring forth claims to recover damages against broker-dealers like BB&T Securities, which have a duty to supervise its employees in order to prevent broker misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your BB&T Securities account due to your stockbroker’s unauthorized securities transactions or other 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 BB&T Securities financial professionals for unauthorized and/or fraudulent misconduct.

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