An NAC decision has become final in which Linda C. Milberger of Orlando, Florida was suspended from association with any FINRA member in capacities for one year. The sanction was based on findings that Milberger allegedly falsified customer wire request forms and submitted false documents and information to FINRA in violation of FINRA Rules 4511 and 2010.
From July 2012 until November 2016, Linda C. Milberger was registered with National Securities Corporation and served as a senior client services associate for Kyle Harrington. According to the findings, FINRA began an investigation and sent requests for documents and information to both Milberger and Harrington, regarding their involvement in undisclosed private securities transactions. The findings stated that Harrington allegedly asked Milberger to alter the requested documents and provide them to FINRA. In addition, Milberger allegedly caused her firm’s books and records to be inaccurate by providing two falsified wire request forms totaling $19,929.58 to a customer’s broker-dealer firm as if they were authentic. Lina C. Milberger remains under FINRA’s jurisdiction and is suspended until May 3, 2021.
FINRA Rule 4511(a) requires FINRA members to “make and preserve books and records as required under the FINRA rules, the Exchange Act and the applicable Exchange Act rules.” Those applicable rules include Section 17(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which requires broker-dealers to make and preserve certain books and records, and SEC Rule 17a-4(b)(4), which requires that a firm preserve records relating to communications concerning the broker-dealer’s business, including documents related to customer transactions. A violation of FINRA Rule 4511 constitutes a violation of FINRA Rule 2010.
Stockbrokers have been known to engage in many practices that may violate 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 supervisory system. The implementation of these industry rules requires supervisors to monitor their employees to ensure compliance with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, and 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 liable to investors for damages which flow from the broker’s misconduct. Therefore, investors who have suffered losses stemming from misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like National Securities Corporation, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.
Have you suffered losses in your National Securities Corporation account due to misconduct by your broker? Was Linda C. Milberger your stockbroker? 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 National Securities Corporation stockbrokers who may have engaged in broker misconduct and caused investors’ losses.
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