Did Michael Kris Pina Cause You Investment Losses?
Michael Kris Pina of Coral Springs, Florida was fined $10,000, suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for 16 months and ordered to pay $19,800 in restitution to customers. The sanctions were based on findings that he borrowed money from customers and provided false statements to FINRA in violation of FINRA Rules 8210, 3240 and 2010. The suspension is in effect from October 5, 2020, through February 4, 2022.
In January 2013, Michael Kris Pina joined PFS and was registered as an Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative. The firm later filed a Uniform Termination Notice (Form U5) disclosing that Pina had been terminated due to the alleged misconduct. According to the FINRA findings, Pina allegedly borrowed $72,000 from four customers which was against firm policies. The findings stated that Pina had allegedly failed to document the loans and only repaid two customers after promising all four that he would repay them with interest. In addition, Pina falsely attested that he had not borrowed money from any customer on his firm’s annual compliance questionnaires and allegedly failed to disclose a loan and the amount owed to FINRA.
FINRA Rule 3240 prohibits a registered person from borrowing money from his or her customer unless: (1) the registered person’s employing member firm has written procedures permitting borrowing from customers; and (2) the borrowing arrangement meets at least one of five circumstances specified in the rule. Even if these requirements are satisfied, the registered representative must seek and obtain prior written approval of the loan from the member firm, except that the firm’s procedures may provide otherwise where the customer is a financial institution or a member of the representative’s immediate family. A violation of FINRA Rule 3240 also violates FINRA Rule 2010, which requires associated persons “to observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.”
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