Marylin T. Myers, a former Bayview, Texas-based registered principal employed by Lincoln, Nebraska-based Allstate Financial Services, LLC, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which she consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the entry of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that she participated in the sale of a privately held company’s promissory notes to investors without notifying her firm or obtaining the firm’s written approval. FINRA’s findings stated that Ms. Myers recommended that investors, who were not the firm’s customers, invest in On The Edge Marketing LLC notes. Ms. Myers helped facilitate their purchases and invested $16,000 of her own money in the notes. Collectively, the investors and Ms. Myers invested more than $1,000,000 in the notes. To date, On The Edge Marketing has failed to repay the principal and interest due to the investors and Ms. Myers. FINRA’s findings also stated that on the firm’s annual compliance questionnaires, Ms. Myers inaccurately stated that she had not engaged in any private securities transactions and inaccurately stated that she had not engaged in soliciting, referring, or recommending any private placements or private securities products.
Ms. Myers was fined $20,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for two years. The suspension is in effect from January 21, 2014, through January 20, 2016.
“Selling away” is the inappropriate practice of an investment professional who sells or solicits securities or investments not held, approved, or authorized by the brokerage firm with which the professional is associated. Under NASD and FINRA rules, brokerage firms must approve investments offered by their investment professionals and supervise its sales.
Stockbrokers, financial advisors, and other financial industry personnel have been known to engage in many types of fraud and other violations of industry rules and procedures. In order to protect customers from such misconduct, FINRA rules require broker-dealers to establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system. These rules require supervisors to monitor employees to ensure they comply 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 do not establish and implement such protective measures, they may be a liable to account holders for damages stemming from the misconduct. As a result, investors who have suffered losses from unapproved investments and/or other types of misconduct by their broker or registered representative can bring forth claims to recover damages against broker-dealers like Allstate Financial Services, which have a duty to oversee its employees in order to prevent these types of stockbroker misconduct.
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