Former Edward Jones Stockbroker Suspended for Misconduct

Michael Jason Gamez of Corsicana, Texas submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he has been fined and suspended for allegedly engaging in unauthorized trading and unsuitable recommendations in violation of NASD Conduct Rules 2510(b) and FINRA Rules 2111 and 2010.

From October 29, 2007 to December 15, 2014, Michael Jason Gamez was registered with Edward Jones as a General Securities Representative. According to the FINRA findings, Gamez exercised discretion in 15 customer accounts without obtaining prior written authorization from the customers. Gamez also allegedly executed 4,448 unsuitable trades in 74 customer accounts. FINRA stated that Gamez did not discuss with the customers the shares he intended to purchase, the amount of funds available in the account. Further, he did not consider how the deposited funds limited the transaction size in a given month. In addition, Gamez did not inform the customers on the actual trade date and only notified them after he purchased the securities. FINRA concluded Gamez did not understand the potential risks and rewards associated with the recommended trades and lacked a reasonable basis for his recommendations.

Without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, Michael Jason Gamez was assessed a fine of $25,000, ordered to pay $73,567 in deferred disgorgement and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for one year. The suspension is in effect from December 3, 2018, through December 2, 2019.

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 unsuitable recommendations, unauthorized trading and/or other misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like Edward Jones, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your Edward Jones account due to unsuitable recommendations and/or unauthorized trading by your broker? Was Michael Jason Gamez 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 Edward Jones stockbrokers who may have engaged in broker misconduct and caused investors’ losses.

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