Michael Leahy of Red Bank, New Jersey submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he has been barred for allegedly failing to reasonably supervise another representative in violation of FINRA Rules 3110 and 2010.
In July 2017, Michael Leahy joined First Standard Financial General Securities Representative and General Securities Principal. According to FINRA, Michael Leahy failed to supervise a former registered representative with First Standard, who engaged in a pattern of unauthorized trading, used margin without authorization, recommended unsuitable transactions, and charged excessive commissions in dozens of customer accounts. The FINRA findings stated the Leahy was allegedly aware of the multiple red flags and failed to investigate or take action against the representatives misconduct. Due to Leahy’s failure to supervise, the representative’s misconduct continued until the New Jersey Bureau of Securities revoked the representative’s registration.
FINRA Rule 3110 requires that a supervisor take reasonable steps to achieve compliance with applicable FINRA rules and federal securities laws and regulations, and that he or she reasonably investigate red flags of potential misconduct and take reasonable action when misconduct has occurred. A violation of FINRA Rule 3110 also constitutes a violation of FINRA Rule 2010.
Without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, Michael Leahy was fined $5,000 and has been barred from association with any FINRA member in all capacities.
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 First Standard Financial, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.
Have you suffered losses in your First Standard Financial account due to misconduct by your broker? Was Michael Leahy 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 First Standard Financial stockbrokers who may have engaged in broker misconduct and caused investors’ losses.
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