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Jeffrey Schwebach of Sioux Falls, South Dakota submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he has been suspended for allegedly engaging in unapproved private securities transactions in violation of FINRA Rules 3280 and 2010.

From November 2010 to June 2018, Mr. Schwebach was registered with Independent Financial Group (IFG) as a General Securities Representative and Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts Representative. According to the FINRA findings, Jeffrey Schwebach sold $895,000 Woodbridge promissory notes to 18 investors, 13 of whom were his firm’s customers and received $19,534 in commissions. The findings also stated that Schwebach never sought approval from his firm to sell the promissory notes and instead disclosed Woodbridge as an outside business activity involving first position mortgages, not as private transactions. In addition to the FINRA findings, Schwebach allegedly falsely stated that he had not engaged in unapproved private securities transactions on annual compliance questionnaires.

FINRA Rule 3280(b) states that “prior to participating in any private securities transaction, an associated person shall provide written notice to the member with which he is associated describing in detail the proposed transaction and the person’s proposed role therein and stating whether he has received or may receive selling compensation in connection with the transaction.” FINRA Rule 3280(e) defines generally a private securities transaction as any securities transaction outside the regular course or scope of an associated person’s employment with a member. FINRA Rule 2010 requires associated persons, in the conduct of their business, to observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.

Without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, Jeffrey Schwebach was ordered to pay a deferred disgorgement of commissions received in the amount of $19,534 and suspended from association from any FINRA member in all capacities for eight months. The suspension was in effect from July 1, 2019, through February 29, 2020.

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 private transactions, and/or other misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like Independent Financial Group, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your Independent Financial Group account due to private transactions by your broker?  Was Jeffrey Schwebach 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 Independent Financial Group stockbrokers who may have engaged in broker misconduct and caused investors’ losses.

The most important of investors’ rights is the right to be informed!  This Investors’ Rights blog post is by the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida.  For over 40 years, Attorney Pearce has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of disputes involving complex securities, commodities and investment law issues.  The lawyers at our law firm are devoted to protecting investors’ rights throughout the United States and internationally!  Please visit our website, www.secatty.com, post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, or email Mr. Pearce at pearce@rwpearce.com for answers to any of your questions about this blog post and/or any related matter.

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Robert Wayne Pearce of The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. has been a trial attorney for more than 40 years and has helped recover over $125 million dollars for his clients. During that time, he developed a well-respected and highly accomplished legal career representing investors and brokers in disputes with one another and the government and industry regulators. To speak with Attorney Pearce, call (800) 732-2889 or Contact Us online for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION with Attorney Pearce about your case.

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