Scott Patrick Klor of Midlothian, Texas submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he was fined and suspended for allegedly engaging in unapproved private transactions in violation of NASD Rule 3040 and FINRA Rule 2010.
In March 2011, Scott Patrick Klor registered with LPL Financial LLC as a General Securities Representative and General Securities Principal. According to FINRA , Klor solicited investors, including some of his firm customers, to form an LLC to purchase a variable life insurance policy for $1.4 million on the life of an elderly individual with a terminal illness. The findings stated that the transaction was structured as a viatical settlement and Klor did not notify his firm of his involvement. FINRA stated that Klor used his Firm email account to communicate with investors and received a four-percent interest in the LLC. According to FINRA, when the insured passed away the death benefit on the policy was worth less than invested and the investors who owned 90 percent of the LLC lost over $200,000. Additionally, Klor allegedly made false statements on the Firm’s annual compliance questionnaires when asked whether he had ever participated in a viatical settlement.
NASD Rule 3040 prohibited registered representatives and associated persons from participating “in any manner in a private securities transaction” without providing prior written notice to his or her member firm. Under NASD Rule 3040, a private securities transaction was defined 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, Scott Patrick Klor was assessed a deferred fine of $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for 14 months. The suspension is in effect from April 15, 2019, through June 14, 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 transaction, and/or other misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like LPL Financial LLC, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.
Have you suffered losses in your LPL Financial LLC account due to private transaction by your broker? Was Scott Patrick Klor 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 LPL Financial LLC stockbrokers who may have engaged in broker misconduct and caused investors’ losses.
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