Former LPL Financial Representative Sean Waggoner Suspended and Fined

Sean Waggoner of Houston, Texas submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) to the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for failing to disclose outside securities transactions. Waggoner was formerly registered as an Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative through LPL Financial. FINRA alleged that between 2010 and 2016, Waggoner made at least eight private securities transactions without prior written notice to his firm. FINRA and NASD Rules require prior written notice to the member firm if you are engaging in private securities transactions. FINRA alleged that Waggoner violated NASD Rule 3050 and FINRA Rule 2010. Without admitting or denying the FINRA findings Waggoner agreed to the sanctions and was suspended from association with any FINRA member for two months, fined $10,000, and ordered to take additional education concerning registered representative responsibilities.

Stockbrokers have been known to engage in many practices that may violate industry and firm rules, practices, and procedures.  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 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 that flow from the broker’s misconduct. Therefore, investors who have suffered losses stemming from undisclosed securities transactions and/or other misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like LPL Financial, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities to prevent the above-described misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your LPL Financial account due to undisclosed securities transactions by your broker?  Was Sean Waggoner 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 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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