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Former Woodbury Stockbroker Ronald Walter Hannes Barred for Refusing to Provide Documents to FINRA

Ronald Walter Hannes of Spokane, Washington submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he was barred for allegedly failing to produce documents and information requested by FINRA in violation of FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010.

From September 1986 to December 2019, Ronald Walter Hannes was registered as an Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative (IR) with Woodbury Financial Services (Woodbury). According to the FINRA findings, Ronald Walter Hannes allegedly refused to provide documents and information to FINRA during their investigation regarding the allegations that he converted customer funds. The FINRA findings stated that Woodbury terminated Hannes after receiving notice from a client that funds were paid to Hannes for the purchase of life insurance that were not sent to the company. Without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, Ronald Walter Hannes consented to the sanctions and has been barred from association with any FINRA member in all capacities.

FINRA Rule 8210(a) states, in relevant part, that FINRA may “require a … person associated with a member … to provide information orally, in writing, or electronically. With respect to any matter involved in [a FINRA] investigation … .” FINRA Rule 8210(c) states that “[n]o member or person shall fail to provide information … or to permit an inspection and copying of books, records, or accounts pursuant to this Rule.” A failure to comply with FINRA Rule 8210 is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010, which requires associated persons to observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.

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 Woodbury Financial Services, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your Woodbury Financial Services account due to misconduct by your broker? Was Ronald Walter Hannes 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 Woodbury Financial Services 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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