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Mark Bullivant of Fort Myers, Florida submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for allegedly failing to provide information and an on-the-record testimony in connection to an ongoing FINRA investigation.

Bullivant entered the securities industry in 2001 when he became associated with a FINRA member firm. Between April 2012 and December 2013, Bullivant was associated with Raymond James and Associates, Inc. (Raymond James) as a General Securities Representative.

In 2014, FINRA commenced an investigation on Bullivant under allegations that he converted customer funds. On May 15, 2015 FINRA sent a request to Bullivant for an on-the-record testimony pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210. FINRA Rule 8210 allows FINRA, during the course of an investigation, to require persons associated with a FINRA member to provide information and testify. On June 4, 2015 Bullivant acknowledged that he received FINRA’s request but stated he would not appear for an on-the-record testimony at any time.

For failing to testify, Bullivant violated FINRA Rule 8210 and 2010. Without admitting or denying the FINRA findings, Bullivant agreed to the sanctions and was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity.

Stockbrokers have been known to engage in many types of practices which violate industry and firm rules, practices, and procedures. In order to protect customers from stockbroker misconduct, FINRA rules require broker-dealers like Raymond James to not only establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system but enforce their rules, policies and procedures. The implementation of the rules require supervisors to monitor employees to ensure they comply with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, and the firms, such as Raymond James own policies and procedures. If broker dealers and/or their supervisors do not establish, implement and enforce these protective measures, they may be liable to investors for damages which flow from the misconduct. As a result, investors who have suffered losses because of their stockbroker’s unlawful or prohibited conduct can file a claim to recover damages against broker dealers like Raymond James, which should consistently oversee its employees in order to prevent stockbroker misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your Raymond James investment account due to your stockbroker’s misconduct? 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 stockbrokers for unsuitable recommendations, misrepresentations, and/or other unauthorized and prohibited conduct.

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 post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, send Mr. Pearce an email at pearce@rwpearce.com, and/or visit our website at www.secatty.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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