Legend Equities Broker Named in FINRA Complaint for Unsuitable Annuity Replacements

Walter Marino, a previously registered broker with Legend Equities Corporation, was named a Respondent in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) complaint alleging that he recommended unsuitable variable annuity replacements (also known as exchanges) to two customers, allegedly causing one customer to incur a surrender charge of $85,523.23.

According to the FINRA complaint, Walter Joseph Marino, of Dix Hills, New York, had no reasonable basis for his recommendation of replacements for his customers’ non-qualified variable annuities.  The complaint alleges that both customers suffered substantial losses as a result of his recommendation.  For instance, one customer incurred significant tax liabilities due to Mr. Marino’s failure to use the tax-free exchange available under the IRS Code.  Further, as mentioned above, another customer is alleged to have suffered a surrender charge of more than $85,000.   Mr. Marino, on the other hand, allegedly received commissions of approximately $60,000 for recommending the unsuitable transactions.

Stockbrokers, registered representatives, and other financial professionals have been known to engage in many types of fraudulent, negligent and prohibited behavior which are in violation of industry rules and procedures.  In order to protect investors from stockbroker misconduct, FINRA rules require broker-dealers to establish and implement a supervisory system in order to safeguard customer assets.  If broker-dealers and their supervisors fail to establish and implement these protective measures, they may be liable to account holders for investment losses.  As a result, account holders who have suffered losses stemming from a registered representative’s unsuitable investment recommendations can file a claim to recover damages against broker-dealers, like Legend Equities, which have a duty to supervise its employees in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your Legend Equities or other investment account due to your stockbroker’s unsuitable variable annuity recommendations?  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 Legend Equities stockbrokers who may have made unsuitable recommendations 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 35 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.