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William Andrew Wimberly of Madison, Mississippi 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 outside business activity and private transactions all in violation of NASD Rule 3040 and FINRA Rules 3280 and 2010.

In November 2008, William Andrew Wimberly joined LPL Financial LLC as a General Securities Representative and a General Securities Principal. According to the FINRA findings, from November 2012 until August 2018, Wimberly allegedly engaged in an outside business activity and participated in private securities transactions without approval from his firm. The FINRA findings stated that during the relevant period, Wimberly created a limited liability company and served as the officer, director, and manager. The findings also stated that Wimberly contributed a total of $70,000 and purchased multiple shares of the company. In addition, FINRA found that Wimberly allegedly signed and submitted LPL Financial LLC annual compliance questionnaires where he failed to disclose his participation in the company and transactions.  

FINRA Rule 3270 states, in relevant part, that “no registered person may be an employee, independent contractor, sole proprietor, officer, director or partner of another person, or be compensated, or have the reasonable expectation of compensation, from any other person as a result of any business activity outside the scope of the relationship with his or her member firm, unless he or she has provided prior written notice to the member, in such form as specified by the member.” A violation of FINRA Rule 3270 is also a violation of FINRA Rule 2010, which requires FINRA members and associated persons to “observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.”

NASD Rule 3040, requires that prior to participating in a private securities transaction, a person associated with a member firm shall provide written notice to his or her firm “describing in detail the proposed transaction and the person’s proposed role therein[.]”

Without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, William Andrew Wimberly was assessed a deferred fine of $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for three months. The suspension was in effect from April 20, 2020, through July 19, 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 unauthorized outside business activity, 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 unauthorized outside business activity or private transaction by your broker?  Was William Andrew Wimberly 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. 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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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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