Did Joseph Paul Woitkoski Cause You Investment Losses?
Joseph Paul Woitkoski of Pittsburg, Massachusetts was fined $7,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for a period of 15 business days. The sanctions were based on findings that Joseph Paul Woitkoski allegedly mismarked trades and exercised discretion without authorization in violation of NASD Rule 2510(b) and FINRA Rules 4511 and 2010. The suspension was in effect from September 8, 2020, through October 19, 2020.
In 2010, Joseph Paul Woitkoski joined Raymond James and was registered as a General Securities Representative and General Securities Sales Supervisor. According to the FINRA findings, Woitkoski allegedly exercised discretionary trading in 17 accounts held by 12 customers without requesting or obtaining approval from Raymond James. The findings also stated that Woitkoski had received verbal authorization from each of the customers but never received their written authorization. In addition, the findings alleged that Woitkoski mismarked 120 trade orders and inaccurately stated he had not exercised discretionary trading on his firm’s annual compliance questionnaires.
NASD Rule 2510(b) prohibited registered representatives from “exercising any discretionary power in a customer’s account unless such customer has given prior written authorization to a stated individual or individuals and the account has been accepted by the member.”
FINRA Rule 4511 requires members to “make and preserve books and records as required under the FINRA rules, the Exchange Act and the applicable Exchange Act Rules.” Section 17(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 17a-3 thereunder require firms to make and keep books and records including a “memorandum of each brokerage order.” A registered representative violates FINRA Rule 4511 by causing a member firm to maintain inaccurate books and records.
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