Maxim Group Stockbroker Suspended for Unsuitable Recommendations

Eric Howard Kunis, of South Setauket, New York, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which Kunis was assessed a deferred fine of $2,500, suspended for two months and ordered to pay $2,189.78 in restitution to his customers.

From 2002 through 2018, Kunis was registered with Maxim Group as a General Securities Principal. According to FINRA, between February 2012 and January 2017 Kunis engaged in an unsuitable pattern of short-term trading in the accounts of eleven customers. FINRA stated that Kunis repeatedly recommended his customers purchase and sell unit investment trusts (UITs) before their maturity date, causing the customers to incur unnecessary sales charges. Based on the foregoing, FINRA concluded that Kunis violated NASD Rule 2310 along with FINRA Rules 2111 and 2010.

Without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, Mr. Kunis consented to the sanctions and has been suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for two months. The suspension is in effect from November 19, 2018, through January 18, 2019.

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 unsuitable recommendations and/or other misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like Maxim Group, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your Maxim Group account due to unsuitable recommendations by your broker? Was Eric Howard Kunis 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 Maxim Group stockbrokers who may have engaged in broker misconduct and caused investors’ losses.

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