Did Steve Heath Cause You Investment Losses?
Steve Dale Heath of Newport News, Virginia, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for allegedly executing unsuitable mutual fund trades, including switches, in the account of an elderly customer with conservative investment goals, causing approximately $7,207 in losses for the customer. FINRA alleged that Steve Heath recommended and effected short-term mutual fund trades in the elderly customer’s account. Mutual funds are intended as long-term investments but Mr. Heath recommended selling after only 249 days on average. Further, some of the trades involved mutual fund switches, which were unsuitable in light of the customer’s conservative investment objectives. Mutual fund “switching” is the process of transferring an investment from one mutual fund to another, for significant reasons or to defraud clients. Some brokers attempt numerous switches in client accounts in order to generate commissions. FINRA’s findings stated that this pattern of unsuitable mutual fund switches violated NASD Rule 2310 and FINRA Rules 2010 and 2011. Mr. Heath consented to FINRA’s findings, without admitting or denying the allegations, was suspended from association with any FINRA member for a period of two months, fined $5,000 and ordered to pay restitution to the elderly customer in the amount of $7,207, plus interest.
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Virginia has hundreds of stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices. With so many stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices, comes the potential for their stockbrokers, financial advisors, and other representatives to misrepresent and mislead investors about investing in Mutual Funds and engage in all kinds of stockbroker misconduct which violates Federal and Virginia securities laws and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules as well as the stock brokerage firms policies and procedures.
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