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NYLife Securities Broker Suspended for Unsuitable Recommendations

David Raymond Colflesh submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he was suspended and ordered to pay 34,546.98 in deferred disgorgement of commissions received.

David Colflesh, of Tarkio, Missouri, was registered with NYLife Securities from 1982 until 2016 as a variable contract representative and a direct participation programs representative. From October 2014 to July 2015, Mr. Colflesh allegedly recommended nondiversified mutual funds to ninety customers without having basis to believe that his recommendations were suitable because he did not understand the funds’ complexity or potential risks. According to FINRA, the customers purchased 250 funds worth $4.5 million and Mr. Colflesh earned $34,546.98 in commissions. FINRA also stated Mr. Colflesh’s recommendations exposed his customers to a level or risk that was unsuitable, given their investment objectives. Based on the foregoing, FINRA concluded David Colflesh violated FINRA Rules 2111 and 2010.

Without admitting or denying the findings, David Colflesh consented to the sanctions and has been suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for 18 months. The suspension is in effect from November 5, 2018 through May 4, 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 unsuitable recommendations, and/or other misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like NYLife Securities, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your NYLife Securities account due to unsuitable recommendations by your broker? Was David Raymond Colflesh 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 NYLife Securities 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 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.