Did Richard Scott Shelley Cause You Investment Losses?
Richard Scott Shelley of Palm City, Florida submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in which he was fined $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for a period of 30 days. The sanctions were based on findings that he allegedly participated in private securities transactions without approval in violation of FINRA Rules 3280 and 2010. The suspension was in effect from March 15, 2021, through April 14, 2021.
From December 2002 through December 2020, Richard Scott Shelley was registered with Packerland Brokerage Services, Inc. and served as a General Securities Representative and an Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative. According to the FINRA findings, Shelley allegedly solicited an investor to purchase securities in Future Income Payments (FIP) worth $29,500 and promised a 7% to 8% rate of return. The findings state that Shelley received $1,475 in commission and never sought or obtained approval from his firm to participate in the private transaction. In addition to FINRA’s findings, Shelley falsely attested on his firms annual compliance questionnaires that he had not participated in any private securities transactions and the company that offered the FIP’s ceased business, owing nearly $300 million in unpaid investor payments. Although Richard Scott Shelley is not currently registered or associated with a FINRA member firm, he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction.
FINRA Rule 3280(e) generally defines a private securities transaction as any securities transaction outside the regular scope of an associated person’s employment with a member. FINRA Rule 3280(b) states that “prior to participating in any private securities transaction, an associated person shall provide written notice to the member with which he is associated describing in detail the proposed transaction and the person’s proposed role therein and stating whether he has received or may receive selling compensation in connection with the transaction.” Rule 3280(c) states that when an associated person has received or may receive selling compensation, the member firm shall provide written approval or disapproval of the associated person’s participation in the proposed private securities transaction. A violation of Rule 3280 is also a violation of FINRA Rule 2010, which requires associated persons, in the conduct of their business, to observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.
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