You may have read that Cristopher Anthony Fernan of Plainview, New York was permanently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) from working in the securities industry because he failed to comply with FINRA Rule 8210 and 2010.
In 2015, Cristopher Anthony Fernan joined Salomon Whitney Financial and became registered as a General Securities Representative. The firm later filed a Uniform Termination Notice (Form U5) in February 2017, disclosing that he had been terminated due to alleged misconduct. According to the findings, FINRA began an investigation regarding a customer complaint disclosed by his firm stating that he might have engaged in conduct actionable under applicable statute, rule, or regulation. The findings state that FINRA sent a request to Fernan for on-the-record testimony regarding the allegations, however, he responded through email stating that he received the request but refused to appear at any time. Although Fernan is no longer registered with a FINRA member firm, he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction.
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FINRA Rule 8210(a)(1) states, in relevant part, that FINRA may require any “person associated with a member, or any other person subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction … to testify at a location specified by FINRA staff … with respect to any matter involved in the investigation.” A violation of FINRA Rule 8210 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.” By refusing to appear for on-the-record testimony as requested pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210, Respondent violated FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010.
Unfortunately, Cristopher Anthony Fernan might have avoided that FINRA 8210 bar from the securities industry with a skilled and experienced FINRA 8210 defense attorney. It is important, early on, to have a FINRA defense attorney advise you on how not to make matters worse and resolve the dispute with the least amount of sanctions which could range from censures to fines, suspensions, permanent bars, and/or referrals to federal or state prosecutors. You will need an experienced FINRA defense lawyer who not only has knowledge of FINRA rules and procedures, the securities laws and the appropriate sanction for the alleged misconduct but also has an excellent reputation and credibility with the FINRA attorneys to negotiate the best outcome.
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