Did Nicholas Gregory Baecker Cause You Investment Losses?
Nicholas Gregory Baecker submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for allegedly forging the signatures of customers in violation of FINRA Rules 4511 and 2010. Due to the alleged misconduct, Mr. Baecker was assessed a fine of $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for four months. The suspension is in effect from December 21, 2020, through April 20, 2021.
In December 2008, Nicholas Gregory Baecker joined Thrivent Investment Management, Inc., and became registered as an Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative. The firm later filed a Uniform Termination Notice (Form U5), disclosing that he had been terminated due to his alleged misconduct. According to the FINRA findings, Baecker allegedly violated the firm’s written supervisory procedures by electronically forging sixteen customers signatures on life insurance applications. The findings state that Baecker was aware of the firm’s procedures and caused his firm to maintain inaccurate books and records because some of the forged applications were securities sold by prospectus through the firm. Although Nicholas Gregory Baecker is no longer associated with any FINRA member firm, he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction.
During the relevant period, the firm’s written supervisory procedures required that client signatures on firm documents always be authentic and expressly prohibited representatives from forging a customer’s signature. FINRA Rule 4511 requires members and associated persons to “make and preserve books and records as required under the FINRA rules, the [Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”)], and the applicable Exchange Act rules.” Customer account opening documents are records required to be made and preserved under Section 17(a)(1) of the Exchange Act and Rule 17a-3(a)(17)(i)(A) thereunder. Implicit in the requirement to make and preserve books and records is the requirement that the information in those books and records be true and accurate. A violation of FINRA Rule 4511 also constitutes a violation of FINRA Rule 2010.
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