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Steven Todd Gary of Burleson, Texas submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he was fined and suspended for allegedly forging signatures and falsifying documents in violation of  FINRA Rule 2010.

From March 1998 until October 2018, Steven Todd Gary was registered as an Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Limited Representative with State Farm VP Management Corp. According to the FINRA findings, State Farm filed a Form U5 disclosing that he had been terminated for not following internal processes in connection with life insurance policies. During the relevant period, the findings stated that Gary allegedly forged his parents’ signature on 60 checks totaling $332,650, provided three falsified and backdated power of attorney forms, and impersonated his father during three calls with his life insurance company. The FINRA findings stated that Gary created, backdated, and provided the insurance company with the falsified power of attorney forms during an investigation into his forgery. In addition, FINRA stated that Gary allegedly had his employees sign witness certifications that falsely attested the forms had been executed on the dates provided.

FINRA Rule 2010 requires associated persons to observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade. Rule 2010 articulates a broad ethical principle that applies to business-related conduct. Forgery, falsifying documents and providing false information to a FINRA regulated broker dealer is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010.

Without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, Steven Todd Gary was assessed a deferred fine of $12,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for one year. The suspension is in effect from May 4, 2020, through May 3, 2021.

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 misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like State Farm VP Management, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct. 

Have you suffered losses in your State Farm VP Management account due to misconduct by your broker?  Was Steven Todd Gary 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 State Farm VP Management 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 40 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.

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Robert Wayne Pearce of The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. has been a trial attorney for more than 40 years and has helped recover over $125 million dollars for his clients. During that time, he developed a well-respected and highly accomplished legal career representing investors and brokers in disputes with one another and the government and industry regulators. To speak with Attorney Pearce, call (800) 732-2889 or Contact Us online for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION with Attorney Pearce about your case.

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