Larry Michael Crabtree, a former Edmond, Oklahoma based registered representative with WFG Investments, Inc. consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the sanction and the entry of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that he exercised discretion in a customer’s account to make unsuitable securities purchases which resulted in substantial losses to his customer.
FINRA found that Larry Crabtree, of Edmond Oklahoma, exercised discretion in the IRA account of an elderly retiree with known health problems, limited income and limited liquid assets. Mr. Crabtree made purchases of securities on his customer’s behalf, one of which was a highly leveraged oil and gas exploration company, which resulted in an almost complete loss when that oil and gas company declared bankruptcy. Mr. Crabtree also exercised discretionary trades in certain customer accounts, neglecting to get the customers’ or WFG Investment’s prior written authorization as required by FINRA Rule 2010. Consequently, Mr. Crabtree was suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for six months. Due to his financial status, no monetary sanctions were imposed. Continue Reading