Paul Reid Richardson, of Temple Terrace, Florida, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he was suspended for 60 days for failing to supervise wire-transfer activity in customer accounts.
Paul Richardson, a former registered principal with the Tampa, Florida branch of Cabot Lodge Securities LLC (Cabot), consented to, without admitting or denying, the sanctions and FINRA’s findings that he approved third-party wire transfers totaling nearly $89,000 from two customer accounts, which were later found to have been made by an imposter. By authorizing the wire-transfers, Mr. Richardson allegedly failed to properly review the distribution requests for funds. According to FINRA, Mr. Richardson relied on the representations of a firm broker as opposed to verbally confirming the wire instructions with the customers. Continue Reading