RBC Stockbroker Suspended for Unauthorized Transactions

Cheryl A. George of East Aurora, New York submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which George was fined $5,000 and suspended for allegedly participating in unauthorized transactions. In June 2009, George joined RBC Capital Markets LLC as an Investment Company Products Variable Contracts Representative and a General Securities Representative. According to FINRA, RBC suspended George for ten business days for failing to observe firm policies and procedures regarding the authentication of a wire transfer request. The findings stated that an email was sent to George requesting a $33,000 transfer to a third-party company, which was not from the customer but rather an imposter. FINRA found that George only never received verbal authorization from the customer to sell securities in the account totaling $42,980. FINRA further stated that Ms. George falsely attested that she did receive verbal authorization and mismarked the order tickets as unsolicited.

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