Ken Kavanagh of Hawley, Pennsylvania submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) in which he was fined and suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), for allegedly engaging in private transactions and falsely answering compliance questionnaires in violation of NASD Rules 3030 and 2110 and FINRA Rules 3270 and 2010.
In April 2006, Ken Kavanagh was registered as a General Securities Representative with Morgan Stanley. According to FINRA, from October 2007 through March 2018 Kavanagh engaged in outside business activities without providing prior written notice to Morgan Stanley. The findings stated that Kavanagh managed the personal affairs of professional athletes, 40 of whom were clients of both Kavanagh and Morgan Stanley. The findings also stated that Kavanagh formed two entities to facilitate his activities and had separate bank accounts for the personal services he provided, generating $5 million. In addition, Kavanagh concealed his relationship with his two entities by naming a relative the sole owner and falsely attested on compliance questionnaires that he was not involved in any outside activities. Continue Reading