On September 25, 2018 an Officer of Hearing Officers (OHO) decision became final against Matthew Evan Eckstein in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member in all capacities and ordered to pay $961,781 in restitution to four customers. Eckstein allegedly violated Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Exchange Act Rule 10b-5 along with NASD Rule 3040, FINRA Rules 2111, 2020, 2010, and 8210.
According to FINRA, Eckstein made false and misleading statements in connection with purchases and sales of securities. FINRA stated that Eckstein recommended four customers invest a total of $1.36 million in a company run by one of his close friends along with persuading one of his customers to liquidate $300,000 in mutual fund holdings in order to invest in the issuer. FINRA also stated that Eckstein failed to disclose any information regarding the investment and did not give the customers any written material or other agreement memorializing the customers’ purchases, rather that the undocumented transactions appeared to have been a scheme run by Eckstein’s friend. FINRA further found that after Eckstein left his firm to start his own business, he caused his past firm to violate FINRA’s applicable books and records rule by failing to preserve any communication and account summaries that he created and sent to some customers. During the investigation, Eckstein failed to respond to five requests for documents and information. Continue Reading