Michael Roger Griffith, a broker formerly employed by the Timonium, Maryland branch of NYLIFE Securities, LLC, submitted a letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) in which he consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the described sanction and the entry of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that he forged a customer’s signature on fictitious life insurance applications without the customer’s knowledge or consent.
Michael Griffith, of Middle River, Maryland, was found by FINRA to have submitted fictitious life insurance applications in which he forged the customer’s signature and set up an automatic bank account debit for the policies. Mr. Griffith is alleged to have done all of this without the customer’s knowledge or permission. As a result of Mr. Griffith’s fraudulent misconduct, the customer’s account was debited $1,220 which prompted the customer to contact NYLIFE Securities. The fake policies were then canceled, and the customer was repaid the money. Mr. Griffith’s actions caused him to be in violation of FINRA Rule 2010. Consequently, FINRA barred him from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Continue Reading