Bellingham, Massachusetts FINRA 8210 Defense Lawyers

You may have read that James Kenneth Couture of Bellingham, Massachusetts was permanently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) from working in the securities industry because he failed to comply with FINRA Rule 8210. In February 2009, James Kenneth Couture joined LPL Financial LLC and was registered as a General Securities Representative. The firm later filed a Uniform Termination Notice (Form U5) in July 2020, disclosing that he had been discharged due to alleged misconduct. According to the findings, FINRA began an investigation regarding allegations by LPL stating that Couture allegedly altered information, balances and distributions in customer account statements and commingled funds all through an unapproved email address. The findings state that FINRA sent a request to Couture for documents and information on three separate occasions that he allegedly received, acknowledged, and refused to produce. Although Couture is no longer associated with a FINRA member firm he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction. Do You Need a FINRA 8210 Defense Attorney? FINRA Rule 8210 requires “a member, person associated with a member, or any other person subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction to provide information orally, in writing, or electronically (if the requested information is, or is required to be, maintained in electronic form) and to testify at a location specified by FINRA staff, under oath or affirmation administered by a court reporter or a notary public if requested, with respect to any matter involved in the investigation, complaint, examination, or proceeding.” Unfortunately, James Kenneth Couture might have avoided that FINRA 8210 bar from the securities industry with a skilled and experienced FINRA 8210 defense attorney. It is important, early on, to have a FINRA defense attorney advise you on how not to make matters worse and resolve the dispute with the least amount of sanctions which could range from censures to fines, suspensions, permanent bars, and/or referrals to federal or state prosecutors. You will need an experienced FINRA defense lawyer who not only has knowledge of FINRA rules and procedures, the securities laws and the appropriate sanction for the alleged misconduct but also has an excellent reputation and credibility with the FINRA attorneys to negotiate the best outcome. Free Initial Consultation With FINRA 8210 Defense Attorney Serving Financial Advisors Throughout Bellingham, Massachusetts And Nationwide The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. understands what is at stake in FINRA securities law matters and works tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case.  Attorney Pearce’s FINRAdefense skills are highly regarded throughout Massachusetts and across the nation.  For dedicated representation by an attorney with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of FINRA disputes serving Massachusetts citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889, or via e-mail. 

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Heathrow Florida FINRA 8210 Defense Lawyers

Garth Mather of Heathrow Florida was sanctioned by FINRA for failing to appear on an on-the-record interview. Mr. Mather was under investigation by FINRA for alleged fraud, sales practice violations, and membership violations. According to FINRA, the alleged fraud occurred when Mr. Mather was a member of Perrott, Mather & Gilday Inc. (PMGI). Mr. Mather was asked to give on-the-record testimony but failed to appear on three separate occasions. For violating FINRA Conduct Rule 2010 and FINRA Procedural Rule 8210, Mr. Mather was barred from any association with FINRA in any capacity. Do You Need a FINRA 8210 Defense Attorney? You may have read that Garth Mather of Heathrow, Florida was permanently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) from working in the securities industry because he violated FINRA Rule 8210. He could have avoided that FINRA 8210 bar from the securities industry with a skilled and experienced FINRA 8210 defense attorney. My guess is that you are reading this article because you probably just received a letter from FINRA via certified mail that states: You are notified that the FINRA office is conducting an inquiry to determine whether violations of the federal securities laws or FINRA, NASD, NYSE, or MSRB rules have occurred. In the next paragraph, you are being requested, “Pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210,” to provide a slew of documents and/or to appear at a FINRA office to give “On-the-Record” testimony and then you read the warning: Under FINRA Rule 8210, you are obligated to respond to this request fully, promptly and without qualification.  You are also obligated to supplement or correct any response that you later learned to have been incomplete or inaccurate.  If you withhold any responsive documents or information, you must specifically identify what you are withholding and state the basis for your doing so.  Any failure on your part to satisfy these obligations could expose you to sanctions, including a permanent bar from the securities industry. To a FINRA registered representative, who has never received such a letter in their career, it can be intimidating and cause a great deal of anxiety.  You are probably asking yourself: Why did I get this letter? What does it mean to my career? What should I do or not do? First, you must not ignore the letter because if you do and are currently registered and still working with a broker dealer, you will be suspended, and if you still do not comply with the request, you will be permanently barred from working in the securities industry just like Garth Mather, above. Second, if you are still working for a brokerage firm, you must notify the firm and provide a copy of the FINRA letter to your immediate supervisor and/or compliance officer. Third, you will need advice from an experienced FINRA defense lawyer on how to respond to the FINRA inquiry and protect you from sanctions. If your employer is not going to supply legal counsel free of any conflict of interest or you are no longer registered and working for any firm, you will need to hire your own FINRA defense attorney. This FINRA letter marks the first stage and hopefully the last of any FINRA inquiry into a particular matter. At this point, you have not been accused of any violation of the law or any securities industry rule, and there will be no black marks on your FINRA record in the Central Record Depository (“CRD”) or on the FINRA BrokerCheck website. You want to keep it that way! As your FINRA defense lawyers, we will immediately reach out to FINRA, obtain a reasonable extension of time to comply with request for documents and/or date of your On-the-Record testimony to investigate the issue, and gather and review the information requested. We will determine the trigger event and/or nature of the inquiry, such as the following: Automated Surveillance Program flagging of potential insider trading, layering, algorithm gaming, wash sales, marking-the-close and open, front running, etc. Form U4 or U5 filing disclosing: customer complaints; arrests, criminal charges and convictions; Liens, Bankruptcies, and compromises with creditors; and/or outside business activities. Customer Complaints made directly to FINRA through its Hotline. Actions by or referrals from other regulatory agencies, like the SEC or state securities regulators. The less interaction you have with the FINRA investigator, and the more interaction your FINRA defense attorney has with the investigator the less harm you will inflict upon yourself. Sometimes the list of documents requested and/or questions asked are numerous and burdensome. Unfortunately, you simply cannot refuse to comply with the FINRA 8210 request and expose yourself to sanctions for non-compliance. As your FINRA defense lawyers, we will make sure that the FINRA investigator is not over-reaching and making unreasonable requests for documents, which you will have to supply; not only documents in your possession and custody, but you will also be required to supply documents within your “control,” such as bank statements and other records and/or tax returns in the files of your bank or accountant. As your FINRA defense attorneys, we will negotiate the scope of the document production with the investigator to ensure you are not being harassed by the regulator and producing only what is necessary for them to conduct their investigation. If you are being scheduled for an On-the-Record (“OTR”) examination, FINRA’s equivalent to a deposition without any rules, we will prepare you for the examination and advise you on your limited rights and how to answer the questions truthfully to lessen the consequences of your testimony. In the end, it is our goal as your FINRA defense lawyer to end the inquiry after the OTR in the shortest amount of time and at the least expense. Unfortunately, in many cases, the FINRA investigators and attorneys already have the evidence they need and determined that a violation of the securities laws or industry rules has occurred and are determined to bring an enforcement action. So, it is important, early on, to have a FINRA defense attorney advise...

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Lithia Florida FINRA 8210 Defense Lawyers

Marco Caporale of Lithia Florida was sanctioned by FINRA for failing to appear on-the-record for testimony. Mr. Caporale was under investigation for alleged fraud, sales practice violations, and membership violations. According to FINRA, the alleged fraud occurred when Mr. Caporale was a member of Kovack Securities Inc. Mr. Caporale was asked to give on-the-record testimony but failed to appear. For violating FINRA Conduct Rule 2010 and FINRA Procedural Rule 8210, Mr. Caporale was barred from any association with FINRA in any capacity. Do You Need a FINRA 8210 Defense Attorney? You may have read that Marco Caporale of Lithia, Florida was permanently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) from working in the securities industry because he violated FINRA Rule 8210. He could have avoided that FINRA 8210 bar from the securities industry with a skilled and experienced FINRA 8210 defense attorney. My guess is that you are reading this article because you probably just received a letter from FINRA via certified mail that states: You are notified that the FINRA office is conducting an inquiry to determine whether violations of the federal securities laws or FINRA, NASD, NYSE, or MSRB rules have occurred. In the next paragraph, you are being requested, “Pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210,” to provide a slew of documents and/or to appear at a FINRA office to give “On-the-Record” testimony and then you read the warning: Under FINRA Rule 8210, you are obligated to respond to this request fully, promptly and without qualification.  You are also obligated to supplement or correct any response that you later learned to have been incomplete or inaccurate.  If you withhold any responsive documents or information, you must specifically identify what you are withholding and state the basis for your doing so.  Any failure on your part to satisfy these obligations could expose you to sanctions, including a permanent bar from the securities industry. To a FINRA registered representative, who has never received such a letter in their career, it can be intimidating and cause a great deal of anxiety.  You are probably asking yourself: Why did I get this letter? What does it mean to my career? What should I do or not do? First, you must not ignore the letter because if you do and are currently registered and still working with a broker dealer, you will be suspended, and if you still do not comply with the request, you will be permanently barred from working in the securities industry just like Marco Caporale, above. Second, if you are still working for a brokerage firm, you must notify the firm and provide a copy of the FINRA letter to your immediate supervisor and/or compliance officer. Third, you will need advice from an experienced FINRA defense lawyer on how to respond to the FINRA inquiry and protect you from sanctions. If your employer is not going to supply legal counsel free of any conflict of interest or you are no longer registered and working for any firm, you will need to hire your own FINRA defense attorney. This FINRA letter marks the first stage and hopefully the last of any FINRA inquiry into a particular matter. At this point, you have not been accused of any violation of the law or any securities industry rule, and there will be no black marks on your FINRA record in the Central Record Depository (“CRD”) or on the FINRA BrokerCheck website. You want to keep it that way! As your FINRA defense lawyers, we will immediately reach out to FINRA, obtain a reasonable extension of time to comply with request for documents and/or date of your On-the-Record testimony to investigate the issue, and gather and review the information requested. We will determine the trigger event and/or nature of the inquiry, such as the following: Automated Surveillance Program flagging of potential insider trading, layering, algorithm gaming, wash sales, marking-the-close and open, front running, etc. Form U4 or U5 filing disclosing: customer complaints; arrests, criminal charges and convictions; Liens, Bankruptcies, and compromises with creditors; and/or outside business activities. Customer Complaints made directly to FINRA through its Hotline. Actions by or referrals from other regulatory agencies, like the SEC or state securities regulators. The less interaction you have with the FINRA investigator, and the more interaction your FINRA defense attorney has with the investigator the less harm you will inflict upon yourself. Sometimes the list of documents requested and/or questions asked are numerous and burdensome. Unfortunately, you simply cannot refuse to comply with the FINRA 8210 request and expose yourself to sanctions for non-compliance. As your FINRA defense lawyers, we will make sure that the FINRA investigator is not over-reaching and making unreasonable requests for documents, which you will have to supply; not only documents in your possession and custody, but you will also be required to supply documents within your “control,” such as bank statements and other records and/or tax returns in the files of your bank or accountant. As your FINRA defense attorneys, we will negotiate the scope of the document production with the investigator to ensure you are not being harassed by the regulator and producing only what is necessary for them to conduct their investigation. If you are being scheduled for an On-the-Record (“OTR”) examination, FINRA’s equivalent to a deposition without any rules, we will prepare you for the examination and advise you on your limited rights and how to answer the questions truthfully to lessen the consequences of your testimony. In the end, it is our goal as your FINRA defense lawyer to end the inquiry after the OTR in the shortest amount of time and at the least expense. Unfortunately, in many cases, the FINRA investigators and attorneys already have the evidence they need and determined that a violation of the securities laws or industry rules has occurred and are determined to bring an enforcement action. 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Margate Florida FINRA 8210 Defense Lawyers

John Pena of Margate Florida was sanctioned by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for accepting a client loan without his firm’s permission. Mr. Pena first became registered at the Concord Equity Group, LLC (CEG) as a General Securities Representative. FINRA found that Mr. Pena borrowed $20,000 from two customers without his firm’s approval. This was a direct violation of his employer member firm’s written procedures and NASD Rule 8210, NASD Conduct Rule 8210, and FINRA Conduct Rule 2010. According to FINRA, Mr. Pena failed to repay the loan, and when asked to provide documentation, Mr. Pena failed to timely and completely fulfill FINRA’s request. Mr. Pena agreed to settle the FINRA sanctions, without admitting or denying them, and was permanently barred from any association with any FINRA member. Do You Need a FINRA 8210 Attorney? You may have read that John Pena of Margate Florida was permanently barred by FINRA from working in the securities industry because he violated FINRA Rule 8210. He could have avoided that FINRA 8210 bar from the securities industry with a skilled and experienced FINRA 8210 defense attorney. My guess is that you are reading this article because you probably just received a letter from FINRA via certified mail that states: You are notified that the FINRA office is conducting an inquiry to determine whether violations of the federal securities laws or FINRA, NASD, NYSE, or MSRB rules have occurred. In the next paragraph, you are being requested, “Pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210,” to provide a slew of documents and/or to appear at a FINRA office to give “On-the-Record” testimony and then you read the warning: Under FINRA Rule 8210, you are obligated to respond to this request fully, promptly and without qualification.  You are also obligated to supplement or correct any response that you later learned to have been incomplete or inaccurate.  If you withhold any responsive documents or information, you must specifically identify what you are withholding and state the basis for your doing so.  Any failure on your part to satisfy these obligations could expose you to sanctions, including a permanent bar from the securities industry. To a FINRA registered representative, who has never received such a letter in their career, it can be intimidating and cause a great deal of anxiety.  You are probably asking yourself: Why did I get this letter? What does it mean to my career? What should I do or not do? First, you must not ignore the letter because if you do and are currently registered and still working with a broker dealer, you will be suspended, and if you still do not comply with the request, you will be permanently barred from working in the securities industry just like John Pena, above. Second, if you are still working for a brokerage firm, you must notify the firm and provide a copy of the FINRA letter to your immediate supervisor and/or compliance officer. Third, you will need advice from an experienced FINRA defense lawyer on how to respond to the FINRA inquiry and protect you from sanctions. If your employer is not going to supply legal counsel free of any conflict of interest or you are no longer registered and working for any firm, you will need to hire your own FINRA defense attorney. This FINRA letter marks the first stage and hopefully the last of any FINRA inquiry into a particular matter. At this point, you have not been accused of any violation of the law or any securities industry rule, and there will be no black marks on your FINRA record in the Central Record Depository (“CRD”) or on the FINRA BrokerCheck website. You want to keep it that way! As your FINRA defense lawyers, we will immediately reach out to FINRA, obtain a reasonable extension of time to comply with request for documents and/or date of your On-the-Record testimony to investigate the issue, and gather and review the information requested. We will determine the trigger event and/or nature of the inquiry, such as the following: Automated Surveillance Program flagging of potential insider trading, layering, algorithm gaming, wash sales, marking-the-close and open, front running, etc. Form U4 or U5 filing disclosing: customer complaints; arrests, criminal charges and convictions; Liens, Bankruptcies, and compromises with creditors; and/or outside business activities. Customer Complaints made directly to FINRA through its Hotline. Actions by or referrals from other regulatory agencies, like the SEC or state securities regulators. The less interaction you have with the FINRA investigator, and the more interaction your FINRA defense attorney has with the investigator the less harm you will inflict upon yourself. Sometimes the list of documents requested and/or questions asked are numerous and burdensome. Unfortunately, you simply cannot refuse to comply with the FINRA 8210 request and expose yourself to sanctions for non-compliance. As your FINRA defense lawyers, we will make sure that the FINRA investigator is not over-reaching and making unreasonable requests for documents, which you will have to supply; not only documents in your possession and custody, but you will also be required to supply documents within your “control,” such as bank statements and other records and/or tax returns in the files of your bank or accountant. As your FINRA defense attorneys, we will negotiate the scope of the document production with the investigator to ensure you are not being harassed by the regulator and producing only what is necessary for them to conduct their investigation. If you are being scheduled for an On-the-Record (“OTR”) examination, FINRA’s equivalent to a deposition without any rules, we will prepare you for the examination and advise you on your limited rights and how to answer the questions truthfully to lessen the consequences of your testimony. In the end, it is our goal as your FINRA defense lawyer to end the inquiry after the OTR in the shortest amount of time and at the least expense. Unfortunately, in many cases, the FINRA investigators and attorneys already have the evidence they need and determined that a...

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FINRA 8210 Defense Lawyers

Darren Dietrich of Plant City Florida was sanctioned by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for failing to appear and testify at on-the-record interviews. Mr. Dietrich was under investigation by FINRA for allegedly executing unauthorized trades. FINRA alleged that Mr. Dietrich purchased nearly 3,000 shares in Terex Corp. (TEX) and Direxionshares Small Cap Bull (TNA) without his client’s knowledge or authorization. In a response to a FINRA staff request for information regarding the alleged unauthorized trading, Mr. Dietrich denied any unauthorized trades. When Mr. Dietrich was later asked to appear and testify, he failed to appear for his testimony. The date for his testimony was rescheduled two more times and again Mr. Dietrich did not appear. The failure to appear and testify is a violation of FINRA Procedural Rule 8210 and Conduct Rule 2010. Mr. Dietrich was permanently barred from association with any FINRA member for violation of these rules. No additional sanctions were imposed. Do You Need a FINRA 8210 Defense Lawyer? You may have read that Darren Dietrich of Plant City Florida was permanently barred by the FINRA from working in the securities industry because he violated FINRA Rule 8210. He could have avoided that FINRA 8210 bar from the securities industry with a skilled and experienced FINRA 8210 defense attorney. My guess is that you are reading this article because you probably just received a letter from FINRA via certified mail that states: You are notified that the FINRA office is conducting an inquiry to determine whether violations of the federal securities laws or FINRA, NASD, NYSE, or MSRB rules have occurred. In the next paragraph, you are being requested, “Pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210,” to provide a slew of documents and/or to appear at a FINRA office to give “On-the-Record” testimony and then you read the warning: Under FINRA Rule 8210, you are obligated to respond to this request fully, promptly and without qualification.  You are also obligated to supplement or correct any response that you later learned to have been incomplete or inaccurate.  If you withhold any responsive documents or information, you must specifically identify what you are withholding and state the basis for your doing so.  Any failure on your part to satisfy these obligations could expose you to sanctions, including a permanent bar from the securities industry. To a FINRA registered representative, who has never received such a letter in their career, it can be intimidating and cause a great deal of anxiety.  You are probably asking yourself: Why did I get this letter? What does it mean to my career? What should I do or not do? First, you must not ignore the letter because if you do and are currently registered and still working with a broker dealer, you will be suspended, and if you still do not comply with the request, you will be permanently barred from working in the securities industry just like Darren Dietrich, above. Second, if you are still working for a brokerage firm, you must notify the firm and provide a copy of the FINRA letter to your immediate supervisor and/or compliance officer. Third, you will need advice from an experienced FINRA defense lawyer on how to respond to the FINRA inquiry and protect you from sanctions. If your employer is not going to supply legal counsel free of any conflict of interest or you are no longer registered and working for any firm, you will need to hire your own FINRA defense attorney. This FINRA letter marks the first stage and hopefully the last of any FINRA inquiry into a particular matter. At this point, you have not been accused of any violation of the law or any securities industry rule, and there will be no black marks on your FINRA record in the Central Record Depository (“CRD”) or on the FINRA BrokerCheck website. You want to keep it that way! As your FINRA defense lawyers, we will immediately reach out to FINRA, obtain a reasonable extension of time to comply with request for documents and/or date of your On-the-Record testimony to investigate the issue, and gather and review the information requested. We will determine the trigger event and/or nature of the inquiry, such as the following: Automated Surveillance Program flagging of potential insider trading, layering, algorithm gaming, wash sales, marking-the-close and open, front running, etc. Form U4 or U5 filing disclosing: customer complaints; arrests, criminal charges and convictions; Liens, Bankruptcies, and compromises with creditors; and/or outside business activities. Customer Complaints made directly to FINRA through its Hotline. Actions by or referrals from other regulatory agencies, like the SEC or state securities regulators. The less interaction you have with the FINRA investigator, and the more interaction your FINRA defense attorney has with the investigator the less harm you will inflict upon yourself. Sometimes the list of documents requested and/or questions asked are numerous and burdensome. Unfortunately, you simply cannot refuse to comply with the FINRA 8210 request and expose yourself to sanctions for non-compliance. As your FINRA defense lawyers, we will make sure that the FINRA investigator is not over-reaching and making unreasonable requests for documents, which you will have to supply; not only documents in your possession and custody, but you will also be required to supply documents within your “control,” such as bank statements and other records and/or tax returns in the files of your bank or accountant. As your FINRA defense attorneys, we will negotiate the scope of the document production with the investigator to ensure you are not being harassed by the regulator and producing only what is necessary for them to conduct their investigation. If you are being scheduled for an On-the-Record (“OTR”) examination, FINRA’s equivalent to a deposition without any rules, we will prepare you for the examination and advise you on your limited rights and how to answer the questions truthfully to lessen the consequences of your testimony. In the end, it is our goal as your FINRA defense lawyer to end the inquiry after the OTR in...

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Venice Florida FINRA 8210 Defense Lawyer

Tyge Tuccillo of Venice Florida was sanctioned by FINRA for failure to testify and produce documents relating to his clients investments in Medical Capital Holdings, Inc. (MedCap). Mt. Tuccillo was a general securities representative with a series 6, 7, and 63 license. Mr. Tuccillo was last employed at American Portfolios Financial Services Inc., where the brokerage firm was under investigation by FINRA for selling investments in MedCap to at least 39 investors. MedCap raised funds through the sale of promissory notes through brokers like Mr. Tuccillo. However, the SEC found that MedCap had defrauded thousands of investors. The SEC claimed that MedCap misrepresented that it never defaulted on any principal or interest payment; it found that MedCap paid late nearly $1 billion in principal and interest on the notes from its Regulation D offering. The SEC also alleged that MedCap executives misappropriated approximately $18.5 million of investors’ funds. Mr. Tuccillo was under investigation by FINRA for allegedly selling private placements offered by MedCap. When FINRA ordered Mr. Tuccillo to testify, he refused and agreed to settle FINRA’s allegations, without admitting or denying them. For failing to testify in violation of FINRA Codes 8210 and 2010, Mr. Tuccillo was permanently barred from association with any FINRA member. You may have read that Tyge Tuccillo of Venice Florida was permanently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) from working in the securities industry because he violated FINRA Rule 8210. He could have avoided that FINRA 8210 bar from the securities industry with a skilled and experienced FINRA 8210 defense attorney. Do You Need a FINRA 8210 Lawyer? My guess is that you are reading this article because you probably just received a letter from FINRA via certified mail that states: You are notified that the FINRA office is conducting an inquiry to determine whether violations of the federal securities laws or FINRA, NASD, NYSE, or MSRB rules have occurred. In the next paragraph, you are being requested, “Pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210,” to provide a slew of documents and/or to appear at a FINRA office to give “On-the-Record” testimony and then you read the warning: Under FINRA Rule 8210, you are obligated to respond to this request fully, promptly and without qualification.  You are also obligated to supplement or correct any response that you later learned to have been incomplete or inaccurate.  If you withhold any responsive documents or information, you must specifically identify what you are withholding and state the basis for your doing so.  Any failure on your part to satisfy these obligations could expose you to sanctions, including a permanent bar from the securities industry. To a FINRA registered representative, who has never received such a letter in their career, it can be intimidating and cause a great deal of anxiety.  You are probably asking yourself: Why did I get this letter? What does it mean to my career? What should I do or not do? First, you must not ignore the letter because if you do and are currently registered and still working with a broker dealer, you will be suspended, and if you still do not comply with the request, you will be permanently barred from working in the securities industry just like Tyge Tuccillo, above. Second, if you are still working for a brokerage firm, you must notify the firm and provide a copy of the FINRA letter to your immediate supervisor and/or compliance officer. Third, you will need advice from an experienced FINRA defense lawyer on how to respond to the FINRA inquiry and protect you from sanctions. If your employer is not going to supply legal counsel free of any conflict of interest or you are no longer registered and working for any firm, you will need to hire your own FINRA defense attorney. This FINRA letter marks the first stage and hopefully the last of any FINRA inquiry into a particular matter. At this point, you have not been accused of any violation of the law or any securities industry rule, and there will be no black marks on your FINRA record in the Central Record Depository (“CRD”) or on the FINRA BrokerCheck website. You want to keep it that way! As your FINRA defense lawyers, we will immediately reach out to FINRA, obtain a reasonable extension of time to comply with request for documents and/or date of your On-the-Record testimony to investigate the issue, and gather and review the information requested. We will determine the trigger event and/or nature of the inquiry, such as the following: Automated Surveillance Program flagging of potential insider trading, layering, algorithm gaming, wash sales, marking-the-close and open, front running, etc. Form U4 or U5 filing disclosing: customer complaints; arrests, criminal charges and convictions; Liens, Bankruptcies, and compromises with creditors; and/or outside business activities. Customer Complaints made directly to FINRA through its Hotline. Actions by or referrals from other regulatory agencies, like the SEC or state securities regulators. The less interaction you have with the FINRA investigator, and the more interaction your FINRA defense attorney has with the investigator the less harm you will inflict upon yourself. Sometimes the list of documents requested and/or questions asked are numerous and burdensome. Unfortunately, you simply cannot refuse to comply with the FINRA 8210 request and expose yourself to sanctions for non-compliance. As your FINRA defense lawyers, we will make sure that the FINRA investigator is not over-reaching and making unreasonable requests for documents, which you will have to supply; not only documents in your possession and custody, but you will also be required to supply documents within your “control,” such as bank statements and other records and/or tax returns in the files of your bank or accountant. As your FINRA defense attorneys, we will negotiate the scope of the document production with the investigator to ensure you are not being harassed by the regulator and producing only what is necessary for them to conduct their investigation. If you are being scheduled for an On-the-Record (“OTR”) examination, FINRA’s equivalent to...

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