Phillip Hinze, of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he was fined and suspended for placing unauthorized trades in a customer’s account in a one week time span without the customer’s authorization.
FINRA investigators found that while registered with Oak Ridge Financial Services Group, Inc., Mr. Hinze placed an order to buy 100 shares of an exchange-traded fund (ETF) for $11,175. Seven days later, Mr. Hinze placed orders to buy 260 shares of two other ETFs and 210 shares of another ETF, for a total of $40,482. The customer had not authorized any of the transactions and quickly complained to the member firm, who cancelled the trades and terminated Mr. Hinze’s employment. Continue reading →