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FINRA has barred former LPL Financial LLC broker Jason LaBelle from the securities industry. Mr. LaBelle was expelled from the brokerage industry for failing to provide information requested pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210, in connection with a FINRA investigation of Mr. LaBelle’s possible violation of a prior AWC.

Back in January 2020, FINRA accepted an AWC in which Mr. LaBelle consented to the entry of findings that, while associated with LPL, he participated in an outside business activity without having provided prior written notice to his firm. The AWC suspended Mr. LaBelle from associating with any FINRA member firm in all capacities for three months and imposed a $5,000 fine.

By refusing to produce information and documents, Mr. LaBelle violated FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010.

FINRA has suspended former LPL Financial LLC broker Eric Burton from the securities industry for 3 months for allegedly falsifying documents that he submitted to LPL in connection with twenty two variable annuity (“VA”) exchanges.

Burton was also fined $5,000. 

If you have lost money with Eric Burton, or LPL Financial LLC, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended financial advisor Kevin McCallum from the securities industry for one year.  Mr. McCallum consented to the suspension after FINRA alleged that from May 2017 through June 2019, while associated with LPL Financial LLC in Birmingham, Alabama, he made unsuitable recommendations to 12 customers, resulting in their overconcentration in a high-risk, publicly-traded business development company (BDC), believed to be Medley Capital Corporation.

Additionally, FINRA alleged that during the same period, Mr. McCallum sent emails to customers about the BDC that contained unwarranted and exaggerated claims, opinions, and forecasts, did not provide fair and balanced treatment of the risks and benefits of the investment, and contained promissory statements in violation of FINRA rules.

In addition to the suspension, Mr. McCallum was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine, disgorge $14,231 of commissions, and pay over $1.2 million in restitution to customers. However, it is unclear whether he will be able to satisfy the restation order and repay customers.

FINRA has suspended former LPL Financial LLC broker Jason Howell Poff from the securities industry. According to an Office of Hearing Officers (“OHO”) order, Poff engaged in two outside business activities without his firm’s approval.

Poff’s suspension began on June 7, 2021, and is scheduled to end on September 6, 2021. He was also fined $5,000.

If you have lost money with Jason Howell Poff, or LPL Financial LLC, contact FINRA arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended stockbroker Peter Suyama from the securities industry for 20 days.  Mr. Suyama consented to the suspension after FINRA alleged that in April 2019, while associated with LPL Financial LLC in McClean, Virginia, Mr. Suyama violated FINRA Rules 3280 and 2010 by participating in a private securities transaction involving the purchase of $50,000 in preferred shares of a biotechnology company without proving notice to or obtaining the firm’s approval for the transactions.  Mr. Suyama is currently associated with MML Investors Services, LLC in Glen Allen, Virginia.  Mr. Suyama was also associated with Ameriprise Financial Services from 2006 to 2017.

FINRA Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent No. 2019064900501

Peter Bruce Suyama and FINRA entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (“AWC”) on June 10, 2021, after FINRA made the following allegations:

FINRA has barred former Wells Fargo broker Mario Rivero, Jr. from the securities industry for failing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations made by two former customers.

If you have lost money with Mario Rivero, Jr., Wells Fargo, or LPL Financial LLC, contact FINRA arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

FINRA Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent

FINRA has barred former LPL Financial LLC broker John Edgar Simmons, Jr. from the securities industry for refusing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation.

Mr. Simmons, Jr. was most recently registered as a broker with LPL Financial LLC in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

If you have lost money with John Edgar Simmons, Jr., or LPL Financial LLC, contact FINRA arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

FINRA has barred former LPL Financial LLC broker John Scott from the securities industry. According to FINRA, the matter originated from an investigation of Mr. Scott’s potential participation in certain private placement offerings.

If you have lost money with John Scott, or LPL Financial LLC, contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

Iorio Altamirano LLP represents investors in disputes with their financial advisors and brokerage firms, such as LPL Financial LLC.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has suspended financial advisor Elias Hakimian from the securities industry for three months.  Mr. Hakimian consented to the suspension after FINRA alleged that he borrowed $120,000 from a customer without notice to or obtaining written pre-approval from his employing brokerage firm, LPL Financial LLC, in violation of FINRA Rules 3240 and 2010.  FINRA also fined Mr. Hakimian $5,000.

LPL Financial LLC allowed Mr. Hakimian to “voluntarily resign” after a customer alleged that he engaged in churning in the customer’s accounts and invested the customer’s funds in speculative ventures contrary to the customer’s objectives and risk tolerance, in addition to taking loans from the customer.

Excessive trading occurs when a financial advisor makes many trades in a customer’s account, not to benefit the customer but to generate commissions for the broker.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has barred stockbroker Rhett Douglas Bedwell from the securities industry.  Mr. Bedwell was expelled from the brokerage industry for refusing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation in whether Mr. Bedwell moved a client’s IRA to a different administrator and used forged documentation to invest the client’s money into a Ponzi Scheme.

Mr. Bedwell was a financial advisor with LPL Financial LLC (“LPL Financial”) in Rodgers, Arkansas, from November 2017 until his employment ended in August 2019.  On September 9, 2020, LPL Financial disclosed that Mr. Bedwell had been identified in a pending customer arbitration alleging that in 2019, he moved a client’s IRA to a different administrator and used forged documentation to invest the client’s money into a Ponzi Scheme.

Before his employment with LPL Financial, Mr. Bedwell was a financial advisor at Arvest Wealth Management in Bentonville, Arkansas, from July 2015 until November 2017.

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