In October 2020, FINRA suspended financial advisor Neemit M. Shah (CRD #4812480) for six months from the securities industry and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine. These sanctions arose from Mr. Shah’s solicitation of Future Income Payments, LLC. This blog has previously written about Future Income Payments, LLC.
FINRA alleged that between March 2016 and April 2016, Neemit Shah participated in private securities transactions totaling $408,000, without prior disclosure and approval from his employer at the time, MML Investors Services, LLC. Specifically, FINRA alleged:
- From March through April 2016, Shah solicited investors to purchase $408,000 in securities of Future Income Payments, LLC.
- Future Income Payments, LLC represented itself as a structured cash flow investment that purchased pensions at a discount from pensioners and then sold a portion of those pensions as a “pension stream to investors.”
- Future Income Payments, LLC reportedly promised investors a 7% to 8% rate of return.
- Shah received a total of $8,160 in commissions associated with his sales of Future Income Payments, LLC.
- MML Investors Services, LLC prohibited its financial advisors from participating in private securities transactions without prior written approval from the firm.
- Shah did not provide notice to MML Investors Services, LLC before soliciting investors to purchase securities of Future Income Payments, LLC.
In April 2018, Future Income Payments, LLC ceased business, owing nearly $300 million in unpaid investor payments to over 2,600 individuals. In March 2019, Future Income Payments, LLC and its owner, Scott A. Kohn, were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury alleging a conspiracy to engage in mail and wire fraud. According to the indictment, Future Income Payments, LLC operated a Ponzi scheme.
Mr. Shah was a financial advisor at MML Investors Services, LLC in Glen Allen, Virginia, from December 2016 until November 2018. He was then employed by Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC in Richmond, Virginia, from September 2019 until May 2020.
Brokerage firms like MML Investors Services, LLC must properly supervise financial advisors and customer accounts. Brokerage firms must also establish and maintain a reasonably designed system to oversee account activity, such as private securities transactions, to ensure compliance with securities laws and industry regulations. When a brokerage firm fails to sufficiently supervise its financial advisors or the investment account activity, it may be liable for investment losses sustained by customers.
According to public records, at least one other financial advisor at MML Investors Services, LLC, Micha W. Patterson, has been sanctioned by FINRA for inappropriately soliciting securities of Future Income Payments, LLC.
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