The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned and barred broker Gregg Beemer (Beemer) concerning allegations that Beemer engage in outside business activities including the sales of private securities. When outside business activities also include the recommendation of investments the activity is referred to in the industry as “selling away.”
FINRA Rule 8210 authorizes the regulator to require persons associated with a FINRA member to provide information with respect to any matter involved in the investigation. In December 2014, FINRA alleged that it pursued an investigation into allegations that Beemer engaged in undisclosed outside business activities. FINRA requested that Beemer appear and provide testimony. FINRA stated that Beemer emailed the regulator and stated that he would not provide information or cooperate in the investigation. Consequently, he was barred from the industry
According to Beemer’s brokercheck he has disclosed outside business activities including his insurance business called Associated Insurance Consultants, Inc. It is unclear at this time what organization or product that Beemer was involved with that FINRA was investigating.
Beemer first became registered with FINRA through his association with a member firm in 1993 through Capital Analysts, Incorporated. Next, from June 2012, through November 2014, Beemer was associated with Lincoln Investment.
The allegations against Beemer are consistent with “selling away” securities violation. In the industry the term selling away refers to when a financial advisor solicits investments in companies, promissory notes, or other securities that are not pre-approved by the broker’s affiliated firm. However, even though the brokerage firm claims to be unaware of these activities, under the FINRA rules, a brokerage firm owes a duty to properly monitor and supervise its employees in order to detect and prevent brokers from offering such products. In order to properly supervise their brokers each firm is required to have procedures in order to monitor the activities of each advisor’s activities and interaction with the public. Selling away often occurs in environments where the brokerage firms either fail to put in place a reasonable supervisory system or fail to actually implement that system allowing brokers to engage in unsupervised conduct.
In selling away cases, investors are unaware that the advisor’s investments are either not registered or not real. Typically investors will not learn that the broker’s activities were wrongful until after the investment scheme is publicized or the broker simply shuts down shop and stops returning client calls.
Investors who have suffered losses may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration. The attorneys at Gana LLP are experienced in representing investors in cases of selling away and brokerage firms failure to supervise their representatives. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.