The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned and barred broker Ted Cadwallader (Cadwallader) concerning allegations that Cadwallader 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 FINRA to require persons associated with a FINRA member to provide information with respect to any matter involved in the investigation. In August 2014, FINRA alleged that it pursued an investigation into allegations that Cadwallader engaged in undisclosed outside business activities. On November 21, 2014, FINRA requested that Cadwallader appear and provide testimony. FINRA stated that Cadwallader told the regulator that he would not provide information or cooperate in the investigation. Consequently, he was barred from the industry
According to Cadwallader’s brokercheck he has disclosed outside business activities including ownership of The Faith Based Coach. Cadwallader is also on the board of directors of Pacer BioScience and a board member of EarthEnergy Technologies LLC. It is unclear at this time what organization or product Cadwallader was involved with or selling that FINRA was investigating.
Cadwallader first became registered with FINRA through his association with a member firm in 1999. From August 1999 through October 2014, Cadwallader was associated with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. (Ameriprise).
The allegations against Cadwallader 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 brokerage firm that either fail to put in place a reasonable supervisory system or fail to actually implement that system. Supervisory failures allow brokers to engage in unsupervised misconduct that can include all manner improper conduct including selling away.
In cases of selling away the investor is unaware that the advisor’s investments are improper. In many of these cases the investor will not learn that the broker’s activities were wrongful until after the investment scheme is publicized, the broker is fired or charged by law enforcement, or stops returning client calls altogether.
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.