Broker Michael Gates Alleged to Have Made Unauthorized Trades in Client Accounts

shutterstock_95643673According to broker Michael Gates (Gates) Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) BrokerCheck records the representative was recently sanctioned concerning allegations that from January 2011, through October 2011, he effected approximately 22 discretionary transactions for two firm customers without written authorization from the customers or approval from the firm.

Gates first entered the securities industry in September 1997. Thereafter, in April 2004, Gates became registered with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (Wells Fargo). In March 2012, Wells Fargo terminated Gates alleging that the broker may have entered mutual fund sales without authorization of his clients. After termination of his registration with Wells Fargo, Gates became registered with Morgan Stanley where he is currently registered. In addition, at least two customers have filed complaints against Gates alleging unsuitable investments, and excessive trading (churning).

NASD Rule 2510 prohibits brokers from exercising any discretionary power in a customer’s account unless there is written authorization and the account has been accepted by the member. FINRA alleged that Gates was not approved by his firm to exercise discretion in the customers accounts but nonetheless effected 22 discretionary transactions for two customers.

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