The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently barred broker Mark Weindling (Weindling) concerning allegations that Weindling failed to respond to the regulator’s requests to provide information and documents concerning the an investigation into claims that Weindling effected transactions within the account of a deceased customer.
Weindling entered the securities industry in 1982. From October 2007 until April 2012, Weindling was associated with Paulson Investment Company, Inc. Thereafter, in April 2012, Weindling became registered with JHS Capital Advisors, LLC (JHS). On May 16, 2014, JHS filed a Form U5 that terminated Weindling’s registration with JHS.
On the form, JHS reported that Weindling effected transactions within the account of a deceased customer and that he was aware of journal requests containing the forged signature of the deceased customer. Thereafter, FINRA sought to investigate JHS’s statements by sending Weindling requests for information. On January 27, 2015, FINRA sent a letter to Weindling’s counsel requesting that Weindling provide documents and information. Despite, multiple requests for information, Weindling acknowledged receipt of FINRA’s requests but confirmed that he did not intend to provide the requested documents and information.
Brokerage firms cannot claim ignorance of their advisor’s 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 violating the securities laws and industry rules.
Investors who have suffered losses with broker Weindling or any other advisor may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration. The attorneys at Gana LLP are experienced in representing investors in cases where their broker has acted inappropriately. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.