FINRA Bars Thomas Hogle Over Investigation Into Unsuitable Trades in a 101 Year Old’s Account

shutterstock_177976076The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred (Case No. 20150443048) broker Thomas Hogle (Hogle) after the broker failed to respond to a letter from the regulator requesting information. While the BrokerCheck records kept by FINRA do not disclose all the facts being investigated by the regulatory inquiry, FINRA sent Hogle a request for documents in connection with their investigation that unsuitable investment recommendations were made in an account of a 101 year-old customer. On April 15, 2015, Hogle acknowledged FINRA’s requests but refused to produce documents or information resulting in the bar from the securities industry.

According to the BrokerCheck records Hogle has been the subject of at least one customer complaint and three financial matters and liens. The customer complaints against Hogle allege a number of securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments, unauthorized trading, and churning (excessive trading) among other claims.

Hogle entered the securities industry in 1998. From April 2008, until September 2011, Hogle was associated with Nelsonreid, Inc. Thereafter, from October 2011, until May 2015, Hogle was a registered representative of B.B. Graham & Company, Inc.

Advisers have an obligation to deal fairly with investors and that obligation includes making suitable investment recommendations. In order to make suitable recommendations the broker must have a reasonable basis for recommending the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation of the investments properties including its costs, benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors. In addition, the broker must also understand the customer’s specific investment objectives to determine whether or not the specific product or security being recommended is appropriate for the customer based upon their needs.

The number of complaints and regulatory actions against Hogle is relatively large by industry standards. According to InvestmentNews, only about 12% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records. Brokers must disclose different types of events, not necessarily all of which are customer complaints. These disclosures can include IRS tax liens, judgments, and even criminal matters.

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 where their broker has acted inappropriately. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.