The investment fraud lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are examining multiple customer disputes filed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against broker Gregory Tucker. According to BrokerCheck, Tucker has a multitude of customer complaints mostly pertaining to unsuitability and misrepresentation.
In November 2016, a customer complaint was filed against Tucker alleging that the broker mishandled his client’s account during his employment at D.A Davidson & Co. Tucker allegedly made unsuitable and heavily concentrated recommendations. In addition, Tucker allegedly engaged in excessive trading in regards to the client’s account. The case is pending.
Another currently pending case against Tucker was filed in February 2016 for allegedly misrepresenting an investment product to his client. During the period of March 2009 through January 2016, Tucker allegedly made material and false representations of the municipal bonds that his client then bought. Additionally, the customer claims that Tucker allegedly made recommendations that were unsuitable and lacked diversity, which resulted in substantial portfolio loss for the client.
Tucker entered the industry in 1976. He is currently employed at D.A. Davidson & Co. His previous employment includes: Ruan Securities Corporation (July 1985 – February 2009) and A.F. Stepp Investments Inc. (January 1976 – August 1982).
Brokers have a responsibility treat investors fairly which includes obligations such as making only suitable investments for the client. In order to make a suitable recommendation the broker must meet certain requirements. First, there must be reasonable basis for the recommendation the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation and due diligence into the investment’s properties including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors. Second, the broker then must match the investment as being appropriate for the customer’s specific investment needs and objectives such as the client’s retirement status, long or short term goals, age, disability, income needs, or any other relevant factor.
The number of complaints against Tucker are unusual compared to his peers. According to newsources, only about 7.3% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records among brokers employed from 2005 to 2015. Brokers must publicly disclose reportable events on their CRD customer complaints, IRS tax liens, judgments, investigations, and even criminal matters. However, studies have found that there are fraud hotspots such as certain parts of California, New York or Florida, where the rates of disclosure can reach 18% or higher. Moreover, according to the New York Times, BrokerCheck may be becoming increasing inaccurate and understate broker misconduct as studies have shown that 96.9% of broker requests to clean their records of complaints are granted.
At Gana Weinstein LLP, our attorneys are experienced representing investors who have suffered securities losses due to the mishandling of their accounts. Claims may be brought in securities arbitration before FINRA. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.