According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advisor Adam Veron (Veron), in February 2017, was terminated by his then employer Questar Capital Corporation (Questar). Questar stated that Veron was terminated due to undisclosed outside business activities and the sale of unapproved products.
Thereafter, in August 2017, FINRA brought action against Veron barring him from the industry. FINRA alleged that in July 2015, Veron formed Contract Funding and Corporate Management, LLC (CFCM) and served as its President. CFCM allegedly provides a line of credit to a company which uses the funds to fulfill its federal procurement contracts and then pays profits to CFCM. FINRA found that Veron sold approximately $1.8 million worth of shares in CFCM. FINRA found that Veron participated in CFCM by soliciting the investors, hiring legal counsel to draft the Subscription Agreement and Private Offering Memorandum, accepting investments by check, depositing those checks into a bank account that he controlled, providing the investors with the Offering Documents, distributing profits from CFCM, managing CFCM’s relationship with the company, and deciding who could invest in CFCM.
The providing of loans or selling of notes and other investments outside of a brokerage firm constitutes impermissible private securities transactions – a practice known in the industry as “selling away”.
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 when these incidents occur the brokerage firm claims ignorance of their advisor’s activities the firm is obligated under the FINRA rules to properly monitor and supervise its employees in order to detect and prevent brokers from offering investments in this fashion. 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 misconduct often occurs where brokerage firms 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.
Veron entered the securities industry in 2002. From September 2009 until October 2013 Veron was associated with LPL Financial LLC. Thereafter, from September 2013 until February 2017 Veron was associated with Questar out of the firm’s Lake Charles, Louisiana office location.
Investors who have suffered losses may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration. The attorneys at Gana Weinstein 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.