Advisor Byron Treat Permanently Barred From Industry Over Sale of Church Bonds

shutterstock_152933045-300x200The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Byron Treat (Treat) has been accused by a securities regulator of failing to supervise recommendations of certain illiquid investments. Treat was sanctioned by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) concerning whether Treat reasonably supervised the sale of certain illiquid investment.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Treat was employed by Great Nation Investment Corporation (Great Nation) at the time of the activity. If you have been a victim of Treat’s alleged misconduct, our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

In January 2021, FINRA brought a regulatory action and found that Treat consented to sanctions and findings that he failed to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in connection with an investigation into whether Treat reasonably supervised the sale of certain illiquid investments while at Great Nation.

In February 2021 Great Nation terminated Treat alleging that he failed to supervise the sale of certain church bonds and failed to provide information related to the investigation.

In May 2013, Treat consented to a fine of $5,000 for failing to establish, maintain, and enforce an adequate supervisory system regarding the offering of certain investments at Great Nation.

Brokers are required under the securities laws to treat their clients fairly.  This obligation includes the duties to disclose material risks of the investments they recommend and to present products, particularly complex or confusing products, in a fair and balanced manner that allows the client to evaluate the recommendation.  Another important obligation advisors have is to make only suitable recommendations for investments to the client.  There are many investments that are not appropriate for the majority of investors or for certain investors given their risk tolerance, age, and other factors.  Advisors should not present these investment options to clients.  There are two screens that advisors must employ to determine whether an investment is suitable for a client.  First, there must be a reasonable basis for the recommendation – meaning that the product has been investigated and due diligence conducted into the investment’s features, benefits, risks, and other relevant factors.  The advisor must conclude that the investment is suitable for at least some investors and some securities may be suitable for no one.  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.

Treat entered the securities industry in 1986. From July 1989 until February 2021, Treat was registered with Great Nation out of the firm’s Amarillo, Texas office location.

Investors who have suffered losses are encouraged to contact us at (800) 810-4262 for consultation. Investors may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration.  The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are experienced in representing investors and brokerage firms failure to supervise their representatives.  Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.

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