Advisor Dana Vietor Sanctioned Over Promissory Note Sales

shutterstock_93851422-300x240The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Dana Vietor (Vietor) has been accused by his former employer and a financial regulator of selling a non-approved product among other allegations.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Vietor was terminated by his prior employer, CFD Investments, Inc. (CFD Investments) concerning his outside business activities.  Thereafter, FINRA barred Vietor from the securities industry relating to sales activities.  If you have been a victim of Vietor’s alleged misconduct our firm may be able to assist you in recovering funds.

In November 2018 CFD Investments terminated Vietor after alleging that he engaged in private securities transactions without providing information to the firm or seeking approval for the transactions. Financial adviser submitted annual questionnaires to the firm advising the firm that he was not engaging in private securities transactions.

In March 2020 FINRA filed a regulatory action against Vietor finding that Vietor consented to sanctions and findings that he engaged in the sale of promissory notes called deposit agreements totaling more than $3 million without disclosing and receiving approval from his member firms for the private securities transactions. FINRA also found that Vietor was engaged in a start-up business venture that required funding and that the deposit agreements raised funds for entities associated with the business venture.

Vietor’s outside business activities disclosed on his publicly available BrokerCheck report include Financial Independence Corporation, SRS Holdings LLC, and SRS Management LLC.

Our law firm has significant experience bringing cases on behalf of defrauded victims when their advisors engage in receiving loans from clients or selling securities sales through OBAs.  The sale of unapproved investment products – is a practice known in the industry as “selling away” – a serious violation of the securities laws.  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.  Sometimes those investments have some legitimacy but often times these types of investments can end up being Ponzi schemes or the advisor can be engaging in the conversion of funds.

However, federal securities laws and the FINRA rules require firms to 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.

Vietor entered the securities industry in 1981.  From June 2013 until July 2014 Vietor was associated with Cape Securities Inc.  From July 2014 until July 2016 Vietor was registered with Oakbridge Financial Services.  From July 2016 until November 2018 Vietor was registered with CFD Investments out of the firm’s Dallas, 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 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.

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