According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advisor James Anderson (Anderson), formerly associated with Ameritas Investment Corp. (Ameritas), and operating under the d/b/a name Central Financial Group was terminated by Ameritas in February 2019. Anderson was accused by Ameritas, upon conclusion of internal investigation, that he was found to have engaged in the sales of Indexed Annuities and Promissory Notes away from the firm.
In addition, in 2013 FINRA had found that during the exam period, Anderson was found to have sold Indexed Annuities that were not listed on the firm’s approved list. The transactions equaled to an undisclosed outside business activity, to which prompt/prior notice was not given to the firm.
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”. At this point is unclear what securities or business activities Anderson was engaged in. His public disclosures state only that he operated out of his d/b/a firm Central Financial Group.
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.
Anderson entered the securities industry in 2004. From July 2004 until February 2019 Anderson was associated with Ameritas out of the firm’s Dakota Dunes, South Dakota 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.