According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Suhail Khan (Khan), formerly associated with LPL Financial, LLC. (LPL Financial) in Chicago, Illinois was barred by FINRA. In August 2017 Khan failed to respond to requests by FINRA for documents and information.
Thereafter, in May 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that between 2013 and 2017, the advisor recommended unsuitable, speculative investments in the advisor’s own business, a hedge fund, oil and gas partnerships, and a real estate investment trust and that some of these investments were unregistered securities.
At this time it is unclear the nature or scope of the alleged OBAs and/or private securities transactions that Khan may have been involved in. Khan’s disclosures state a number of OBAs including Omni Casualty and Property Insurance and SK Associates Financial.
Often accompanied with either disclosed or undisclosed OBAs is the risk of the sale of unapproved investment products – 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. When advisors convert or misappropriate funds they often created businesses or other vehicles to serve as a cover for the theft 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.
Khan entered the securities industry in 1999. From May 2013 until April 2017 Khan was associated with LPL Financial out of the firm’s Chicago, Illinios 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.