The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims that advisor Tyler Dean Delahunt (“Delahunt”) has been accused by a securities regulator of engaging in unapproved business activities among other allegations. Delahunt was sanctioned by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) concerning his private securities and undisclosed outside business activity conduct. According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Reed was employed by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. (“Merrill Lynch”) at the time of the activity. If you have been a victim of Delahunt’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 Delahunt consented to sanctions and findings that he failed to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in connection with its investigation into Delahunt’s termination. Delahunt’s former firm, Merrill Lynch filed a Form U5 disclosing his termination for alleged misconduct involving the solicitation of clients in an outside investment and participating in financial arrangements with clients.
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.
Delahunt entered the securities industry in 2001. From October 2016 until August 2020 Delahunt was registered with Merrill Lynch out of the firm’s Atlanta, Georgia 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.