Broker Charles Evan Subject to Regulatory and Customer Complaints Over Annuity Practices

shutterstock_132704474-300x200According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Charles Evan (Evan), formerly employed by MML Investors Services, LLC (MML Investors) has been subject to five customer complaints, one regulatory action, and one employment termination for cause during his career.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), many of the customer complaints against Walker concern allegations over various annuities, insurance, and variable annuity sales practices.

In October 2019 MML Investors terminated Evan alleging inappropriate traditional insurance sales practices.  Thereafter, FINRA investigated Evan, and in January 2020, FINRA found that Evan consented to the sanction and findings that he refused to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in connection with allegations concerning inappropriate traditional insurance sales practices.

In March 2020 a client complained that Evan violated the securities laws alleging that after meeting with Evan in 2017, he sold her several variable annuities that were found to be unsuitable for her needs. The customer alleged $157,370 in damages.  The claim is currently pending.

In February 2020 a client complained that Evan violated the securities laws alleging that beginning in 2008, Evan made misrepresentations, and provided bad investment advice on the sales of various products, which resulted in a financial loss.  The claim is currently pending.

Variable annuities are complex financial and insurance products.  In fact, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a publication entitled: Variable Annuities: What You Should Know encouraging investors to ask questions about the variable annuity before investing.  Essentially, a variable annuity is a contract with an insurance company under which the insurer agrees to make periodic payments to you.  The investor chooses the investments made in the annuity and value of your variable annuity will vary depending on the performance of the investment options chosen.  The primary benefits of variable annuities are the death benefit and tax deferment of investment gains.

However, the benefits of variable annuities are often outweighed by the terms of the contract that include exorbitant expenses such as surrender charges, mortality and expense charges, management fees, market-related risks, and rider costs.

According to newsources, a study revealed that 7.3% of financial advisors had a customer complaint on their record when records from 2005 to 2015 were examined.  Brokers must publicly disclose reportable events on their BrokerCheck reports that include customer complaints, IRS tax liens, judgments, investigations, terminations, and criminal cases.  In addition, research has show a disturbing pattern with troublesome brokers where brokers with high numbers of customer complaints are not kicked out of the industry but instead these brokers are sifted to lower quality brokerage firms with loose hiring practices and higher rates of customer complaints.  These lower quality firms may average brokers with five times as many complaints as the industry average.

Evan entered the securities industry in 1977.  From May 2002 until January 2015 Evan was associated with New England Securities.  From January 2015 until March 2017 Evan was associated with MSI Financial Services, Inc.  Finally, from March 2017 until November 2019 Evan was registered with MML Investors out of the firm’s Wellesley, Massachusetts office location.

Investors who have suffered losses are encouraged to contact us at (800) 810-4262 for consultation.  At Gana Weinstein LLP, our attorneys are experienced representing investors who have suffered securities losses due to the mishandling of their accounts.  Claims may be brought in securities arbitration before FINRA.  Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.

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