Broker John Galinsky Suspended For Failing to Pay Arbitration Award

shutterstock_187735889According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker John Galinsky (Galinsky) has been the subject of at least 4 customer complaints, 2 regulatory actions, 2 employment separations for cause, and two criminal matters. In the most recent action, eleven claimants brought claims against Matrix Capital Group, Inc., John W. Eugster, Fintegra LLC, and Galinsky, alleging numerous securities law violations including breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitable investments, and misrepresentations relating to the sale of MiaSole Investments II LLC.

At an arbitration hearing, the arbitrators found that Galinsky and Fintegra were liable and asked them to buy back the investor’s securities in MiaSole totaling over $1.19 million in compensatory damages, and awarding $308,000 in attorneys’ fees and over $35,000 in costs. Since the award, Fintegra filed for bankruptcy.

Subsequently, Galinsky failed to pay the arbitration award. On August 7, 2015, FINRA suspended Galinsky’s broker license for failing to comply with the arbitration award and failing to provide FINRA information concerning status of compliance with the award.

Galinsky entered the securities industry in 1986. From July 2006 until November 2009, Galinsky was associated with Advanced Equities, Inc. Thereafter, Galinsky, from January 2010, until December 2011, was associated with Fintegra, LLC. Presently, Galinsky is a registered representative with National Securities Corporation out of the firm’s Chicago, Illinois office locations.

All advisers have a fundamental responsibility to deal fairly with investors including making suitable investment recommendations. In order to make suitable recommendations the broker must have a reasonable basis for recommending the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation of the investments properties including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors. In addition, the broker must also understand the customer’s specific investment objectives to determine whether or not the specific product or security being recommended is appropriate for the customer based upon their needs.

The number of customer complaints against Galinsky is high relative to his peers. According to InvestmentNews, only about 12% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records. Brokers must publicly disclose certain types of reportable events on their CRD including but not limited to customer complaints. In addition to disclosing client disputes brokers must divulge IRS tax liens, judgments, and criminal matters. However, FINRA’s records are not always complete according to a Wall Street Journal story that checked with 26 state regulators and found that at least 38,400 brokers had regulatory or financial red flags such as a personal bankruptcy that showed up in state records but not on BrokerCheck. More disturbing is the fact that 19,000 out of those 38,400 brokers had spotless BrokerCheck records.

Gana Weinstein LLP represents investors who have suffered investment losses due to broker wrongdoing, such as unsuitable investments. The majority of these 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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