The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are currently investigating claims against broker Nick Son (Son), currently associated with Aegis Capital Corp. (Aegis) out of New York, New York. According to a BrokerCheck report, Son has been subject to at least seven customer disputes during the course of his career. According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Son’s customer complaints concern allegations of unauthorized trading, unsuitable investments, and misrepresentations among other claims.
In February 2018 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Son violated the securities laws by making unauthorized trading and unsuitable investment recommendations. The customer requested $224,968 in damages. The dispute is currently pending.
In April 2016 a customer alleged that in March 2016, Son engaged in high pressure sales tactics and misrepresentations causing $65,984 in damages. The claim was denied.
Advisors are not allowed to engage in unauthorized trading. Such trading occurs when a broker sells securities without the prior authority from the investor. All brokers are under an obligation to first discuss trades with the investor before executing them under NYSE Rule 408(a) and FINRA Rules 2510(b). These rules explicitly prohibit brokers from making discretionary trades in a customers non-discretionary accounts. The SEC has also found that unauthorized trading to be fraudulent nature because no disclosure could be more important to an investor than to be made aware that a trade will take place.
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 shown 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.
Son entered the securities industry in 1983. From March 2012 to September 2014, Son was registered with WTS Proprietary Trading Group LLC. Since September 2014 Son has been employed by Aegis out of the firm’s New York, New York office location.
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