LPL Financial LLC (LPL) has terminated its former broker Charles Fackrell (Fackrell), registered with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), alleging that the broker engaged in unapproved private securities transactions (known in the industry as “selling away”) and also due to a felony arrest for obtaining property under false pretenses.
Fackrell entered the securities industry in 2007 and was registered with Morgan Stanley & Co., Incorporated. From July 2008 until December 2009, Fackrell was registered with SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. Thereafter, from December 2009, until June 2010, Fackrell was a broker with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.
According to news sources, Fackrell was arrested in January and faces charges of fraud that police now allege involve more than $500,000. In February Fackrell was served warrants and his bond was set at $2.2 million. News reports state that the victims were unsuspecting investors in Yadkinville and surrounding counties.
The allegations against Fackrell are consistent with “selling away” securities violation. 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. However, even though the brokerage firm claims to be unaware of these activities, under the FINRA rules, a brokerage firm owes a duty to properly monitor and supervise its employees in order to detect and prevent brokers from offering such products. 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 often occurs in environments where the brokerage firms either fail to put in place a reasonable supervisory system or fail to actually implement that system allowing brokers to engage in unsupervised conduct.
In selling away cases, investors are unaware that the advisor’s investments are either not registered or not real. Typically investors will not learn that the broker’s activities were wrongful until after the investment scheme is publicized or the broker simply shuts down shop and stops returning client calls.
Investors who have suffered losses 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.