The investment lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating a regulatory action brought by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against Robert Cross (Cross) (FINRA No. 2014041637201) of Rome, Georgia. Since August 2006, Cross was registered with Allstate Financial Services, LLC, where he resigned on June 28, 2013. On June 19, 2014, Allstate Financial Services filed a Form U5 amendment disclosing that a customer complaint had been filed against Respondent regarding Cross.
Thereafter, FINRA investigated Cross on the grounds that Allstate Financial Services’ Form U5 amendment stated that a customer complained of breach of contract, fraud, conversion, and negligence related to a collateralized bond obligation. FINRA’s investigation involved Cross’ outside business activities, financial reporting obligations, and whether Cross accepted unapproved loans from a customer while engaging in a private securities transaction – otherwise known in the industry as “selling away”. Thereafter, Cross refused to appear on the record to give testimony drawing an automatic bar from the financial industry.
At this time it unclear the nature and scope of Cross’ outside business activities and private securities transactions. However, according to Cross’ public records his outside business activities include Cross, Cross & Sims, Inc. and CCS Property.