The investment fraud lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating the regulatory investigation filed by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against broker Douglas Simanski (Simanski). According to BrokerCheck records Simanski is subject to five customer complaints one FINRA matter and one employment separation for cause. The FINRA regulatory matter concerns the agencies attempt to investigate the circumstances surrounding alleged sales of private securities transactions and client fund conversion. (FINRA No. 2016049621301). When Simanski refused to cooperate with the investigation, FINRA automatically barred Simanski from the industry.
According to FINRA, Simanski consented to the sanction and findings related to an investigation into allegations for conversion of funds. The providing of loans or selling of notes and other investments outside of a brokerage firm constitutes impermissible private securities transactions – a practice known in the industry as “selling away”. At this time it unclear the nature and scope of Simanski’s outside business activities and private securities transactions. Often times, brokers sell promissory notes and other investments through side businesses as accountants, lawyers, or insurance to clients of those side practices.
Simanski entered the securities industry in 1995. From 1999 until June 2016 Simanski was registered with Next Financial Group, Inc. out of the firm’s Altoona, Pennsylvania office location. At that time Simanski was terminated over allegations that he sold fictitious investments and converted the funds for his own personal use and benefit.