Broker David Charles Kauffman (Kauffman) was recently barred by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) over his failure to respond to FINRA’s investigation over allegations that he engaged in personal private securities transactions, used unapproved email addresses, and introduced clients to individuals associated with non-approved investment opportunities.
Kauffman began his career in the securities industry in 1993 and has been registered with 13 FINRA member firms. From March 2006 through September 2010, Kauffman was registered with FINRA as a General Securities Principal and a General Securities Representative at First Allied Securities, Inc. (First Allied). First Allied terminated Kauffman for violating firm policies pertaining to his personal private securities transactions, used unapproved email addresses, and introduced clients to individuals associated with non-approved investment opportunities. Thereafter, Kauffman was registered with MCL Financial Group, Inc. through December 2011. Kauffman’s BrokerCheck discloses that Kauffman was also employed by David Kauffman Insurance Services, One-Less Putt, MCS Golf, 928 LLC, and EDT Property Services.
In September 2010, First Allied made two filings with FINRA disclosing it had terminated Kauffman for conduct including engagement in private securities transactions in connection with several private placement offerings without providing written notice to the firm. FINRA alleged that one of the offerings Kauffman was involved in was entity named Gulf Coast Oil & Rig, LLC (Gulf Coast). Thereafter, FINRA staff sought information, documents, and testimony from Kauffman to determine, among other things, his role and compensation in connection with the private securities transactions, as well as the status of Gulf Coast’s business. Initially, Kauffman cooperated with the examination by providing some information and documents. However, FINRA alleged that Kauffman failed to respond properly to further requests.