The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently barred FSC Securities Corporation (FSC Securities) broker Timothy Moran (Moran) concerning allegations that the broker: (1) engaged in private securities transactions without providing his employer with prior written notice; (2) failed to respond to FINRA requests for information; (3) provided false information to FINRA; and (4) failed to disclose a tax lien on a Form U4. Moran was ordered to disgorge $200,000, in ill-gotten gains in addition to the bar.
Moran was first became employed in the securities industry in February 1993. From June 2008, through April 2010, Moran was associated with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. Thereafter, from May 2010, until December 2011, Moran was registered through his association with FSC Securities. On December 9, 2011, FSC Securities filed a Uniform Termination Notice (Form U5) terminating Moran’s registration. FSC filed an amended Form U5 filing in which the firm disclosed that it had terminated Moran’s employment while he was under internal review for fraud or wrongful taking of property, or violating investment-related statutes, regulations, rules or industry standards of conduct. FSC Securities also reported that Moran had referred clients to an unapproved investment fund.
FINRA alleged that Moran engaged in private securities transactions without providing FSC Securities with written notice in violation of NASD Conduct Rule 3040 and FINRA Conduct Rule 2010. During 2010, FINRA found that Moran subleased office space to Thomas Hampton. Hampton allegedly used the space to operate a private hedge fund, Hampton Capital Management (HCM). Moran was also found to have loaned Hampton money to help start HCM. HCM purportedly bought and sold exchange traded funds based on a proprietary trading strategy implemented by a computer program.