According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) former advisor Scott Kozak (Kozak), formerly associated with Cetera Advisors LLC (Cetera) in Highlands Ranch, Colorado has been accused by his former firm and barred by FINRA over unapproved securities. In addition, Kozak has four customer complaints on his record.
In May 2018 FINRA filed a notice of investigation stating that FINRA has made a preliminary determination to recommend disciplinary action be brought against Kozak for potential violations of engaging in private securities transactions and outside business activities for the period July 2011 to March 2017, without prior notice to or approval from his member firm, Cetera Advisors.
Thereafter, in July 2018 Cetera terminated Kozak stating that he violated policies concerning personal securities transactions.
At this time it is unclear the nature or scope of the alleged outside business activities (OBAs) and private securities transactions. Kozak’s public disclosures list several OBAs including Kozak & Associates – his securities d/b/a, K&A Charities – a charitable arm of Kozak & Associates, IGC, LLC – a manufacturing company that he owns, and Dominican Home Health agency – where Kozak serves as a board member. It is unknown if FINRA’s claims relate to any of these entities.