The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating BrokerCheck records reports that financial advisor James McKinney (McKinney), formerly employed by Cetera Advisors LLC (Cetera) has been subject to at least three customer complaints, three tax liens, and one regulatory action during the course of his career. According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), McKinney’s customer complaints alleges that McKinney recommended unsuitable investments among other allegations of misconduct relating to the handling of their accounts.
In November 2019 FINRA filed a regulatory action against McKinney alleging that he was named a respondent in a FINRA complaint alleging that he failed to comply with FINRA requests for information, documents and on-the-record testimony in connection with an investigation of him for possible violations of FINRA rules. If McKinney does not respond to the investigation the usual outcome is a bar from the securities industry.
McKinney also has three tax lien disclosures including a $622,351 lien from June 2017. The fact that a broker cannot manage his own personal finances is material information for a client to consider. In addition, the types of products clients have alleged were unsuitable are high commission products that may be recommended to generate high profits for the advisor at the expense of the client.