The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating BrokerCheck records reports that financial advisor Thomas S. Martin (Martin), currently employed by Brighton Securities Corp. (Brighton Securities) has been subject to at least two customer complaints during the course of his career. According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Mr. Martin’s customer complaints alleges that Mr. Martin recommended unsuitable investments in various investments securities, among other allegations of misconduct relating to the handling of their accounts.
In January 2020, Mr. Martin was the subject of a regulatory action initiated by FINRA. Mr. Martin consented to the findings and sanctions, of $5,000 in civil and administrative penalties. Mr. Martin neither admitted or denied the findings. Mr. Martin allegedly exercised discretion in customers’ accounts, without prior written authorization from the customers. Additionally, Mr. Martin received written reprimands from his firm, for engaging in such conduct.
In August 2017, a customer complained that Mr. Martin violated the securities laws by alleging that Mr. Martin engaged in unauthorized trading between February 2017 and July 2017. The claim settled in the amount of $8,252.75.
In August 2011, a customer complained that Mr. Martin violated the securities laws by alleging that Mr. Martin engaged in unsuitable investment advice, with regards to the customer’s IRA. Client claimed she deposited money into her IRA with instructions to be placed in the safest account. The IRA is alleged to have lost approximately $7,000, resulting in this customer dispute. The claim settled in the amount of $22,407.33.