The investment lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating a regulatory action brought by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against Jeffrey Ingros (Ingros) (FINRA No. 2013039166001) working out of Beaver, Pennsylvania. According to the FINRA action, Ingros consented to a bar from the securities industry after he failed to provide information requested by FINRA during its investigation concerning undisclosed loans from a customer and outside business activities. The providing of loans or selling of notes and other investments outside of a brokerage firm constitutes impermissible private securities transactions – a practice known in the industry as “selling away”. In addition to the FINRA bar, Ingros has a long history of customer complaints and two employment separations for allegations of misconduct.
At this time it unclear the nature and scope of Ingros’ outside business activities and private securities transactions. However, according to Ingros’ public records his outside business activities include Fort McIntosh Group, LLC, Ingros Family, LLC, and Fort McIntosh Annuity & Insurance. Often times, brokers sell promissory notes and other investments through side businesses as accountants, lawyers, or insurance to clients of those side practices.
Ingros was associated with brokerage firm Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (Merrill Lynch) from May 2007 until November 203. Finally, from November 2013 until February 2016 Ingros was registered with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. (Raymond James).