According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advisor Joseph Pratte (Pratte), formerly associated with Signator Investors, Inc. (Signator Investors) in Riverside, California was terminated by his firm concerning allegations he engaged in prohibited outside business activity (OBA) and failed to submit the activity to the firm for approval as required.
Thereafter, in May 2018 FINRA sought to question Pratte concerning his OBA. FINRA found that Pratte failed to cooperate with the investigation. Accordingly, FINRA determined that Pratte consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he refused to provide information in response to FINRA requests made to review Pratte’s outside business activities.
At this time it is unclear the extent of Pratte’s outside business activities or if private securities transactions were involved. However, Pratte disclosed that he was engaged in a rental property business.
The allegations may involve private securities transactions – a practice known in the industry as “selling away” – a serious violation of the securities laws.