The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned broker Matthew Westfall (Westfall) concerning allegations that from June 2011, through December 2012, while associated with the National Planning Corporation (National Planning), Westfall engaged in business activities outside the scope of his employment with the Firm. FINRA found that Westfall solicited 18 customers to purchase lraqi Dinar currency as an investment without firm approval to engage in this outside business activity. In addition, FINRA found that National Planning had internal guidelines that limited the amount customers were permitted to invest in illiquid investments, such as non-traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). According to FINRA, Westfall submitted falsified documents that exaggerated the net worth for customers permitting investments in amounts that National Planning would have otherwise prohibited.
Westfall entered the securities industry in 1983. From 2003 until August 2010, Westfall was associated with Securities America, Inc. From September 2010 to December 2012, Westfall was associated with National Planning. Thereafter, in May 2013, Westfall became associated with Primex
FINRA found that Westfall engaged in an undisclosed outside business activity of selling Dinars to 18 National Planning customers. FINRA alleged that the 18 firm customers purchased $87,954 in Dinars through Wcstfall through a personal account that he had with an online company that sold Dinars. For these sales, Westfall received approximately $8,344 in compensation.