On December 11, 2013, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned broker Michael T. Ryan. Mr. Ryan was registered with FINRA brokerage firms from 1992 until November 1, 2013, including an eight-year stint with Securities America, Inc. (Securities America) and two years with Newport Coast Securities.
The basis for the underlying action brought against Mr. Ryan by FINRA, involved Ryan’s failure to accurately notify Securities America of his outside business activities. FINRA alleged that during a period spanning early 2009 through mid 2011, Ryan began working with an individual known as ZE, while Ryan was registered with Securities America. FINRA has alleged that Ryan began receiving compensation from and was an officer and board member of entities controlled by ZE, namely Kensington Leasing, Ltd, (Kensington) and a private entity known as WM were in direct violation of NASD Rule 3030 and FINRA Rule 3270. Throughout this time, FINRA alleged that Ryan did not submit proper notifications nor did he update the requisite information, in violation of NASD Rule 3030 and FINRA Rules 3270 and 2010.
Ryan also allegedly recommended that Securities America customers purchase restricted stock of two companies, Lenco Mobile, Inc. and Casablanca Mining Ltd. from ZE controlled entities. Ryan never notified Securities America of these private transactions in violation of NASD Rule 3040, which prohibits registered representatives from participating “in any manner in a private securities transaction,” unless the registered representative first notifies his or her member firm in writing.