Articles Tagged with National Futures Association

shutterstock_128655458The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred broker Robert Potter (Potter) (FINRA No. 2014041579901) alleging on August 10, 2015, the agency investigated allegations that Potter commingled customer funds with his personal funds and sent Potter a letter requesting that he provide documents and information by August 17, 2015. According to FINRA Potter’s counsel requested an extension of time but that later Potter’s counsel informed staff that Potter would not provide the requested documents and information. Potter failure to provide the requested documents and information resulted in an automatic bar from the industry.

Recently, the National Futures Association (NFA) also brought action against Potter alleging that there is reason to believe that NFA Requirements are being violated in that Potter is alleged to have solicited a customer to trade futures and instructed the customer to wire funds to Potter’s personal bank account. The NFA stated that Potter’s prior firm supervisor provided NFA with copies of text messages between Potter and the customer discussing the customer’s purported investment in a futures trading account. The NFA alleges that Potter acted as an unregistered futures commission merchant by having the customer wire funds to Potter’s personal bank account, that Potter converted the customer’s funds, and that Potter lied to the customer about the value of the customer’s supposed investment.

Potter entered the securities industry in June 1983. From December 2005, until August 2011, Potter was registered with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Thereafter, from August 2011, until August 2015, Potter was a registered representative with Cambria Capital, LLC out of the firm’s Salt Lake City, Utah office location.

shutterstock_94632238The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently barred LPL Financial, LLC (LPL) broker Reniero Francisco (Francisco) concerning allegations that the broker failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation of Francisco’s involvement with Arista LLC, a registered Commodity Pool Operator (CPO) with its principal place of business in Newport Coast, California. An order was entered on December 3, 2013, requiring Francisco and other parties to pay more than $8.25 million in restitution for the losses of defrauded investors. FINRA requested information from Francisco and also scheduled him to testify but Francisco failed to respond to FINRA’s requests for information and documents and also failed to appear for testimony.

In December 2012, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) brought action against Arista and Arista’s principals, Abdul Sultan Walji (a/k/a Abdul Sultan Valji) of San Juan Capistrano, California, and Francisco alleging that they carried out a fraudulent scheme to misappropriate millions of investors’ money through commodity futures and options, making false statements to the CFTC, and filing false quarterly reports with the National Futures Association (NFA).

Shortly thereafter, Judge Paul A. Engelmayer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a consent judgment and permanent injunction order against Arista, Walji, and Francisco. The order requires the defendants to pay more than $8.25 million in restitution for the investor losses. In addition, the order imposed civil monetary penalties of $6.45 million on Walji, $5.925 million on Francisco, and $1.54 million on Arista. The order also permanently bans defendants from trading activity and prohibits them from violating provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and a CFTC regulation.

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