According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advisor Walter Starghill (Starghill), in March 2017, was discharged by brokerage firm Lincoln Investment over allegations of Starghill’s “participation in a private securities transaction in violation of Firm policy.” In the industry all securities transactions, private investments, loans, or other financial transactions with the investing public must be disclosed and approved by the firm before the broker can engage in them.
At this time it is unclear what outside business activity Starghill was engaged in. According to Starghill’s disclosures he was involved with TSG Transportation LLC – a transportation service. FINRA requires brokers to disclose their outside businesses because the risk to investors is that the broker will use such businesses to engage in unauthorized securities activities. In addition, Starghill obtained a Series 6 license as opposed to a broader Series 7 license. A Series 6 license is a very limited license that only allows brokers to sell variable annuities and open end mutual funds. Sometimes brokers with Series 6 licenses engage in private securities transactions due to their limited license.
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”.