The investment fraud lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating the employment termination filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) by Morgan Stanley involving broker Robert Beck (Beck). According to BrokerCheck records Beck is subject to three customer complaints and one employment separation for cause.
According to Morgan Stanley, the firm terminated Beck after raising concerns relating to employee’s disclosures relating to outside activities. Often times such filings indicate that the broker is engaging potentially in private securities transactions, promissory notes, or loans away from the firm. 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”.
At this time it unclear the nature and scope of Beck’s OBAs and/or private securities transactions. According to BrokerCheck records Beck disclosed that he is involved in outside business activities including rental property in Philadelphia. Often times, brokers sell promissory notes and other investments through side businesses as accountants, lawyers, real estate brokers, or insurance agents to clients of those side practices.