The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has barred Ralph Saviano (Saviano) from the securities industry after the broker failed to respond to FINRA’s requests for information and an interview concerning unreported tax liens, a civil judgment, and a customer complaint involving the misuse of funds.
During a routine investigation of Centaurus, FINRA discovered information regarding certain undisclosed liens, judgments, and possible customer loans. Thereafter, in June 2012, Centaurus filed a regulatory tip disclosing that a customer had provided Saviano with a cashier’s check for approximately $66,000 that was made payable to Saviano. Saviano’s transactions with the customer concerned a possible misuse or conversion of funds.
Saviano has been associated with several brokerage firms in the past decade. Until 2004 Saviano was a registered representative of Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. From April 2004 until December 2006, Saviano was associated with USAllianz Securities, Inc. Thereafter, from December 2006 until July 2007, Saviano was a registered representative of Questar Capital Corporation. Finally, Saviano was registered with Centaurus Financial, Inc. (Centaurus) until his termination in June 2012. According to Saviano’s FINRA disclosure records he is also the president of Saviano Financial Group.