The investment lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating a customer complaint brought before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against David Ferland (Ferland) working out of the York, Maine office allegedly received a loan of $721,408 from a customer. 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”. In addition to the loan complaint there have been seven financial disclosures on Ferland’s record indicating that broker had financial trouble.
At this time it unclear the nature and scope of Ferland’s outside business activities and private securities transactions. However, according to Ferland’s public records his outside business activities include real estate business, DL Properties LLC, The Ice House LLC, YFS, LLC, and Independent Insurance Brokering. Often times, brokers sell promissory notes and other investments through side businesses as accountants, lawyers, or insurance agents to clients of those side practices.
Ferland entered the securities industry in 2006. From August 2007 until August 2012, Ferland was associated with Invest Financial Corporation. Since August 2012 Ferland has been associated with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.