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shutterstock_61142644The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) brought and enforcement action against broker Tracy Wengert (Wengert) (FINRA No. 2015044289201) resulting in a bar from the securities industry alleging that Wengert failed to provide FINRA staff with information and documents requested. The failure to provide those documents and information to FINRA resulted in an automatic bar from the industry. FINRA’s document requests related to the regulators investigation into claims in February 2015, FINRA enforcement began investigating allegations of misconduct by Wengert in that he opened brokerage accounts outside of the Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. (Transamerica) on behalf of customers and placed unsuitable trades in these accounts.

FINRA’s investigation appears to stem from Wengert’s termination from Transamerica in January 2015. At that time Transamerica filed a Form U5 termination notice with FINRA stating in part that the firm discharged Wengert under circumstances where there was allegations that Wengert was alleged to have managed a client account on a discretionary basis without approval or oversight through the firm.

Wengert entered the securities industry in 1999. From April 2002 until January 2012, Wengert was associated with World Group Securities, Inc. Thereafter, from January 2012 until February 2015, Wengert was associated as a registered representative with Transamerica.

shutterstock_115937266The attorneys of the law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating a series of recently filed complaints against broker John Quintero (Quintero) who is currently a registered representative with Transamerica Financial Advisors.  In January 2014, an investor filed a complaint alleging that Quintero misrepresented the premiums paid on a variable universal life insurance policy (VUL). Specifically, the customer claimed that Quintero stated that the premiums paid would be a tax differed investments and that further the sub-account investments were unsuitable.

VULs are complex insurance and investment products that investors must fully understand prior to investing. One feature of a VUL policy is that the investor can allocate a portion of his premium payments to a separate sub-account to invest and grow through mostly mutual fund investments. Monthly charges are assessed for the life insurance policy including a cost of insurance charge and administrative fees all of which are deducted from the policy’s cash value. The investor can suffer losses are receive gains based upon the performance of the sub-account investments. However, the VUL policy can terminate or lapses if at any time the net cash surrender value is insufficient to pay the monthly cost deductions. Upon termination of the policy, the remaining cash value becomes worthless.

Given the costs and premiums involved in purchasing VULs, brokers must be careful to ensure that the recommendation to invest in VULs is suitable for the client. In some cases, investors do not realize the huge expense of these policies and have no way to continue to cover the premiums. When this happens the policy could lapse over time.

Gevorg Daldumyan was recently barred from the financial industry by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) over allegations that he failed to appear for testimony concerning condominium cooperative investments.

Daldumyan was registered with World Group Securities, Inc. (WGS) from 2002 through January 2012.  Thereafter, Daldumyan was associated with Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. (Transamerica) or its predecessor.  On June 19, 2012, Transamerica filed a Form U5 with FINRA stating that Daldumyan had voluntarily resigned on May 21, 2012, during an internal review by the firm arising from “information that the registered representative made investments in a condominium cooperative in Arnienia which appear not to have been disclosed to the firm.” Daldumyan is no longer associated with any FINRA member.

Due to the U5 Form filing, FINRA sent requests to Daldumyan for more information concerning the outside investments.  By letter dated May 20, 2013, FlNRA staff requested that Daldumyan appear for on-the-record testimony.  In response to the letter, Daldumyan stated that he would not appear for testimony at any time.  Consequently, Daldumyan violated FINRA Rule 8210 by refusing to appear and provide testimony and was barred from association with any FINRA member firm.

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