Craig Umphress Fined and Suspended Concerning Allegations Relating to His Involvement with Big Block Consulting Group

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Craig Alan Umphress, formerly associated with ING America Equities, Inc., was fined and suspended from the securities industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) in connection with allegations that he conducted an insurance business, Big Block Consulting Group, Inc., and failed to disclose his outside business activities to ING.

From May 2007 to July 2012, Umphress used Big Block to conduct an insurance business for his individual customers and to receive referral fees for introducing insurance agents to potential customers who would purchase or sell non-ING insurance products, according to FINRA.

According to FINRA, Umphress violated regulatory rules by failing to disclose his outside business activities to ING and by failing to notify ING of the more than $150,000 in compensation he received for servicing his own insurance clients and referring insurance agents to third parties who would purchase or sell non-ING products.

Umphress consented to a $15,000 fine and a one year suspension from the securities industry without denying or admitting FINRA’s findings.

The Peiffer Rosca securities attorneys often represent investors who lose money as a result of Ponzi schemes, investment fraud, or stockbroker misconduct. They are currently investigating the possibility of assisting victims with the recovery of their losses. They take most cases of this type on a contingency fee basis and advance the case costs, and only get paid for their fees and costs out of money they recover for their clients.

Investors who believe they lost money as a result of investment fraud or misconduct may contact the securities lawyers at Peiffer Rosca, Alan Rosca or Joe Peiffer, for a free, no-obligation evaluation of their recovery options, at 888-998-0520.

Alan Rosca (1225 Posts)

Alan is a securities lawyer. He also teaches Securities Regulation at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He focuses his legal practice on complex commercial and financial litigation and arbitration, particularly in the areas of securities and investment fraud. His office is in Cleveland, Ohio.


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