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