Dennis Walker, Jonathon Timson, and John Handy – Unauthorized Investment Business
Dennis Walker, Jonathon Timson, and John Handy Jr. Allegedly Set Up Investment Business Signal Point Without Broker-Dealer Firm Permission
Dennis Walker, Jonathon Timson, and John Handy Jr., during the period August 2008 through July 2013, allegedly engaged in an outside business activity, participated in undisclosed private securities transactions, and provided inaccurate information on compliance questionnaires and disclosures to their firm, Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, Inc. (WFAFN), of Springfield, Missouri, according to a recent FINRA Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC).
The trio allegedly set up an investment adviser firm, Signal Point Asset Management, LLC, with $488m assets under management, and, the AWC further alleges, because they were refused authorization to operate it under their WCWs umbrella, they named third party nominee owners, but in fact remained the de facto owners and operators of Signal Point.
Dennis Walker, Jonathon Timson, and John Handy Jr., Suspended and Fined, Allegedly Started Walnut Capital Management before Setting up Signal Point
In March 2007, the aforementioned trio all became registered representatives with WFAFN in Springfield, Missouri, and operated under the name Walnut Capital Management (“WCM”), according to the AWC. They formed WCM, the AWC further alleges, and joined WFAFN with the intention of marketing the Signal Point process to retail and institutional clients.
Walker, Timson, and Handy Jr. reportedly told WFAFN about their intention to incorporate Signal Point into their business, the AWC reports, but WFAFN specifically told the Respondents that the firm could not yet support such an institutional business model. The trio, the AWC notes, reportedly began utilizing a proprietary algorithmic trading model for Exchange Traded Funds referred to as the Signal Point process, but WFAFN would not allow them to manage large institutional portfolios using Signal Point.
By late 2010, the AWC notes, Walker, Timson, and Handy Jr. each provided approximately $170,000 to fund Signal Point’s business. In the end, Walker, Timson, and Handy Jr failed to accurately complete annual compliance questionnaires, and inaccurately described those activities on their outside activity disclosure forms, and thus violated FINRA Rules. As a result, each member of the trio faces an eighteen-month suspension and a $20,000 fine.
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