WFG Investments Sustains $700,000 FINRA Fine; Allegedly Failed to Supervise Registered Reps
WFG Investments Inc., of Dallas, Texas, has recently been fined $700,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA) for allegedly failing to commit the requisite time, attention and resources to a bevy of critical obligations in its supervision of registered reps, according a settlement released by FINRA.
Said settlement goes on to detail WFG’s failures in six areas of supervision, including allegedly failing to conduct appropriate due diligence and supervision with respect to a private placement offering sold by a registered representative away outside of the company as an approved securities transaction.
WFG Allegedly Failed to Adequately Supervise a Representative’s Sale of Alternative Investments
From March 2007 to January 2014, WFG, a midsize independent broker-dealer with 280 independent registered reps, failed “to supervise the private securities transactions of ones of its reps that were executed through the rep’s RIA,” and to regulate and maintain an adequate supervisory system to ensure that customer transactions were suitable, the aforementioned settlement goes on to detail.
What is more, WFG also failed to appropriately supervise a rep’s sale of alternative investments.
Between August 2012 and July 2013, the firm allegedly granted one of its reps a “blanket waiver” from compliance with its written supervisory procedures concerning sale of alternative investments, including real estate investment trusts and private equity.
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