Unauthorized Trading and Unauthorized Discretion Boca Raton, Florida, FINRA Arbitration Attorney

Unauthorized Trading and Unauthorized Discretion Boca Raton, Florida, FINRA Arbitration Attorney:

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) is a self-regulatory authority assigned the responsibility, by the Securities and Exchange Commission, to license, regulate and discipline securities broker/dealers and their employees, including account executives. In the event that FINRA elects to institute an enforcement action, firms and licensed individuals have the responsibility to reflect such action on their U-4 and/or U-5 filings, which can be viewed on the FINRA website under the broker-check section of the site or by viewing the monthly disciplinary information also provided on the FINRA site.

The monthly disciplinary information is referenced on the FINRA site generally in alphabetical order. This post relates to the following company or individuals. If the reader would like to review the entire FINRA release or the broker-check information concerning this matter, you can follow these highlighted links:

February 2015 Disciplinary and Other FINRA Actions

Broker Check: http://www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/BrokerCheck/

Philip Taylor Lang (CRD #3006186, Jackson, Mississippi) submitted an AWC in which he was assessed a deferred fine of $20,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for nine months. Without admitting or denying the findings, Lang consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he executed discretionary trades in five accounts belonging to his family member without obtaining the family member’s prior written authorization and without having his member firm’s acceptance of the accounts as discretionary accounts. The findings stated that Lang failed to complete or submit any discretionary account disclosure forms for his family member’s accounts, as required by his firm’s WSPs. Lang completed and submitted annual employee certification forms with inaccurate answers regarding whether he handled any customer accounts on a discretionary basis that had not been previously reported to the firm. The findings also stated that Lang made unsuitable investment recommendations in four of the accounts. Unbeknownst to his family member, Lang changed the investment objective for each account and began speculative trading in the accounts on a discretionary basis.  Lang’s speculative trading activity was inconsistent with the family member’s investment objectives, financial situation and needs. Lang, by misstating the investment objectives, caused his firm to maintain inaccurate books and records.

The suspension is in effect from January 5, 2015, through October 4, 2015. (FINRA Case#2012033887601).

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