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Brodie Johnson, a Stockbroker with Merrill Lynch, was permanently barred from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity after consenting to findings that Johnson had failed to provide information and documentation pursuant to a FINRA investigation into Johnson’s alleged outside business activities and trading in personal accounts. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent, No. 2014042996701 (Oct. 2, 2015). According to public disclosure records, Merrill Lynch discharged Johnson amid allegations that Johnson engaged in conduct inconsistent with firm policy concerning personal investments.
According to the AWC, FINRA began investigating whether Johnson provided his firm with prior written notice of certain outside business activities as well as Johnson’s trading in personal accounts. On February 23, 2015, FINRA sent a request to Johnson, pursuant to Rule 8210, for production of information and documentation.
The AWC noted that Johnson’s counsel requested that FINRA extend their deadline by which Johnson would be allowed to respond. Subsequently, according to the AWC, Johnson’s counsel informed FINRA on April 9, 2015, that Johnson would not be producing the information and documentation requested. Consequently, FINRA found that Johnson had violated Rule 8210 and 2010, leading to his bar.
FINRA Stockbrokers like Johnson who do not cooperate with FINRA’s investigations often face a permanent bar from practicing in the securities industry as such lack of cooperation violates FINRA’s Rule 8210 – requiring that no member or person shall fail to provide information or testimony or permit an inspection and copying of books, records, or accounts pursuant to the rule. FINRA typically accompanies a Rule 8210 violation with a Rule 2010 violation when individuals, according to FINRA, do not appear to observe high standards for commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.
Selling away, also known as private securities transactions or undisclosed outside business activities, occurs when a stockbroker engages or participates in the sale of securities to investors outside of the formal approval of the securities firm with whom they are associated.
As a general matter, stockbrokers are only permitted to engage in the solicitation or sale of investments and investment related products approved by their firm. However, quite frequently, stockbrokers solicit, participate, or directly engage in the sale of typically unregistered securities or investments without the approval and outside of the auspices of their firm. These investments may take on many forms, and may include the recommendation of an outside money manager, or a hedge fund, which may sometimes turn out to be a Ponzi scheme. Sometimes these outside investments may include off-shore securities, insurance trusts, stocks or ownership interests in small businesses, startup ventures, corporate debentures, mortgage notes, private placements, promissory notes, oil & gas interests, real estate partnerships, pre-IPO shares, and a variety of other investments.
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