FINRA: Dealer Barred After Investing $2M With out Agency’s Approval

The Monetary Trade Regulatory Authority barred an ex-broker who was affiliated with Momentum Impartial Community after he participated in 19 personal securities transactions involving promissory notes totaling $2 million between about February 2018 and August 2022 with out first getting his agency’s approval.

Why it issues: Momentum is an affiliate of Hilltop Securities, a nationwide full-service RIA and municipal funding financial institution, headquartered in Dallas with places of work throughout the U.S. Barring a dealer is the hardest sanction in FINRA’s arsenal.

What to know: Momentum discharged Leslie D. Jackson in January 2023, after 31 years with the agency, for violating agency coverage, in line with the FINRA letter of acceptance, waiver and consent he signed Sept. 14. A lawyer for FINRA signed the letter Tuesday.

Jackson additionally didn’t disclose that he obtained periodic funds from the issuers in quantities equal to three% of every funding every year, paid month-to-month, FINRA mentioned.

He additionally “falsely responded to questions on whether or not he had participated in personal securities transactions on three compliance questionnaires between 2019 and 2022,” in line with FINRA.


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