Friday, June 21, 2013


Sean Placido Rodriguez, a broker formerly with Los Angeles, California based Wedbush Securities Inc., submitted a letter of acceptance, waiver, and consent in which the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) entered findings that he executed discretion in a customer's account without the customer's written authorization or his member firm's written acceptance of the account as discretionary. FINRA's findings stated that Mr. Rodriguez recommended and executed equity purchases and sales with a short-term holding period and recommended to the customer the purchase and sale of equity securities in amounts that resulted in an inappropriate concentration of these securities in her account, ranging between 25 percent and 50 percent of her account value at the time of the transactions. In light of the customer's financial situation and needs, Mr. Rodriguez did not have a reasonable basis to recommend that she engage in short-term trading and concentrate her account in the equity securities. Mr. Rodriguez, of Glendale, California, was fined $10,000, suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 60 days, and ordered to disgorge gains to a customer - the suspension is in effect from January 22, 2013 through March 22, 2013.
A discretionary account is an account that allows a broker to buy and sell securities without the client's consent. The client must sign a discretionary disclosure with the broker in order to document the client's consent. A discretionary account sometimes referred to as a managed account. Sometimes certain guidelines are set by the client regarding trading in the account - a client might only permit investments in blue chip stocks.
Broker-dealers must establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system to protect customers from broker misconduct. If broker-dealers do not establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system, they may be liable to investors for damages flowing from the misconduct. Therefore, investors who have suffered damages due to Mr. Rodriguez's discretionary activity can bring forth claims to recover losses against Wedbush Securities, which should have prevented Mr. Rodriguez from committing the described illegal activity.
Have you suffered losses in your Wedbush Securities Inc. brokerage account? If so, call Robert Pearce at the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. for a free consultation. Mr. Pearce is accepting clients with valid claims against Wedbush Securities Inc. stockbrokers who may have engaged in misconduct and caused investors losses.
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