Adjudication and Decisions
When FINRA determines that violations of securities rules have occurred and formal disciplinary action is necessary, the Enforcement Department or Market Regulation Department files a complaint with the Office of Hearing Officers (OHO).
The Office arranges a three-person panel to hear the case. The panel is chaired by a hearing officer who is an employee of the Office of Hearing Officers. The Chief Hearing Officer appoints two industry panelists, drawn primarily from a pool of current and former securities industry members of FINRA's District Committees, as well as its Market Regulation Committee, former members of FINRA's National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) and former FINRA Governors.
At the hearing, the parties present evidence for the panel to determine whether a firm or individual has engaged in conduct that violates FINRA rules, SEC regulations or federal securities laws. In reaching its decision, the hearing panel also considers previous court, SEC, and NAC decisions to determine if violations occurred. The NAC is the national committee which reviews initial decisions rendered in FINRA disciplinary and membership proceedings.
For each case, the hearing panel will issue a written decision explaining the reasons for its ruling and consult the FINRA Sanction Guidelines to determine the appropriate sanctions if violations have occurred. FINRA also, when feasible and appropriate, can order firms and individuals to make restitution to harmed customers.
Under FINRA's disciplinary procedures, a firm or individual has the right to appeal a hearing panel decision to the NAC, or the NAC may on its own initiate a review of a decision. On appeal, the NAC will determine if a hearing panel's findings were legally correct, factually supported and consistent with FINRA's Sanction Guidelines. While a panel decision is on appeal, the sanction is not enforced against the firm or individual.
Unless FINRA's Board of Governors decides to review the NAC's appellate decision, that decision represents FINRA's final action. A firm or individual can appeal FINRA's decision to the SEC and then to federal court.
|Date of Decision||Proceeding No.||Title||Type|
|May 24, 2018||SD-2132||Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott||Statutory Disqualification|
|Jul 27, 2017||SD-2130||APPEALED: Robert J. Escobio||Statutory Disqualification, Denials|
|Oct 2, 2017||SD-2129||APPEALED: Bruce Zipper||Disciplinary Decision|
|Feb 9, 2017||SD-2125||Alfred G. Block with Buckman, Buckman and Reid, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Feb 22, 2018||SD-2123||Catherine Ann Sheridan||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Mar 23, 2017||SD-2120||Alexander Bastron with Cambridge Investment Research||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Mar 8, 2017||SD-2117||Craig Scott Taddonio as a General Securities Representative with Meyers Associates, L.P. (n/k/a Windsor Street Capital, LP)||Statutory Disqualification|
|Sep 14, 2016||SD-2104||SD-2104 Edwin Kantor with S2K Financial LLC||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|May 16, 2017||SD-2103||Marc N. Jaffe as a General Securities Representative with Integrity Brokerage Services, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Denials|
|Jul 15, 2016||SD-2096||Louis A. Woolf with Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Jun 8, 2016||SD-2088||James D. Goodland with Spire Securities LLC||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Oct 20, 2016||SD-2071||PHX Financial, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|May 9, 2016||SD-2069||APPEALED: Bruce Meyers with Meyers Associates, L.P.||Statutory Disqualification, Denials|
|Jan 25, 2017||SD-2062||Oppenheimer & Co.||Disciplinary Decision|
|Jan 25, 2017||SD-2062||Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Jun 23, 2015||SD-2059||Stephen Pocina with Eroom Securities LLC||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Apr 16, 2015||SD-2054||Patrick Lubin with Dinosaur Securities||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Jan 29, 2015||SD-2050||Theodore Rothman with First Allied Securities, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Sep 8, 2016||SD-2048||Citigroup Global Markets Inc.||Statutory Disqualification|
|Jul 20, 2016||SD-2044||Xavier Capdepon||Statutory Disqualification, Denials|
|Dec 22, 2014||SD-2042||Thomas Core with Aegis Capital Corp.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Aug 8, 2014||SD-2037||Jason Ginder with National Securities Corp.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Apr 14, 2014||SD-2030||George L. Prost with Intercoastal Capital Markets, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|Sep 29, 2015||SD-2029||Bret M. Shapiro with Dawson James Securities, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Denials|
|May 20, 2016||SD-2027||APPEALED: Christopher Cota with Capital Financial Services, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Denials|