Adjudication & 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|
|March 09, 2015||2011025899601||David and Sian Harari||Disciplinary Decision|
|March 03, 2015||20110269351||John Cherry, III||Disciplinary Decision|
|February 27, 2015||2011028061001||APPEALED: Keilen Dimone Wiley||Disciplinary Decision|
|February 26, 2015||SD-2024||G-Trade Services LLC||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|February 23, 2015||2010024522103||Order Denying Respondents’ Motion Pursuant to Rule 9251||Disciplinary Order|
|February 13, 2015||2013036217601||Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Enforcement’s Motion to Compel Respondent’s Compliance with a Post-Complaint Rule 8210 Request for Testimony||Disciplinary Order|
|February 03, 2015||2011025706401||Order Granting Department of Enforcement’s Motion for Leave to Offer Expert Testimony||Disciplinary Order|
|February 03, 2015||SD-1865||Guy S. Amico with Newbridge Securities Corp.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|January 30, 2015||SD-1865||Scott H. Goldstein with Newbridge Securities Corp.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|January 29, 2015||SD-2050||Theodore Rothman with First Allied Securities, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|January 27, 2015||2012034936005||Order Denying Respondent’s Motion to Compel Production of Documents and Rule 9252 Motion||Disciplinary Order|
|January 20, 2015||2011028647101||John Carris Investments, LLC, George Carris, Andrey Tkatchenko, Jason Barter, and Randy Heckler||Disciplinary Decision|
|January 09, 2015||20120334673-01||Department of Enforcement v. John Thomas Financial, Inc.||Disciplinary Decision|
|December 30, 2014||2009020941801||APPEALED: Lek Securities Corporation and Samuel Frederik Lek||Disciplinary Decision|
|December 30, 2014||20080148227-02||Order Granting, in Part, and Denying in Part, Respondents 1, 4, 2’s Motions for More Definite Statement and Denying Respondent 3’s Motion for More Definite Statement||Disciplinary Order|
|December 29, 2014||2009019108901||APPEALED: William Scholander and Talman Harris||Disciplinary Decision, Redacted Decision|
|December 22, 2014||SD-2042||Thomas Core with Aegis Capital Corp.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|December 22, 2014||2012034389202||APPEALED: Bernard G. McGee||Disciplinary Decision|
|December 18, 2014||SD1904, SD-1905, SD-1984||J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|December 17, 2014||SD-1802||Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification|
|December 11, 2014||SD-1997||Ronald M. Berman||Statutory Disqualification, Denials|
|December 11, 2014||20070094044||APPEALED: Wedbush Securities, Inc. and Edward William Wedbush||Disciplinary Decision|
|December 10, 2014||2011026386001||Order Appointing Replacement Hearing Officer, Amending Caption, and Setting Hearing Dates||Disciplinary Order|
|December 10, 2014||2011025957702||Gary Giblen||Disciplinary Decision|
|December 08, 2014||2011030781201||Order (1) Denying Respondent’s Motion to Dismiss, (2) Granting in Part Enforcement’s Motion to Strike, and (3) Directing Respondent to File an Amended Answer||Disciplinary Order|