Adjudication & Decisions
When FINRA determines that violations of securities rules have occurred and formal disciplinary action is necessary, the Enforcement 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|
|October 31, 2016||2014042524301||Order Regarding Respondent’s Motions to Stay Case Management and Scheduling Order and to Strike and/or For a More Definite Statement.||Disciplinary Order|
|October 20, 2016||SD-2071||PHX Financial, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|October 17, 2016||2012030564701||APPEALED: Newport Coast Securities, Inc., Douglas A. Leone, and Andre V. LaBarbera||Disciplinary Decision|
|October 14, 2016||201303641201||Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Enforcement’s Motion for Partial Summary Disposition||Disciplinary Order|
|October 11, 2016||2015044379701||Melissa M. Velasquez||Disciplinary Decision|
|October 11, 2016||2009020941801||APPEALED: Lek Securities Corporation||Disciplinary Decision|
|October 05, 2016||FPI160009||Donald Shelby Toomer||Expedited Decision|
|October 03, 2016||2012032519101||Robert Earl Holaday||Disciplinary Decision|
|September 20, 2016||2015044960501||APPEALED: Avenir Financial Group, Michael Todd Clements, and Karim Ahmed Ibrahim||Disciplinary Decision|
|September 14, 2016||SD-2104||SD-2104 Edwin Kantor with S2K Financial LLC||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|September 13, 2016||2012033105901||Order Granting Department of Enforcement’s Motion to Strike Affirmative Defense.||Disciplinary Order|
|September 08, 2016||SD-2048||Citigroup Global Markets Inc.||Statutory Disqualification|
|September 07, 2016||2013038986001||Order Denying Respondent’s Motion to Continue Hearing||Disciplinary Order|
|August 31, 2016||20140425550-02||Modesto Biney||Disciplinary Decision|
|August 30, 2016||2014043020901||Order Granting Enforcement’s Motion for Exception From Sequestration.||Disciplinary Order|
|August 29, 2016||ARB160009||Respondent||Redacted Decision|
|August 24, 2016||20100226911-02||Bharminder Singh||Disciplinary Decision|
|August 24, 2016||2014043020901||Order Granting Joint Motion to Permit Witnesses to Have Counsel Present During Testimony||Disciplinary Order|
|August 23, 2016||2011025675501||APPEALED: Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott||Disciplinary Decision|
|August 16, 2016||2014039173301||Case Management and Scheduling Order||Disciplinary Order|
|August 15, 2016||2013038986001||Order Rejecting Offer of Settlement||Disciplinary Order|
|August 12, 2016||2013039639101||Ronald Leslie Geffner||Disciplinary Decision|
|August 05, 2016||ARB160012||Fairbridge Capital Markets||Expedited Decision|
|August 04, 2016||FPI160002||Robert DePalo||Expedited Decision|
|August 03, 2016||2011025851501||APPEALED: KCD Financial, Inc.||Disciplinary Decision|