NOTE: Stipulations of Fact and Consent to Penalty (SFC); Offers of Settlement (OS); and Letters of Acceptance Waiver, and Consent (AWC) are entered into by Respondents without admitting or denying the allegations, but consent is given to the described sanctions & to the entry of findings. Additionally, for AWCs, if FINRA has reason to believe a violation has occurred and the member or associated person does not dispute the violation, FINRA may prepare and request that the member or associated person execute a letter accepting a finding of violation, consenting to the imposition of sanctions, and agreeing to waive such member's or associated person's right to a hearing before a hearing panel, and any right of appeal to the National Adjudicatory Council, the SEC, and the courts, or to otherwise challenge the validity of the letter, if the letter is accepted. The letter shall describe the act or practice engaged in or omitted, the rule, regulation, or statutory provision violated, and the sanction or sanctions to be imposed.
David Michael Pagliarulo AWC/2009017267701/December 2010
Pagliarulo signed customersí names on a variety of internal and external documents related to their accounts that he serviced. Pagliarulo also copied, cut and pasted another customerís name on the firmís explanation of transaction form. All of the customers authorized Pagliaruloís action in each instance, but only one of the customers authorized him to sign their name on the respective documents. Pagliarulo knew that the firm did not permit employees to sign customersí names on documentation related to their accounts.
David Michael Pagliarulo : Fined $10,000; Suspended 2 years
Nolen copied customersí original signatures from signed insurance documents that the customers had emailed him onto hard copies of the documents, without the customersí knowledge or authorization. Nolen was attempting to produce what appeared to be original customer signatures on the documents, since the insurance company would not accept scanned or electronically transmitted documents. Nolen submitted the falsified signatures to the insurance company, representing them to be authentic.
Robert John Postma AWC/2009019449201/December 2010
Postma signed another registered representativeís name to an investment application and agreement and an investor profile questionnaire and disclosures that a customer had signed to open an account because the representative was not in the office. Postma submitted the documents to his member firmís affiliate without the representativeís knowledge or consent.
Robert John Postma : Fined $5,000; Suspended 1 month
Raut completed and affixed a customerís signature to a distribution request form to transfer the customerís funds from his joint brokerage account into his brokerage Individual Retirement account (IRA), without the customerís knowledge or authorization.
Fedders signed the names of registered representatives and supervisors of his member firm on internal administrative documents without their knowledge or authorization. although he knew the firm did not permit employees to sign other employeesí names on internal administrative documents.
John Leisen Kreuz (Principal) AWC/2010021630301/September 2010
Kreuz signed customersí signatures on various forms to transfer their accounts from his previous member firm to another member firm, and submitted them to his firm without the customersí approval or knowledge. Many of his customers agreed to transfer their accounts to his new member firm, but when Kreuz learned that he needed to submit the forms by a certain date, or his previous firm would be entitled to keep the trailing fees for mutual funds he had previously purchased for his customers, he completed and signed the forms.
John Leisen Kreuz (Principal): Fined $5,000; Suspended 1 year
Mike Robert Kilpatrick (Principal) AWC/2007010828201/September 2010
Kilpatrick signed his member firmís customersí names to various documents when the firmís procedures prohibited him from signing customersí names on the documents regardless of whether the customers had authorized Kilpatrick to sign their names. Kilpatrick failed to amend his Form U4 to disclose a material fact.
Mike Robert Kilpatrick (Principal): Fined $7,500; Suspended 6 months
Patrick Soungook Kim AWC/2009018171101/September 2010
Kim falsified certain account-related paperwork that had been previously signed by the customer; Kim altered the forms by changing the commission rate indicated from 1.1 percent to 1.4 percent and/or by changing the date next to the customerís signature. Kim made these changes without the customerís knowledge, authorization or consent and submitted the forms to his employer member firm.
Kim submitted a false and incomplete written statement to a FINRA request for information.
William Ray Collins Jr AWC/2008013648001/September 2010
Collins forged customersí signatures on financial documents and submitted the documents to his member firm and failed to send a copy to the customers.
Collins failed to disclose a variable annuity service fee in his discussion with customers and, when the customers inquired about the fee, Collins told them that the fee was an error; and to avoid further inquiries he used his own funds to pay the fee without informing the firm or the customers. Collins accomplished his payment of the fees when he executed money orders on the customersí behalf, forged the customersí signatures on the money orders and submitted the money orders to the firm to pay the variable annuity fees that he had not disclosed to the customers.
Widmer altered firm variable annuity subaccount transfer selection forms by whiting-out dates on signature pages, handwriting a new date, and then attaching the pages that contained the altered dates. The firm discovered blank documents containing customer signatures in Widmerís office files. Although the customers requested the transactions that were initiated by the altered forms, Widmerís member firm strictly prohibited altering documents in any manner.
Daniel Lee Widmer: Fined $5,000; Suspended 3 months
Erik Carl Peterson (Principal) AWC/2008014435301/August 2010
Peterson altered and falsified firm records pertaining to customer accounts and made changes to documents with white-out fluid after the customer had signed the forms. In other instances, clients signed blank transaction-related forms that Peterson later completed. Peterson affixed a customerís signature to Change of Dealer Forms with the customerís permission.
Erik Carl Peterson (Principal): Fined $5,000; Suspended 2 months
Marissa Miranda McDermott (Supervisor) AWC/2009017349601/August 2010
McDermott falsified customersí signatures on her member firmís internal documents, which are required to be completed when a foreign customer uses a U.S. mailing address, without the customersí knowledge or authorization.
Marissa Miranda McDermott (Supervisor): Fined $5,000; Suspended 1 month
Mark Andrew Jamgochian AWC/2009018304601/August 2010
Jamgochian cut-and-pasted customersí signatures on account-related documents without the customersí authorization or consent. The documents were all variable annuity applications for transactions that the customers previously authorized.
Mark Andrew Jamgochian : Fiend $5,000; Suspended 3 months
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