Respondent understands that this settlement includes a finding that he willfully omitted to state a material fact on a Form U4, and that under Section 3(a)(39)(F) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Article III, Section 4 of FINRA's By-Laws, this omission makes him subject to a statutory disqualification with respect to association with a member.
Between March 9, 2016 and March 21, 2017, the IRS filed two tax liens against Tzagarakis, in the amounts of $73,681.24 and $39,218.11, respectively. The IRS mailed notice of each lien to Tzagarakis's residential address within one day of filing the lien. Tzagarakis has not satisfied either of the tax liens. Nonetheless, Tzagarakis failed to amend his Form U4 to disclose the March 2016 tax lien until August 30, 2016, over five months after the lien was imposed, and failed to disclose the March 2017 tax lien until March 19, 2019, almost two years after the lien was imposed.The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance filed a tax warrant against Tzagarakis on February 17, 2017, which resulted in the imposition of a lien against Tzagarakis for $59,010.91. The tax warrant was mailed to Tzagarakis's residential address on or about the date of filing. Tzagarakis has not satisfied the New York State tax lien. Nonetheless, Tzagarakis failed to amend his Form U4 to disclose the New York State tax lien until February 13, 2018, approximately two years after the lien was imposed.Despite his knowledge of these liens and the need to disclose them on his Form U4, Tzagarakis failed to timely amend his Form U4.Therefore, Tzagarakis willfully violated Article V, Section 2(c) of FINRA's By-Laws and FINRA Rules 1122 and 2010
In August 2019, Joseph met with Customer A regarding opening two accounts with the Firm's investment advisor affiliate. After meeting with Customer A again in September 2019, Joseph electronically affixed the customer's signature to the account opening documents, causing assets to be transferred from her Firm account to the new advisory accounts. When Customer A learned that the advisory accounts were opened, Customer A immediately instructed Joseph to reverse the transactions. Joseph reported Customer A's complaint to First Command, and the Firm reversed the transactions.In September 2019, Joseph also electronically affixed the signatures of two other Firm customers to advisory account opening documents, one Firm customer's signature to four IRA distribution forms, and five Firm customers' signatures to ACH authorization agreements. The Firm used the documents to authorize and record the sale, transfer, or disbursement of cash or securities from the customers' accounts. Although these customers did not initially authorize Joseph to electronically affix their signatures, they subsequently approved the transactions.When First Command discovered Joseph's conduct, the Firm disciplined him by, among other things, fining him $10,000 and assigning Joseph additional training.