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Shaun Michael Donahue

Donahue requested, received and improperly distributed the answer key for a state LTC CE examination to a financial advisor outside his member firm.

Certain states began requiring financial advisors to successfully complete an LTC CE examination before selling long-term care products to retail customers. The firm authorized its wholesalers to give financial advisors vouchers from a company, which the financial advisors could use to take the LTC CE examinations without charge. Donahue was an internal wholesaler at a firm who supported the selling efforts of external wholesalers who marketed an insurance product to financial advisors at financial service firms. Firm employees, other than Donahue, created answer keys for the company’s LTC CE examinations for various states, and distributed them to other firm employees.

Shaun Michael Donahue : Fiend $5,000; Suspended 1 month
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