Broker Ken Crosser barred by FINRA

In October, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Ken Crosser submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Without admitting or denying the findings, Crosser consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he refused to appear for FINRA-requested testimony during the course of an investigation into allegations that he was involved in the sale of structured settlement cash flow instruments to investors without providing his member firm with prior written notice and receiving firm approval to engage in this activity.

 Ken Crosser’s registration and disciplinary history

In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, one must either be registered or exempt from registration.

Ken Crosser was registered with:

 06/2013 – 10/2013
GIRARD SECURITIES, INC. (CRD# 18697) – OTTUMWA, IA
02/2012 – 06/2013
CAMBRIDGE INVESTMENT RESEARCH, INC. (CRD# 39543) – OTTUMWA, IA
02/2010 – 02/2012
ROYAL ALLIANCE ASSOCIATES, INC. (CRD# 23131) – OTTUMWA, IA
04/2003 – 02/2010
PROEQUITIES, INC. (CRD# 15708) – OTTUMWA, IA

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Ken Crosser has been the subject of two customer complaints and two regulatory investigations.

The Law Office of David Liebrader practices exclusively in the field of investment loss recovery and our securities attorneys have successfully resolved over 1000 investment loss cases over the past 20 years. Recoveries for clients top $40 million. The types of claims we have successfully handled include those involving unsuitable investments (suitability claims), excessive trading or “churning”, misrepresentations and omissions, unauthorized trading, over-concentration of illiquid or overly risky investments, pump and dump scams involving “penny stocks”, direct participation programs (private placements) involving real estate investment trusts (REITS), oil and gas exploration programs, leasing equipment deals and receivable financing, promissory notes whether sold through a broker dealer or as part of the outside business activities of a registered representative, ponzi scheme losses, failure on the part of the broker dealer to perform due diligence, state securities law (blue sky) violations and failure to supervise.

Investment losses can be recovered through a process known as FINRA arbitration. FINRA regulates broker dealers that sell investments, and provides an arbitration forum to resolve investor disputes. Investors can pursue claims against their brokerage firms in the FINRA arbitration forum. Common claims in the forum are those for suitability, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentations and omissions, negligence, violation of FINRA rules, state and federal securities laws violations, elder abuse, breach of contract and failure to supervise. On average, the recovery process takes approximately a year, from start to finish.

FINRA’s rules require that all investment recommendations made by licensed financial advisors be suitable in light of a customer’s needs, objectives and risk tolerance. In addition, all registered representatives are required to be properly supervised, with periodic inspections and reviews by qualified supervisors, whose job it is to vigorously investigate suspicions of wrongdoing (red flags).

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