FINRA fines, suspends Davis CA broker Jim Belenis

In November, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Jim Belenis of Davis, California submitted a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent in which he was fined $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 20 business days.

Without admitting or denying the findings, Jim Belenis consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he engaged in a private securities transaction by investing in a limited liability company that held a gold mining operation, without prior written notice to his member firm. The findings stated that Belenis assisted in raising capital for the limited liability company, yet inaccurately answered “no” on a firm questionnaire asking whether he had assisted in raising capital.

The suspension was in effect from October 5, 2015, through October 30, 2015..

Jim Belenis’s registration and disciplinary history

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

Jim Belenis was registered with:

Registered with this firm since 05/2013

KMS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. (CRD# 3866)
03/2008 – 03/2013
RAYMOND JAMES FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. (CRD# 6694) – DAVIS, CA
04/1994 – 03/2008
EDWARD JONES (CRD# 250) – DAVIS, CA

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Jim Belenis has been the subject of five customer complaints and one regulatory investigation.

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