FINRA suspends Houston broker Matt Schomburg

In November, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that registered representative Matt Schomburg of Houston, Texas and formerly associated with State Frm VP Management submitted a letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was assessed a deferred fine of $15,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for six months. Without admitting or denying the findings, Schomburg consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he engaged in private securities transactions without first providing prior written notice to his member firm.

The findings stated that Matt Schomburg made personal investments totaling approximately $12,500 in a limited liability company formed for the purpose of investing in a medical appliance enterprise and in a Texas-based bank. Schomburg failed to give the requisite notice to the firm until he disclosed the investments to his securities supervisor during the course of his annual branch audit.

The findings also stated that Matt Schomburg engaged in outside business activities without providing prior and/or prompt written notice to the firm. Schomburg did not update his outside business activity disclosures to reflect the company or request approval to engage in any outside business activities with the company until he disclosed the company’s existence and name change to his securities supervisor during the course of his annual branch audit.

The findings also included that Schomburg forged the signatures of insurance customers on numerous insurance forms, and permitted his insurance employees to forge insurance customers’ signatures on numerous insurance forms as an accommodation to customers when it was inconvenient for the customers to sign the documents themselves and with the customers’ knowledge and authorization.

The suspension is in effect from October 5, 2015, through April 4, 2016

Matt Schomburg’s registration and disciplinary history

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

Matt Schomburg was registered with:

06/2001 – 10/2013
STATE FARM VP MANAGEMENT CORP. (CRD# 43036) – KATY, TX

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Matt Schomburg has been the subject of one regulatory investigation.

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