FINRA suspends Palm Harbor FL broker Mark Quimby

In October, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Mark Quimby of Palm Harbor, FL, submitted a letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was assessed a deferred fine of $10,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for three months.

Without admitting or denying the findings, Mark Quimby consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he participated in private securities transactions by soliciting two customers to invest $20,000 and $39,725 in a security formed to invest in alternative investments, without providing prior written notice to his member firm or receiving its written approval to solicit or in any way participate in the investment.

The findings stated that the investment fund was managed by Quimby’s wife but not offered by the firm. Quimby falsely stated on firm compliance questionnaires in 2012 and 2013 that he had not engaged in soliciting, referring or recommending any private securities products.

The suspension is in effect from September 8, 2015, through December 7, 2015.

Mark Quimby’s registration and disciplinary history

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

Mark Quimby was registered with:

02/2008 – 06/2014
ALLSTATE FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC
05/2007 – 11/2007
STATE FARM VP MANAGEMENT CORP.
08/2005 – 04/2007
NYLIFE SECURITIES LLC

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

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