FINRA suspends Richard Sampley over Energy Deal

Richard Sampley suspended by FINRA.

In December, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Richard Sampley of Atlanta, Georgia, a registered representative formerly with Raymond James, Morgan Keegan and UBS Financial submitted an acceptance, waiver and consent letter whereby he was suspended from association with any FINRA member for ten months, and assessed a fine of $15,000.

The FINRA complaint asserted that Richard Sampley participated in private securities transactions in a renewable energy company without getting prior written permission from his member firm.  The AWC detailed Sampley’s involvement in the transactions such as arranging for clients to receive warrants to purchase shares in the company, and his receipt of compensation, and use of firm resources to facilitate the transactions.

Registration and disciplinary history

In order to lawfully sell investments to the public,  a registered rep must either be registered or exempt from registration.  Richard Sampley was registered with:

Raymond James from February, 2013 to November, 2014

Morgan Keegan from July, 2006 to February, 2013

UBS Financial December, 1994 to July, 2006

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Richard Sampley has been the subject of one customer complaint and one regulatory investigation.

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