Kenley Brisard Barred over SBA Strip Sales

Kenley Brisard barred by FINRA.

In December, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Kenley Brisard of Weston, Florida, a registered representative formerly with Ridgeway & Conger and Gunn Allen Financial submitted an acceptance, waiver and consent letter whereby he was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity.

The FINRA complaint asserted that Kenley Brisard participated in an unregistered offering of securities and made material misrepresentations about the investments.  The investments sold by Brisard and another registered rep were “interest only strips” from loans issued by the Small Business Administration.  FINRA found that Brisard improperly marketed the securities using a “general solicitation” which contained false information that was contradicted by the prospectus for the underlying securities.  In March, 2016 Ridgeway and Conger discharged Brisard for selling unsuitable investments and charging excess commissions to his customers.

Registration and disciplinary history

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

Ridgeway and Conger from March, 2009 to March, 2016

GunnAllen Financial from July, 2004 to April, 2009

Raymond James Financial from March, 1999 to July, 2004

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Kenley Brisard has been the subject of one customer complaint and one regulatory investigation. In additioan, Brisard was discharged from National Securities Corporation in 1998 after a branch compliance officer overheard Brisard telling a client that he was the CEO of American Express.

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