Terry Bahgat Barred by FINRA Sued by SEC

Terry Bahgat who was barred by FINRA in March, 2017, has now been sued by the SEC.

In March, 2017 FINRA barred former Cambridge Investment Research and Gradient Securities broker Terry Bahgat, aka Tarek Bahgat for refusing to cooperate with a FINRA investigation.  On September 29, 2017 the SEC filed fraud charges against Terry Bahgat alleging that he siphoned money out of seven elderly client accounts and directed the money to a company he controlled before fleeing to Egypt in 2016.

Bahgat’s FINRA ban was for avoiding his obligations to provide information and respond to FINRA regulators when conducting investigations.

FINRA Rule 9552. Failure to Provide Information or Keep Information Current

This FINRA rule provides if a FINRA member fails to provide information or testimony requested or required by FINRA’s By-Laws or FINRA rules, or fails to keep his or her membership and supporting documents current, FINRA, after providing  21 days’ notice may suspend the FINRA membership of the person. If the suspension is not challenged within 90 days, FINRA may bar the individual.  Bahgat failed to challenge the suspension, which lead to a permanent bar.

Registration and disciplinary history

Tarek Bahgat aka Terry Bahgat had a 30 year career in the securities industry, and was registered with 15 different firms.

In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, a registered rep must either be registered or exempt from registration.  Terry Bahgat is no longer registered, but in the past six years he was registered with:

Cambridge Investment Research from October, 2010 to August, 2015

Gradient Securities from July, 2015 to October, 2016

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Terry Bahgat has been the subject of three customer complaints and one regulatory investigation.

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