J.R. Gladden suspended by FINRA over Church Fund Sales

J.R. Gladden suspended by FINRA.

J.R. Gladden suspended

In September, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that J.R. Gladden of La Mesa, CA a registered representative formerly with Securities Equity Group of El Cajon, CA submitted an acceptance, waiver and consent letter whereby he was suspended from association with any FINRA in any capacity for twelve months. The FINRA complaint alleged that J.R. Gladden participated in private securities transactions concerning sales of Church Fund, LLC and the Church Development Fund without receiving written approval from Securities Equity Group.  Gladden raised over two million dollars for the Church Fund and the Church Development Fund without notifying his firm, or allowing the firm to approve or investigate the circumstances surrounding the outside business activity. In addition, Gladden represented to Securities Equity Group that he was not engaged in any capital raising activities outside the firm.

Registration and disciplinary history

In order to lawfully sell investments to the public,  a registered rep must either be registered or exempt from registration.  J.R. Gladden was registered with Securities Equity Group from 2002- March, 2016.

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, J.R. Gladden has been the subject of two customer complaints and three regulatory investigations.

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