FINRA suspends former LPL broker Michael Barranco
In September, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Michael Barranco of Montgomery, Alabama, a registered representative formerly with LPL Financial submitted an acceptance, waiver and consent letter whereby he was suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for two years and fined $20,000. The FINRA complaint asserted that Michael Barranco participated in three separate private securities transactions away from the firm, without obtaining permission from LPL in advance. FINRA found that Michael Barranco engaged in nearly 40 private securities transactions between 2010-2015, many involving 13% notes issued by private companies
Registration and disciplinary history
In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, a registered rep must either be registered or exempt from registration. Michael Barranco was registered with LPL Financial from 2007 – December, 2015.
According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Michael Barranco has been the subject of one regulatory investigation.
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