Michael Hajek suspended by FINRA
In March, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Michael Hajek of Treasure Island, FL, formerly with Cetera Financial of St. Petersburgh, FL was suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for eighteen months and fined $35,000. The suspension and fine arise out of FINRA’s investigation into Hajek’s outside business activities, specifically his role in assisting clients in opening self-directed IRAs to purchase promissory notes and membership interests in private securities transactions. Hajek’s involvement lead directly to over two million dollars in purchases. According to the findings, after learning of Hajek’s outside business activities, Cetera asked Hajek to stop, but he failed to do so, and failed to disclose his participation and activities related to the outside IRA 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. Michael Hajek was registered with:
06/2013 – 02/2014
According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Michael Hajek has been the subject of one regulatory investigation.
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