FINRA bars Gardnerville broker Steve Ybarra
In April, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Steve Ybarra of Gardnerville, Nevada was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Ybarra consented to findings that he submitted fictitious insurance policy applications to his firm in order to meet certain production goals. The AWC can be found here.
FINRA’s complaint concerned allegations that Ybarra submitted fictitious insurance applications through his firm Farmer’s Financial Solutions’ insurance affiliate in order to meet production thresholds. As a result of submitting the applications, Ybarra received subsidy payments and commissions that he was otherwise not entitled to receive. Ybarra signed the AWC with FINRA in January, 2016 and it became effective in February, 2016 when accepted by FINRA.
Steve Ybarra’s registration and disciplinary history
In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, a registered rep must either be registered or exempt from registration. Steve Ybarra was registered with:
According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Steve Ybarra has been the subject of one regulatory investigation.
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