FINRA’s Department of Enforcement initiated an investigation into Allen’s alleged misconduct. Specifically, FINRA’s investigation concerned allegations Allen improperly solicited loans from securities customers in violation of federal and state securities laws. In connection with this investigation, FINRA sent Allen a request to provide on-the-record-testimony pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210. According to FINRA, Allen acknowledged receipt of FINRA’s Rule 8210 request; yet he failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation.
Based upon the foregoing alleged misconduct, FINRA asserted Allen violated FINRA Rules 2010 and 8210. Specifically, FINRA Rule 8210 authorizes FINRA, in the course of its investigations, to require persons associated with a FINRA member to “provide information orally, in writing, or electronically . . . with respect to any matter involved in the investigation...” Here, Allen failed to provide information in response to FINRA’s request, thereby violating FINRA Rule 8210.
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