FINRA’s Department of Enforcement investigated Ellingwood’s alleged misconduct and found he exercised discretion and unauthorized trades in one of his customer’s accounts. According to FINRA, Ellingwood effected discretionary trades in the account of a customer without obtaining prior written authorization from the customer and without acceptance of the account as discretionary by Edward Jones.
Based upon the foregoing misconduct, FINRA alleged Ellingwood violated NASD Rule 2510(b), as well as FINRA Rule 2010. For example, NASD Rule 2510 prohibits a registered representative from exercising any discretionary authority in a customer’s account unless such customer has provided prior written authorization and the account has been accepted by a FINRA member. In cases where a financial advisor executes unauthorized trades without proper authorization, the financial advisor and brokerage firm may be found liable, as well as disciplined by securities regulators such as the case here.
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