FINRA’s Department of Enforcement investigated Johnson and alleged he borrowed a total of $322,000 from one of his brokerage customers without disclosing the loans to SunTrust. FINRA alleged Freeze never provided prior notification to SunTrust of his intent to borrow money from the Firm customer, nor did he obtain written approval from the Firm in connection with the $322,000 loan from his customer. Indeed, according to FINRA, Johnson inaccurately filled out an annual compliance questionnaire related to his borrowing from the firm customer.
FINRA alleged Johnson violated FINRA Rule 3240, which prohibits registered persons from borrowing money from or lending money to any customer certain conditions and/or exceptions are satisfied. Specifically, FINRA Rule 3240 prohibits registered persons from borrowing money from or lending money to any customer unless: 1) the representative’s employing member firm has written procedures allowing borrowing from or lending to customers; 2) the borrowing or lending meets at least one of the conditions specified in Rule 3240(a)(2); and 3) the registered person notifies the firm of the borrowing or lending arrangement and obtains pre-approval in writing. A violation of FINRA Rule 3240 also constitutes a violation of FINRA Rule 2010, which requires associated persons to observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principals of trade.
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