FINRA’s Department of Enforcement initiated an investigation into Wengert alleged misconduct. Specifically, FINRA’s investigation concerned allegations Wengert opened brokerage accounts outside of the firm on behalf of Transamerica Financial customers and engaged in unsuitable trading. In connection with this investigation, FINRA sent Wengert a request to provide documents and information pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210. According to FINRA, Wengert acknowledged receipt of FINRA’s Rule 8210 requests; yet he failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation.
Based upon the foregoing alleged misconduct, FINRA asserted Wengert 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, Wengert failed to provide information in response to FINRA’s request, thereby violating FINRA Rule 8210.
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