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Former Puerto Rico-based Popular Securities Broker Manuel Angel Mejia-Gomez Under Investigation

Posted: June 6th, 2017

Former LPL Financial Broker Mark Tauzin Suspended and Fined by FINRA on silverlaw.comSilver Law Group is investigating former Puerto Rico-based Popular Securities, LLC (CRD# 8096) broker Manuel Angel Mejia-Gomez (CRD# 2259727) after FINRA suspended him.

According to Mejia-Gomez’s FINRA BrokerCheck report, FINRA suspended and fined Mejia-Gomez in December 2016 for three months and fined him $15,000.  According to Mejia-Gomez’s BrokerCheck report, he exercised discretionary authority in customers’ accounts.  On multiple occasions, Mejia-Gomez liquidates securities in the account of a customer in order to meet the customer’s cash flow obligations.

The FINRA suspension follows Mejia-Gomez’s resignation from Popular Securities in January 2015.  Popular Securities permitted Mejia-Gomez to resign because he allegedly conducted unauthorized trades to amass commissions.  Prior to that, in December 2014 a complaint alleging unauthorized trading against Mejia-Gomez was settled.

According to Mejia-Gomez’s detailed CRD report, Mejia-Gomez served as chairman of the board for the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce.  Currently, Mejia-Gomez is not a registered broker or investment adviser.

Unauthorized trading occurs when a broker facilitates a transaction without the permission of the customer in a non-discretionary account.  According to FINRA, it is one of the common investor issues along with misrepresentation, cold-calling, and unsuitability.

Unauthorized discretion is a serious form of broker misconduct.  A broker’s employing firm is responsible for overseeing the broker to prevent such misconduct.

Contact Our Firm if You’ve Lost Money

FINRA arbitration is a fast, efficient way to recover your lost investment funds due to unauthorized trading.  We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay us nothing unless we win and recover money for you.

If you have invested with Manuel Angel Mejia-Gomez and Popular Securities and have lost money doing so, you may be able to recover some or all of your losses.  Our lawyers are experienced in recovering investor losses due to broker and brokerage firm misconduct through FINRA arbitration.

Silver Law Group represents the interests of investors who have been the victims of investment fraud.  If you have questions about your legal rights, please contact Scott Silver of the Silver Law Group for a free consultation at ssilver@silverlaw.com or toll free at (800) 975-4345.


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