The broker is reported to have made risky investments that lost a client most of her retirement savings
Early in 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) permanently banned Kelly Althar from acting as a broker. This action was the result of several allegations, including excessive trading, unsuitable recommendations, and possible elder financial fraud.
A 10-year veteran of the securities industry, Althar worked for these six firms, starting in 1995:
• Pruco Securities Corporation – Newark, NJ
• Sun Investment Services Company – Wellesley Hills, MA
• M.L. Stern & Co, LLC. – San Francisco, CA
• Southwest Securities, Inc. – San Francisco, CA
• Financial West Group – San Francisco, CA
• Paulson Investment Company LLC – Novato, CA
According to FINRA, Althar engaged in a high amount of trading using two accounts held by an elderly client in order to generate commissions, also known as churning. In addition, although this client only wanted low-risk investments because she was retiring soon, Althar reportedly focused on risky securities, which would constitute unsuitable investment advice. FINRA reports that Althar “decimated” the client’s accounts which contained most of her life savings.
If Althar is determined to have taken advantage of an older client, it could constitute elder financial fraud. If the broker made investments that she didn’t authorize, it would also be considered a breach of fiduciary duty.
You can read more about Kelly Althar in FINRA’s BrokerCheck report.
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