Former LPL Financial Broker Mark Tauzin Suspended and Fined by FINRA
Tauzin’s alleged actions are some of the latest in a long history of violations by LPL advisors
Mark Tauzin won’t be able to work as a broker again until July of this year. In November of 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) suspended him eight months for what they called a “pattern of unsuitable short-term trading of front-loaded Unit Investment Trusts (UITs).” In addition to the suspension, Tauzin was ordered to pay fines that totaled over $225,000.
FINRA found that there was no reasonable basis for Tauzin to believe that these investments were suitable for his clients. In addition, he is reported to have maintained blank forms with customer signatures that allowed him to manipulate transactions.
Tauzin started his career in 1987 with Sherwood Capital, Inc. In 1988, he began working for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. in New York City. After seven years, Tauzin relocated to Lafayette, LA, where he worked for four firms: A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.; Wachovia Securities LLC; Raymond James & Associates, Inc.; and LPL Financial LLC.
It was with LPL that Tauzin is reported to have made the unsuitable UTI investments. And one client alleged that Tauzin’s unauthorized trading cost her a significant amount of money, and she was awarded $750,000 in damages. In November of 2014, Tauzin was discharged from LPL in relation to the blank forms he maintained, which was a violation of the firm’s signature policy.
LPL has also had its share of problems. Dating back 30 years, the firm has been charged with numerous allegations, including failure to supervise, misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty.
The most recent charge against LPL involved the firm’s failure to send out notices to its customers informing them of suitability determinations that had been made over the previous three years. Over 1.5 million clients were affected and as a result, the firm was censured and fined $900,000.
LPL was also in the news recently for more unsavory activities. In early December of 2016, the top financial regulator in Massachusetts charged the firm with fraud in regard to annuities sold to retirees.
A couple weeks after that, a North Carolina-based advisor affiliated with the firm was sentenced to 63 months in prison for running a Ponzi scheme that netted him almost $1.5 million.
FINRA’s BrokerCheck reports on both Mark Tauzin and LPL Financial LLC offer much more information.
If you have ever done any business with Mark Tauzin or LPL Financial LLC, it’s possible you lost money due to their actions. To find out if you can recover that money, contact the Silver Law Group to speak with an investment fraud and securities arbitration attorney.
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