John Krohn (John Michael Krohn CRD#2722975) is a formerly registered broker who worked for Principal Securities, Inc. (CRD# 1137) at their West Des Moines, Iowa branch office. He had been in the securities industry since 1996. According to his CRD report, Mr.Krohn was a board member of Domiknow and Spotlight Innovation, Inc since 2015. Krohn was also the managing member of Cash Flow Structure Group in Des Moines, Iowa.
John Krohn Selling Away Claims
John Krohn has 6 disclosures on his publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report, including 5 customer disputes and 1 regulatory disclosure:
April, 2020: A dispute alleged that “the firm failed to supervise John Krohn’s private securities transactions and dealings with claimants, is liable for Mr. Krohn’s misconduct and claimant’s losses.” $10,000,000 in damages are requested, and the dispute is pending as of this writing.
February, 2020: A dispute alleged that “the firm failed to supervise John Krohn’s private securities transactions; his selling away activities; and his outside business activities that resulted in damages to them.” $1,200,000 in damages are requested, and the dispute is pending as of this writing.
February, 2020: A dispute alleged that “John Krohn solicited large investments from them into venture capital companies owned, managed, or controlled at least in part by Krohn.” $28,000,000 in damages are requested, and the dispute is pending as of this writing.
May, 2018: A regulatory disclosure states that “Krohn consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he engaged in outside business activities and made personal purchases totaling $7.9 million of private securities away from his member firm without notifying it about those activities or purchases. The findings stated that Krohn’s failure to give his firm prior written notice of the outside business activities prevented the firm from considering issues such as whether his outside business activities would interfere with his responsibilities to the firm or its customers, and whether customers or the public would incorrectly view the activities as part of the firm’s business.” Krohn was fined $10,000 and suspended three for months.
September, 2017: A customer dispute alleged that the private placement he was sold by Krohn was “not a product of the firm”. $97,000 in damages were requested. The claim was denied.
November, 2007: A customer dispute alleged that a variable annuity wasn’t in the client’s best interest and requested $5,696 in damages, which was denied.
Krohn Accused Of Selling Away
Multiple customer disputes allege that John Krohn engaged in the sales practice violation of selling away. Selling away is simply when a broker conducts a transaction that is not approved by the firm they are a registered representative of.
Selling away is potentially dangerous and can leave investors to be vulnerable to losses. Though brokers are not supposed to engage in selling away, they may do so to earn higher compensation than with approved investments. Frequently, financial advisors urge clients to invest in projects which the stockbroker has a personal vested interest.
Investors should be aware of some common signs that may indicate their broker is selling away, such as being pressured to take action, or an opportunity described as having a high rate of return and low risk. Some of the common types of unauthorized investments include hedge funds, multi-level marketing, promissory notes, unregistered securities, and small business investments.
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