Wedbush Securities is in hot water with the SEC, FINRA, and the New York Stock Exchange for a scheme involving its owner and founder, Edward Wedbush. Mr. Wedbush was allegedly employing a manipulative trading scheme involving over 70 accounts at Wedbush Securities. The trading practice, often referred to as “cherry-picking,” occurs when “traders choose to allocate the best performing trades to their own or preferred accounts.”
According to the NYSE’s complaint, Mr. Wedbush’s scheme involved instructing an employee to execute trades in a general account, and then he would later allocate the trades to various accounts that he controlled. No other employees at the firm were permitted to make these “post-execution allocations.” Mr. Wedbush also executed these trades on a separate trading platform that was not used by other traders at the firm.
The firm allowed Mr. Wedbush to exercise this discretion and had no procedures in place to ensure that the allocations were not made for improper purposes, like steering the more profitable trades into Mr. Wedbush’s controlled accounts. NYSE alleges this lack of supervision violated both SEC and NYSE rules. The firm failed to establish and maintain adequate written supervisory procedures, and failed to retain adequate books and records. The firm’s Co-Chief Compliance Officer even raised concerns over Mr. Wedbush’s trading activity, yet the firm still “took no meaningful action.”
This is not Mr. Wedbush’s first time on the regulatory agencies’ radar. In 2010, FINRA brought a regulatory action against Mr. Wedbush in his capacity as president of Wedbush Securities for failure to establish and maintain adequate supervisory procedures. Specifically, FINRA alleged that Mr. Wedbush “failed to follow up on information he received regarding dilatory findings to ensure that the firm’s system in place to file registration disclosures was adequate.”
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