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Shreveport, LA-based Raymond James & Associates Discharges Broker James Edward Lyons


Allegations of unauthorized trading surround Lyon’s discharge from member firm

After 34 years in the securities industry, former Raymond James & Associates broker James Edward Lyons is no longer registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). According to his FINRA BrokerCheck report, Raymond James & Associates discharged Lyons in April 2017 due to allegations of unauthorized trading.

Unauthorized trading occurs when a broker purchases or sells securities in a non-discretionary customer account without prior customer authorization, and it is a FINRA sales practice violation. It occurs in accounts in which a customer has not received prior written discretionary authority from the customer to make transactions in the account.

In addition, previous customer disputes against the Louisiana-based broker include allegations of:

In these cases, two customer disputes were settled with settlement amounts in excess of $500,000, while two customer disputes are pending with requested damages in excess of $800,000.

Prior to his employment with Raymond James & Associates from February 2013 to April 2017, James Lyons was employed by:

  • Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. in Shreveport, LA from August 1993 to February 2013
  • Capitol Securities Group, Inc. from May 1983 to August 1993

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