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David Sullivan Accused of Excessive Trading on More Than One Occasion on silverlaw.comSilver Law Group is investigating former Jupiter, Florida-based Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (CRD# 19616) broker Roberto O. Bastardo (CRD# 6570886) after Wells Fargo Advisors discharged him for allegedly attempting to misappropriate customer funds.

According to Bastardo’s FINRA BrokerCheck report, Wells Fargo Advisors discharged Bastardo in September 2016 for attempting to misappropriate over $185,000 from a Wells Fargo Advisors customer.  The firm allegedly recovered all but $800 of the misappropriated funds, but authorities were contacted.

FINRA followed up the discharge by permanently barring Bastardo from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public in November 2016 after Bastardo failed to respond to a FINRA inquiry.

FINRA Has Darrel Michael “Mike” Cruz Under Fire After Alleged Supervisory Failings on silverlaw.comSilver Law Group is investigating former Florida-based LPL Financial LLC (CRD# 6413) and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (CRD# 19616) (Also known as Wells Fargo Clearing Services) broker William T. Eaton (CRD# 3058469) after FINRA suspended him.

According to Eaton’s FINRA BrokerCheck report, FINRA suspended Eaton from acting as a broker in September 2016.  Eaton allegedly failed to comply with an arbitration award or settlement agreement or to satisfactorily respond to a FINRA request to provide information concerning the status of compliance.

LPL Financial employed Eaton from August 2015 to November 2016 at its West Palm Beach, Florida location.  Wells Fargo Advisors employed Eaton from April 2013 to August 2015 at its Wellington, Florida location.  Prior to Wells Fargo and LPL Financial, Suntrust Investment Services, Inc. (CRD# 17499) employed Eaton from July 2011 to April 2013 at its Delray Beach, Florida branch.

Silver Law Group is investigating former Clearwater, Florida broker Dennis M. Merritt (CRD# 1748115) after FINRA suspended him for four months and his employing firm terminated him for alleged unsuitable recommendations among other things.

In March 2016, FINRA and Merritt entered into an order accepting offer of settlement (the “Order”).  The Order accepted the punishment without admitting or denying the allegations in the Complaint.

The Complaint alleged that Merritt invested a total of $115,000 in a speculative investment without providing written notice to his member firm prior to participating in the private securities transactions.

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