California Stockbroker Discipline Report for April 2010

warning_flag.jpgThe following information regarding broker misconduct and disciplinary activities taken against California stockbrokers was released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in April 2010:

Heriberto Americo Artiga Sr. of Sylmar, California, formerly with Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation in Downey, California, was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for engaging in private securities transactions involving the sale of $2.5 million of promissory notes to individuals that were promised to be risk-free, high yield investments.

Horus River Brown, formerly with Banc of America Investment Services in La Jolla, California, was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for engaging in a private securities transaction outside the scope of his employment involving the investment of $200,000 in a convertible debenture that Brown promised would return 10 percent within ten months.

Keevin Lorenzo Gillespie of Santa Ana, California, formerly with National Securities Corporation in Irvine, California, was suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for nine months for exercising control over elderly individuals’ accounts and effecting excessive and unsuitable securities transactions in the accounts causing a total net loss of approximately $135,414 and generating gross commissions totaling approximately $182,820.26.

Scott Daniel Hendrickson of Yorba Linda, California, formerly with Ameriprise Advisor Services, was fined $10,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for two years. Hendrickson was terminated by Ameriprise for misappropriation/conversion of customer funds and unauthorized trading.

Richard Alan Mechikoff Jr., formerly with Securities America in Fresno, California, was fined $10,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for two years for making unauthorized and unsuitable recommendations resulting in the excessive concentration of speculative and volatile stocks in customer accounts.

William Frederick Nord, formerly with Morgan Stanley in Newport Beach, California, was fined $2,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 10 business days for settling a customer’s complaint by paying the customer and agreeing to lower commission rates on the customer’s future stock purchases without his member firm’s knowledge or approval.