The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) licenses and regulates the stock brokerage industry. It requires stock brokerage firms and their stock brokers to be qualified, registered, and approved by the agency before they may offer and sell securities to the public. FINRA also requires its registrants to immediately report regulatory events, such as suspensions, fines, and customer complaints, against the firm and broker. FINRA maintains a database of investor complaints and disciplinary and employment history for registered representatives and publishes some of this information on its BrokerCheck website, www.brokercheck.finra.org. The FINRA BrokerCheck is purportedly useful for predicting future broker misconduct. Unfortunately, not all customer complaints are accurately or completely reported on the website. We are seeking information to determine whether Mr. Gamble's employers have accurately and completely reported any customer complaints against their employee.
FINRA reports that Mr. Gamble has been registered in the securities industry since 1994. Over the years, he has been registered with 6 brokerage firms: Royal Alliance Associates Inc., Vestax Securities Corporation, EPlanning Securities Inc., Securities America Inc., GBS Financial Corp. and most recently Western International Securities Inc. During that period, the FINRA BrokerCheck Report indicates that Mr. Gamble has been the subject of 21 Customer Disputes, 9 of which were pending as of August 22, 2016.
One customer dispute went through hearing which resulted in an arbitration award in favor of the customer in the amount of $127,106. There are 11 customer disputes with allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of FINRA rules, and failure to supervise that have supposedly settled for amounts ranging from $8,000 to $225,000. There were 9 pending arbitrations reportedly filed involving Mr. Gamble for the same alleged misconduct while he was employed at EPlanning Securities as President of that company. According to the FINRA brokercheck report, Mr. Gamble was supposedly only named as a Respondent because he was the President of the company at the time and had no direct involvement in the offer and sale of the securities at issue. We believe that Mr. Gamble's employers may have not accurately or completely reported all of the Customer Disputes involving him and request that all investors with complaints against Mr. Gamble contact our office immediately.
The most important of investors' rights is the right to be informed! We intend to notify FINRA of any and all unreported or inaccurate customer complaints against this firm and/or broker. This blog post is by the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida. For over 35 years, Attorney Pearce has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of disputes involving complex securities, commodities and investment law issues. The lawyers at our law firm are devoted to protecting investors' rights throughout the United States and internationally! Please visit our website, www.secatty.com, post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, or email Mr. Pearce at email@example.com for answers to any of your questions about this blog post and/or any related matter.