UPDATE March 2016–FINRA records report that Bruce Harada has been named in 23 customer disputes, 22 of which have been settled and one of which is still pending. In January 2014 Harada was sentenced to 20 years for securities fraud and money laundering.
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Original Post —September 2013
Bruce Martin Harada (CRD #2324524, Registered Representative, Honolulu, Hawaii) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Without admitting or denying the findings, Harada consented to the described sanction and to the entry of findings that he convinced some of his customers to withdraw funds from their securities accounts and write personal checks payable to him. Harada represented that he would invest these funds in a personal asset management product. In reality, the product did not exist. Instead of investing these funds as Harada represented, he converted at least $792,612 to his personal use over a three-year period. The findings stated that Harada failed to respond to FINRA requests for information. (FINRA Case #2012032670901)
FINRA records report Harada’s registration history as follows:
ING Financial Partners
ING Financial Advisers
Financial Network Investment Corp
Harada is not registered as of September 2013.
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