Tampa J.W. Cole Broker Fined $250K For “Free Riding”

Tampa J.W. Cole Broker Fined $250K For “Free Riding” 150 150 Rex Securities Law


On October 17. 2013, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported that a fine of nearly a quarter million dollars has been assessed against Joseph Brandon Westphal, a former manager at J. W. Cole Financial, Inc. in Tampa for violations of the securities laws.
According to the report Westphal, who was director of client services and designated supervisory principal for J.W. Cole,  executed over 30 ‘free riding ‘ transactions.
Free riding means that a person buys securities without sufficient capital to cover the trade and is prohibited under federal regulations. Apparently Westphal covered some trades by selling quickly and in other instances he used the accounts of others to cover his cash needs. Profits went to his account, losses went to J.W. Cole.
In the final order he was fined $249,250 and barred from licensing by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation.
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