December 10, 2015 Austin, Texas
John Morgan, Securities Commissioner of the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) issued a disciplinary order against Mike Reed Hall of Carrollton, TX, and assessed a fine of $5,000 for selling shares of unregistered stock issued by a public company through a private offering.
The TSSB concluded that Hall, an investment adviser with ETF Wealth Management System was not registered with the Securities Commissioner as a dealer or as an agent of a registered dealer when he sold over $300,000 of stock through a public offering, receiving a commission of over $30,000 as compensation.
“Just because someone is registered as an investment adviser doesn’t mean he or she can sell securities for a commission,” Commissioner Morgan said. “There are distinctions between the duties owed to clients by dealers and investment advisers. A key reason is the expectation that an investment adviser will not benefit financially from a client’s investment in a specific product.”
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