January 2020 -Palm Harbor, Florida
The FINRA records of Charles Joseph Lawrence, a former stockbroker who was last employed by R. F. Lafferty & Co. disclose a final regulatory matter resulting in a bar from the industry and an employment separation after allegations.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.
In 10/2019 FINRA permanently barred Lawrence from the securities industry to resolve allegations that he exploited an elderly customer suffering from severe cognitive impairment by churning his account and making unsuitable recommendations which generated more than $9 million in commissions. Much of the trading was unauthorized according to FINRA.
In March 2016, Lawrence was discharged from Morgan Stanley who made the following allegations on his FINRA record: “Allegations involving adherence to industry rules and/or firm policy regarding use of trading discretion.”
Lawrence was registered with Morgan Stanley from 6/2009-4/2016. He was registered with R.F. Lafferty 4/2016-10/2019.
What is Discretionary Authority ?
In this context, it means that the broker makes trades in the customer’s account without first consulting the customer. It means that the broker can decide how much of a security to buy or sell, and at what price, without customer input. Generally discretionary trading in an investor account is only allowed if the investor has authorized the broker to do so in writing and the brokerage firm has approved the account for discretionary trading.
If a broker makes trades in an account without having discretionary authority and without first consulting with the customer, that is generally considered to be an unauthorized trade and the customer may be entitled to damages for any losses.
If you have questions about losses in an account handled by Charles Lawrence, call to discuss your options.
Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL, and Austin, TX, provides representation to investors nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.
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