March 2018 – Houston, TX
According to publicly available records , Melvin (“Mel”) S. Jacobs , (CRD# 1361940) , a stockbroker who was previously employed by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, disclose that he was recently discharged by Merrill Lynch and a prior customer dispute.
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.
Jacobs is currently employed by Sunbelt Securities in Houston and discloses an affiliation with Accumulus Advisors in Houston, TX. He was employed by Merrill Lynch from 5/2009-1/2018. In December 2017 Merrill Lynch discharged Jacobs and made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Conduct inconsistent with Firm policy regarding selling away.”
In the brokerage industry “Selling Away” is the inappropriate practice of a stockbroker soliciting and selling securities not held or offered by the brokerage firm he is employed by. Generally these are private deals that the firm has not performed any due diligence on.
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