IMS Securities Inc. has settled a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority case accusing the Houston-based brokerage firm of inadequately overseeing its wholesale representatives. Per the SRO’s claims, IMS Securities allegedly failed to customize its supervisory system to its business in a manner that could allow it to be in compliance with securities laws and FINRA rules. However, despite agreeing to the $100,000 fine and censure, the financial firm is not admitting to or denying the findings.
Per FINRA, IMS Securities failed to supervise several wholesale representatives for nearly the first four years of their employment and had insufficient WSP’s detailing the steps for assessing certain securities products (even though the financial firm sold number of direct participation plans and privately-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs)). The regulator also said that there was one year when the financial firm did not conduct annual audits at two of its OSJ branches, and, for close to two years IMS Securities failed to properly maintain sales/purchase blotters, checks forwarded/received blotters, and other receipts and financial records.The SRO believes that not only did IMS Securities’ wholesale representatives send securities business-related electronic communications through outside email addresses but also, the firm did not keep the emails.
Texas Securities Fraud
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