Erez Law is currently investigating Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC broker Jeremy Fortner (CRD# 4811478) regarding private outside investments, also known as selling away. Fortner has been registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC in Beverly Hills, California since 2014.
Selling away is when a U.S. based broker sells an investment to a client without his brokerage firm’s permission, the broker is selling investments away from the firm, or simply “selling away.” A broker might partake in this inappropriate practice to earn a commission he or she would otherwise have to pass up.
Fortner has been the subject of three customer complaints in 2021, according to his CRD report:
- August 2021. “Client complains that Financial Advisor solicited his investment in two private outside investments, borrowed monies secured by a promissory note, and purchased a security in his account without authorization. (1/1/2018-8/4/2021).” The case is currently pending.
- July 2021. “Client complains that FA involved him in an outside business activity and private placement, and seeks to recoup his entire investment. (3/7/2017-7/19/2021).” The customer is seeking $238,000 in damages and the case is currently pending.
- June 2021. “Client complained that he loaned money to his financial advisor and that the financial advisor has broken all agreements and deadlines for repayment. (3/1/2021-6/23/2021).” The customer sought $26,000 in damages and the case was settled for $23,250.
Pursuant to FINRA Rules, member firms are responsible for supervising a broker’s activities during the time the broker is registered with the firm. Therefore, Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC may be liable for investment or other losses suffered by Fortner’s customers.
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