Posted On: February 14, 2012

January 2012 FINRA Florida Disciplinary Actions

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) has taken disciplinary actions against the following individuals for violations of FINRA rules and federal securities laws, rules and regulations.

Jan D. Narrine (Winter Garden, Florida) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Without admitting or denying the findings, Jan Narrine consented to the described sanction and to the entry of findings that he misappropriated a total of $57,311.99 by transferring funds from customers’ accounts to his own, and in each instance, forged the customers’ signatures on LOAs, which falsely purported to authorize and instruct the transfers. The findings stated that the transfers were made without the customers’ knowledge or authorization.

Victor B. Azevedo (Miami, Florida) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was fined $2,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member for five business days. Victor Azevedo consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that he knowingly made untrue statements while employed by his member firm’s bank affiliate.

Ricardo Blanco (Key Biscayne, Florida) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member. Ricardo Blanco consented to the described sanction and to the entry of findings that he sent documents that contained false and inflated account values to a customer and also sent the customer a false account statement, which indicated that the account’s value was approximately $3 million when, in fact, it was worth less than a dollar. The findings stated that Ricardo Blanco sent a false account statement with an inflated value to another customer; the false statement indicated that the value of the account was approximately $2 million when the account had, in fact, been closed.

Richard Paul Counts (Belleair, Florida)
submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member. Counts consented to the described sanction and to the entry of findings that he misappropriated approximately $18,000 from a customer’s checking account and approximately $73,500 from the same customer’s home equity line of credit; Counts converted these funds to his personal use.

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