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Michael Barranco Faces Allegations, Investor Seeks to Recover Over $3 Million

Feb 16, 2022 Investor Disputes

Michael Barranco (CRD #:4825738), a broker formerly registered with  LPL Financial, is involved in an investor dispute according to his BrokerCheck record, accessed on February 2, 2022. 

Investor Allegations

On October 6, 2021, a dispute was filed against Michael Barranco, alleging selling away in connection with their investment in real estate. The investors are seeking $3,215,649.78一the dispute is still pending.

Prior Disclosures

Undisclosed Private Securities Transactions

There is another disclosure involving selling away—a.k.a. unapproved private securities transactions—on Michael Barranco’s record. According to an Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent agreement dated August 1, 2016, Michael Barranco consented to the findings that he allegedly participated in almost 40 private securities transactions with three different issuers without providing proper notice to his firm. In total, 27 people, most of whom were firm customers, invested over $3.5 million through Michael Barranco一 violating FINRA Rules 3280 and 2010. 

Undisclosing Private Securities Transactions is a Violation of FINRA Rule 3280

FINRA Rule 3280 states that before participating in any private securities transaction, a registered broker should provide written notice to his/her member firm describing in detail the proposed transaction and proposed role. Brokerage firms maintain a list of approved securities their brokers are allowed to offer. By approving products ahead of time, brokerage firms ensure that their brokers sell only approved securities.

The broker should also state whether he/she has received or may receive selling compensation in connection with the transaction.

A violation of FINRA Rule 3280 is also a violation of FINRA Rule 2010, which requires associated persons to observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade in the conduct of their business.

FINRA Suspension and Fine

As part of the AWC, Michael Barranco consented to the following FINRA sanctions:

  1. A two-year suspension
  2. A $20,000 fine

You can read the whole AWC here.

Employment Termination

On November 17, 2015, LPL Financial fired Michael Barranco after he allegedly solicited clients to invest in private securities transactions. 

Michael Barranco Background Information

Michael Barranco has passed the following exams:

  • Series 65 - Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination
  • Series 66 - Uniform Combined State Law Examination
  • SIE - Securities Industry Essentials Examination
  • Series 7 - General Securities Representative Examination

Besides LPL Financial, Michael Barranco has also worked with Raymond James Financial Services (CRD#:6694).

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