Michael Riccio Faces FINRA Suspension
Michael Riccio (CRD #: 2529322), a broker with San Blas Securities, consented to a Massachusetts state consent order following a FINRA suspension, according to his BrokerCheck record, accessed on December 14, 2021.
Massachusetts Regulatory Action
According to the consent order, conditions were placed on Michael Riccio's registration in Massachusetts following his FINRA suspension. Those conditions will focus on his outside business activities, which were also the subject of his FINRA suspension.
Undisclosed Outside Business Allegations
According to an Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent agreement dated June 11, 2021, Michael Riccio consented to the findings that from January 2018 through June 2019, he allegedly participated in two outside business activities without prior written notice to his member firm LPL Financial, in violation of FINRA Rules 3270 and 2010.
The AWC states that while registered with LPL, Michael Riccio was a notary public and provided notary services to LPL customers. During that same period, he also allegedly provided notary and Medicaid application preparation services to the mother of a former customer and received approximately $3,600 in compensation for those services. LPL Financial's written supervisory procedures required registered representatives to disclose all outside business activities and receive written approval from the firm.
Michael Riccio allegedly did not provide written notice to LPL seeking approval of his notary or Medicaid application preparation services as outside business activities. Additionally, he allegedly provided a false and misleading compliance attestation to LPL because he did not disclose his notary services as an outside business activity.
FINRA Rules 3270 and 2010
FINRA Rule 3270 requires that brokers provide written notice to their firms regarding their outside business activities. By engaging in an outside business activity without providing prior written notice to his firm, Michael Riccio violated FINRA Rules 3270 and 2010.
A violation of FINRA Rule 3270 also constitutes a violation of FINRA Rule 2010, which requires registered representatives to observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.
Michael Riccio does not have any businesses listed in the Outside Business Activity of his detailed BrokerCheck report. This is where outside businesses that a broker discloses to their firm should appear.
As part of the terms of the AWC, Michael Riccio consented to a 2-month suspension and a $5,000 fine.
Employment Termination Details
On June 11, 2021, LPL Financial fired Michael Riccio for allegedly participating in undisclosed outside business activities. According to the allegations, he was a notary and provided services to customers. The allegations further state that Michael Riccio also offered assistance to the mother of a former customer and received approximately $3,600.00 compensation for those services without seeking approval from LPL. In addition, Michael Riccio allegedly provided a false attestation to the firm of an outside business activity.
Michael Riccio has passed the following exams:
- Series 63 - Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination
- SIE - Securities Industry Essentials Examination
- Series 7 - General Securities Representative Examination
He is a registered broker in seven states.
Michael Riccio has also worked with the following firms:
- Kovack Securities (CRD#:44848)
- Securities America (CRD#:10205)
- Investacorp (CRD#:7684)
- Commonwealth Financial Network (CRD#:8032)
- IDS Life Insurance Company (CRD#:6321)
- American Express Financial Advisors(CRD#:6363)
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