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Richard Russo Allegedly Facing Regulatory Action

Mar 15, 2022 Unauthorized Trading

Richard Russo (CRD #: 843283), a previously registered broker with Chelsea Financial Services, is the subject of a FINRA investigation. This is according to his BrokerCheck record, accessed on March 10, 2022.

On January 20, 2022, Richard Russo received a Wells Notice. These notices notify brokers that FINRA has made a preliminary determination to recommend disciplinary action. The disciplinary action is based on allegations that Richard Russo recommended unsuitable non-investment grade corporate bonds to two investors. He also allegedly exercised discretion in a customer’s accounts without authorization.

  • According to FINRA Rule 2111, brokers must recommend suitable investments that fit their investors’ risk tolerance. Non-investment grade bonds are highly risky and will not suit most investors’ needs.

He also allegedly exercised discretion in customer accounts without prior written authorization.

  • FINRA Rule 3260 states that brokers may only execute trades without the investor’s authorization in discretionary accounts. For non-discretionary accounts, investors must always seek their customer’s authorization. 

On April 10, 2019, an investor alleged that Richard Russo recommended unsuitable investments that resulted in a loss of principal. The investor sought $225,000; the dispute settled for $57,500.

Background Information

Richard Russo has passed the following exams:

  • Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination
  • SIE – Securities Industry Essentials Examination
  • Series 3 National Commodity Futures Examination
  • Series 5 Interest Rate Options Examination
  • Series 7 General Securities Principal Examination
  • Series 24 General Securities Principal Examination
  • Series 8 General Securities Sales Supervisor Examination (Options Module & General Module)
  • Series 4 Registered Options Principal Examination

He has worked for the following firms:

  • Chelsea Financial Services (CRD #: 47770)
  • IFS Securities (CRD #: 40375)
  • Newport Coast Securities (CRD #: 16944)
  • P. Turner & Company (CRD #: 43177)
  • Brookstreet Securities Corporation (CRD #: 14667)
  • Wedbush Morgan Securities (CRD #: 877)
  • Prudential Securities Incorporation (CRD #: 7471)
  • Dean Witter Reynolds (CRD #: 7556)
  • Bateman Eichler, Hill, Richards, Incorporated (CRD #: 76)

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