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Robert Hoefel Terminated by Wells Fargo

Robert Hoefel (CRD #: 1508512) has been fired by Wells Fargo. This disclosure appears on his BrokerCheck record, accessed on October 9, 2023. Keep reading for more details. 

On August 3, 2023, Wells Fargo Clearing Services fired Robert Hoefel following allegations that he did not contact a client before authorizing a trade in their account. He also allegedly did not escalate the subsequent customer complaint. 

Unauthorized Trading Allegations 

Disputes from August 2023 allege that Gary Costello engaged in unauthorized trading. Unauthorized trading violates FINRA Rule 3260, which limits brokers to exercising their trading discretion in pre-approved discretionary accounts.

FINRA Rule 2010

FINRA Rule 2010 holds brokers to high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade. Unauthorized trading and failing to escalate a customer complaint both violate this rule. 

Background Information 

Robert Hoefel has passed the following exams: 

  • Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination 
  • Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination 
  • SIE – Securities Industry Essentials Examination 
  • Series 7 General Securities Representative Examination 
  • Series 22 Direct Participation Programs Representative Examination 
  • Series 6 Investment Company Products / Variable Contracts Representative Examination 

He has registered with five firms in his 37 years of experience: 

  • Wells Fargo Clearing Services (CRD #: 19616) 
  • Wells Fargo Investments (CRD #: 10582) 
  • Wamu Investments (CRD #: 599) 
  • Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD #: 7691) 
  • Waddell Reed (CRD #: 866) 

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