FINRA has filed a complaint against broker Vito Balsamo alleging that Balsamo was “selling away” ownership interests in a limited liability company named V.W. Industries, LLC without getting prior written approval from his member firm. Selling away occurs when an investment professional sells or offers securities not held or offered by the brokerage firm with which he is affiliated. FINRA also accuses Balsamo of failing to provide testimony asked for by FINRA staff.
According to FINRA’s BrokerCheck records, customers have complained about Balsamo on at least four occasions; he has also been involved in two criminal matters, one regulatory action, and one judgment and lien throughout his career. Balsamo’s customers have accused Balsamo of a number of securities law violations, including selling unsuitable investments, unauthorized trading, breaching his fiduciary duty, making misrepresentations and false statements, and churning.
By industry standards, Balsamo has received a substantial number of complaints. Only roughly twelve percent of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records. Much fewer brokers have numerous customer complaints.
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