Former financial advisor Thomas Alan Meier (CRD# 1146044), who was most recently affiliated with Morgan Stanley (CRD# 149777), has voluntarily consented to a bar from the securities industry pursuant to a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver & Consent (“AWC”) accepted by FINRA Enforcement on March 19, 2018. Without admitting or denying any wrongdoing, the Miami, FL based broker consented to the industry bar following FINRA’s investigation and findings concerning allegations of, inter alia, unauthorized trading, unsuitable investments, and overconcentration in energy sector investments.
Mr. Meier’s career in the securities industry dates back to the early 1980’s, including stints at Merrill Lynch, now defunct Thomson McKinnon, Prudential Securities, Citigroup — and most recently, Morgan Stanley — from June 2009 – April 2016. According to a previously filed Form U5 notice, Mr. Meier resigned from Morgan Stanley in 2016 while “under internal review.”
Pursuant to the AWC, FINRA Enforcement alleged that between July 2012 and March 2016, Mr. Meier made nearly 1,300 stock trades in six customer accounts without permission, yielding Mr. Meier commissions of about $265,000. Further, FINRA has alleged that these trades cost customers approximately $818,000, as well as more than $2 million in unrealized paper losses.