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Wastebasket Filled with Crumpled Dollar BillsAs recently reported, Brandon Curt Stimpson (CRD# 4299623) has been discharged from employment with broker-dealer Allegis Investment Services, LLC (CRD# 168577, hereinafter referred to as “Allegis”).  According to FINRA BrokerCheck, Mr. Simpson’s affiliation with Allegis was terminated on or about December 13, 2017, in connection with allegations that he “[f]ailed to follow firm policies and code of ethics.”

While BrokerCheck does not provide any further information as to Mr. Stimpson’s purported misconduct, a recently reported FINRA customer award appears to shed some light on the issue.  Specifically, on or about March 6, 2018, a panel of FINRA arbitrators issued an award against Allegis and Mr. Stimpson in the amount of $404,182 (the “Award”).  The Award consists of $287,350 in compensatory damages, $53,730 in pre-judgment interest, reimbursement of $20,000 in fees and costs (including expert witness fees), as well as attorneys’ fees in the amount of $60,000 pursuant to Utah case law and statute.

This Award — which holds Allegis and Respondent Brandon Stimpson jointly and severally liable — was rendered following nine hearing sessions in February 2018.  The causes of action raised by Claimant included unsuitability, unauthorized trading, failure to supervise and breach of fiduciary duty, in connection with “[t]he buying and selling of unspecified put options tied to the performance of the Russell 2000 Index.”  According to Claimant’s attorney, Mr. Stimpson allegedly invested more than 25% of Claimant’s portfolio in index options.

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