According to InvestmentNews, IFS Securities, a broker-dealer based in Atlanta, Georgia, may be facing at least $10M in losses after Keith Wakefield, the firm’s ex-municipal securities principal, allegedly executed unauthorized trades and shorted Treasury bonds. He was fired earlier in August 2019.
IFS Securities is owned by IFS Group Inc. The brokerage firm reportedly notified the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the significant losses it sustained due to the unauthorized securities transactions that reportedly did not involve any customer assets. IFS Group works with institutional investors.
Wakefield was with IFS Securities since 2011. His BrokerCheck record cites allegedly making fake trades and fraud as the reasons for his termination. With 19 years as a registered broker, Wakefield was previously with Cabrera Capital Markets, LaSalle Financial Services, and ABM Amro Inc.