The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is accusing Winston Wade Turner, a former registered representative with Pruco Securities Inc. and MetLife Securities Inc., of misconduct related to the exchanges and sales of variable annuities. Turner allegedly persuaded clients to exchange certain investments, including variable annuities, which compelled them to surrender existing contracts to pay for the purchase of new variable annuities. In certain situations, this led to surrender charges for the client and additional commissions for Turner.
The regulator contends that Turner concealed the transactions’ unsuitable nature from brokerage firms and his clients. He allegedly did this by falsifying documents and misrepresenting how certain income features on the annuity contracts functioned. FINRA claims that Turner hid the nature of the VA transactions from his firm by managing to get around the additional documentation and supervisory examination mandated for the exchanges. He also sometimes would recommend clients put proceeds from the contract surrenders into their bank accounts first-as opposed to a direct annuity to annuity transfer-and then use those funds to purchase new variable annuities.
Turner is also accused of falsifying VA applications, documents related to VA exchanges, and customer information forms. He purportedly forged customer signatures and used his own e-mail address, misrepresenting it as customers’ addresses so that he received the account notifications instead of them.
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