According to a FINRA Disciplinary Announcement, Ricky Eugene Bell (CRD #2065556, Fayetteville, North Carolina) was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity and ordered to pay a total of $19,650, plus interest, in restitution to customers. The sanctions were based on findings that Bell engaged in private securities transactions through a lending program without providing notice to, or receiving approval from, his member firm.
The findings stated that Bell solicited and received personal loans totaling $19,650 from customers without requesting or receiving his firm’s approval to solicit or receive the loans. The firm notified Bell of its policies and procedures against borrowing from customers. The findings also stated that Bell failed to respond to FINRA requests for information and documents and to provide on-the-record testimony.
For the full FINRA case, see FINRA Case #2013039439301.
According to this FINRA Broker Report, Bell was employed by Morgan Keegan from August 2005 through May 2012 and Cape Fear Securities from June 2012 through December 2013.
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