Wells Fargo Advisors Ordered to Pay
A FINRA arbitration panel has ordered Wells Fargo Advisors to pay a former client more than $262,000 for failing to promptly liquidate his brokerage account, according to a recent FINRA filing.
Jeffrey Ball, a Los Angeles psychologist, allegedly gave the firm written instructions to close the account because he had decided to transfer the assets to a new adviser at another broker-dealer, according to the filing.
The account allegedly consisted of highly liquid mutual funds totaling more than $3 million.
Rather than liquidate the account, the firm sent Ball’s liquidation instructions to India, a process which took six days, and then were rejected because the Indian representative and the instructions “bounced around” for more than a month before his client’s request was finally honored, according to FINRA report.
In the meantime, the value of the client’s account dropped by almost $75,000, an amount Ball and Wells Fargo stipulated in arbitration documents.
In FINRA’s filing, the panel criticized the firm’s procedures to process a liquidation request, saying they were “seriously flawed and should be improved.”
The panel held the firm liable for almost $75,000 in compensatory damages and more than $187,000 in punitive damages.
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