June 19, 2015
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that between June 2009-November 2014, they failed to establish, maintain and enforce reasonable supervisory systems and written procedures regarding outgoing wire transfers and branch check disbursements from customer accounts. As a result, according to the AWC, three brokers in two different branch offices were able to convert a total of $494,400 from 13 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customers using fraudulent wire transfers and branch checks sent from the customer’s accounts to third party accounts.
A branch office in Paramus, New Jersey, and a branch office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida were named in the FINRA action.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney was censured and ordered to pay a fine of $650,000.
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