The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority barred a broker after he failed to provide documents, information and testimony that FINRA requested during an investigation into his financial disclosures, according to FINRA.
James D’Meo signed a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent Nov. 21 in which, without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, he agreed to be barred from association with any FINRA member firm in any capacity. FINRA accepted the letter Thursday.
D’Meo was previously suspended by FINRA from May 20, 2019, to June 27, 2019, after failing to respond to a FINRA request for information, according to his profile at FINRA’s BrokerCheck website.
Through his actions, the broker had violated FINRA Rule 8210 for failure to cooperate with its requests for information and to testify and Rule 2010, which requires observance of “high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.”
After registering with FINRA member Kenneth Jerome & Co., an independent brokerage firm in Florham Park, New Jersey, in June 2013, he was associated with them for five years, according to his profile at FINRA’s BrokerCheck website.
But the firm filed a Form U5 Dec. 26, 2018, terminating D’Meo’s registration, citing his undisclosed “personal financial problems” that were “inconsistent” with Kenneth Jerome’s “mission” and standards, according to the FINRA letter. D’Meo failed to “disclose reportable personal financial events as discovered by FINRA in a search of public records,” according to BrokerCheck.
There are 17 disclosures on D’Meo’s BrokerCheck profile, starting in 2002, when a customer claimed the broker “misrepresented material facts related to mutual funds the customer purchased through” D’Meo, according to the site.
At the time, D’Meo was registered with Montpelier, Vermont-based FINRA member Equity Services, which he registered with in 1997 and remained until 2013, when he shifted to Kenneth Jerome.