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Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. Broker, William Winchester, Fined By The Tennessee Securities Division Following Allegations

William Winchester (CRD # 4404327 is a Financial Advisor at Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc., in Chattanooga, TN. William Winchester has been in the securities industry since 2001 and previously worked at Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc, LPL Financial LLC, and Suntrust Investment Services, Inc.

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in June 2020, William Winchester was fined $45,000 by the Tennessee Securities Division following allegations that Mr. Winchester “engaged in dishonest and unethical practices by failing to disclose to his firm, three loans with three different clients either initially or through annual compliance questionnaires.”

In February 2020, William Winchester was discharged from Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. According to publicly available records released by FINRA Mr. Winchester “failed to disclose a business loan arrangement and two personal loan arrangements with separate clients, including a promissory note with a client related to Financial Advisor’s role as executor of the client’s father’s estate.”

In addition to the above, according to publicly available records released by FINRA, William Winchester had a customer complaint disclosure in April 2018 stating
“Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Negligence, Negligent Supervision, Suitability, Excessive Turnover, Breach of Contract, Negligent Hiring, Selling Away and Violations of FINRA Conduct Rules.” The matter settled for $7,500.

For a copy of William Winchester’s CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/4404327

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