- July 31, 2023
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
James F. Garraway (CRD#: 7132872) is a previously registered Broker and an Investment Adviser.
He entered the securities industry in 2019 and previously worked for Thrivent Investment Management, Inc.
Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in July 2023, FINRA sanctioned James F. Garraway with a civil/administrative fine of $5,000 and suspension from all capacities for six months beginning August 7, 2023 and ending February 6, 2024. The FINRA sanction states, “Without admitting or denying the findings, Garraway consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he electronically signed customer names on approximately 101 forms associated with insurance and securities products without customer permission and signed a document for a customer with the customer’s permission. The findings stated that although the majority of the forms pertained to insurance products, some of the forms involved securities products and accordingly were required books and records of the firm. As a result, by forging and/or falsifying customer signatures, Garraway caused his member firm to maintain inaccurate books and records.”
For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click here.
In addition, James F. Garraway has been the subject of two customer complaints, including the following:
- July 2023 — Between September 2020 and November 2021, Garraway electronically signed customer names on approximately 101 forms associated with insurance and securities products without customer permission. He also signed one document for a customer with the customer’s permission. Therefore, he violated FINRA Rule 2010. His actions also caused firm records to be inaccurate. Therefore, Garraway also violated FINRA Rules 4511 and 2010.” James F. Garraway was sanctioned with a civil/administrative fine of $5,000 and suspended from all capacities for six months beginning July 18, 2023 and ending January 18, 2024. For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click here.
- December 2021 — “Garraway’s association with the Firm was terminated due to his failure to collect authentic client electronic signatures on certain client documents.” James F. Garraway was discharged by Thrivent Investment Management, Inc.
For a copy of James F. Garraway’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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