- April 3, 2020
- Western International Securities
John Rosas Jaramillo (CRD # 2659263) was a Financial Advisor at Western International Securities, Inc. in Westlake Village, CA. John Jaramillo has been in the securities industry since 1996 and previously worked for Financial West Group and PFS Investments, Inc. John Jaramillo is not currently registered as a broker.
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), on March 5, 2020, Western International Securities, Inc. “discharged” John Jaramillo for selling a “non-approved product.”
For a copy of John Jaramillo’s CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/2659263
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