- August 28, 2023
- Wedbush Securities
Jonathan Way (CRD# 1126849) was a previously registered broker at Wedbush Securities Inc., in Napa, CA.
He entered the securities industry in 1983 and previously worked for Wedbush Securities, Inc.; Ryan, Beck & Co., LLC; Gruntal & Co LLC; Moors & Cabot, Inc.; Dakin Securities Corporation; Rodman & Renshaw Inc.; Smith Barney Inc.; Dean Witter Reynolds Inc.; Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated; L.F Rothchild & Co. Incorporated; and Dean Witter Reynolds 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 June 2023, without admitting or denying the findings, Jonathan Way consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he refused to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in connection with an investigation. The findings stated that this matter originated from FINRA’s review of a Form U5 filed by Jonathan Way’s member firm, that stated that he was permitted to resign while under internal review for potential sales practice violations. Johnathan Way responded to FINRA’s initial request, however, he ultimately refused to produce the information and documents requested. Accordingly, Jonathan Way was barred indefinitely.
To view the full disciplinary action, click here.
In addition, Jonathan Way has been the subject of five other disclosures, which include the following:
- December 2022—“Allegations consist of excessive, unauthorized, and unsuitable trading.” The customer dispute is still pending. The damage amount requested is $1,000,000.
- May 1999— “Ohio Division of Securities ordered a sanction denying Securities Salesman License Application.” Allegations state “not of good business repute.”
- October 1995—“UNSUITABLE TRANSACTION,UNAUTHORIZED TRADES, FAILURE TO PROVIDE A PROSPECTUS TO CLIENT. CUSTOMER SOUGH $150,000 FROM DEAN WITTER AND $250,000 FROM SMITH BARNEY. (CUSTOMER ALLEGED THAT ALTHOUGH HER ACCOUNT WAS PROFITABLE, THE PROFITS SHOULD HAVE EARNED A 25% RATE OF RETURN OVER ONE YEAR. SHE CLAIMED DAMAGES OF $298,458.” The damage amount requested was $150,000, and the customer dispute was settled for $85,000.
- October 1995—” Permitted to Resign from SMITH BARNEY INC.”
- June 1989— “CUSTOMER CLAIMED THAT HE SUSTAINED LOSSES FROM THE PURCHASE OF LF ROTHSCHILD DEBENTURES AND COMMON STOCK.” Customer dispute settled for $75,000.
For a copy of Jonathan Way’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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