- September 20, 2023
- Investment Network, Inc.
Vincent Pucciarelli Jr. (CRD#: 2039846) is a previously registered broker.
He entered the securities industry in 1996 and previously worked for J.W Barclay & Co., Inc.; Platinum Equities, Inc.; American Investment Services, Inc. (FINRA expelled the firm); Empire Financial Group, Inc. (FINRA expelled the firm); Brookstone Securities, Inc. (FINRA expelled the firm); Colorado Financial Service Corporation; Edi Financial, Inc. (FINRA expelled the firm); and Investment Network, 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 21, 2023, in connection with an investigation into sales of “pre-IPO” private placement offerings, FINRA sent a request to Pucciarelli pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210 for on-the-record testimony. As stated by Pucciarelli in an email to FINRA on July 21, 2023, and by this agreement, Pucciarelli acknowledges that he received FINRA’s request and will not appear for on-the-record testimony at any time. By refusing to appear for on the-record testimony as requested pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210, Pucciarelli violated FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010. Accordingly, FINRA sanctioned Pucciarelli with a permanent bar from associating with any FINRA member in all capacities.
For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click here.
In addition, Vincent Pucciarelli has the been subject of several other disclosures, which include the following:
- August 2023—“Without admitting or denying the findings, Pucciarelli consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he refused to provide on-the-record testimony requested by FINRA in connection with an investigation into sales of pre-initial public offer (IPO) private placement offerings.” As a result, Investment Network, Inc. discharged him.
- November 2012—”Civil Judgment/Lien in the amount of $2,373.50.”
- November 2009—“Civil Judgment/Lien in the amount of $796.47.”
For a copy of Vincent Pucciarelli’s BrokerCheck, click here.
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