FINRA Sanctioned Broker, Jerry M. Wells, For Allegedly Misrepresenting Variable Annuities
Jerry Michael Wells (CRD # 1015358) is a Financial Advisor at SagePoint Financial, Inc. in Rochester, NY. Jerry Wells has been in the securities industry since 1982 and previously worked at MetLife Securities, Inc., Pruco Securities Corporation, Prudential Insurance Company of America, and Brent Capital Corp.
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), on December 4, 2019, FINRA sanctioned Jerry Wells for allegedly “falsely represent[ing] that variable annuities purchases were not variable annuities replacements.”
Jerry Wells was fined $5,000 and suspended for two months.
For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click https://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/fda_documents/2016050018101%20Jerry%20M.%20Wells%20CRD%201015358%20AWC%20jg.pdf
In addition, Jerry Wells has been the subject of four customer complaints, including the following:
• May 2017 – “The customer alleged the advisor misrepresented the variable life insurance purchased in April 1998.” The matter settled for $15,280.42.
• April 2008 – “CUSTOMER ALLEGES THE VARIABLE ANNUITY PURCHASED IN DECEMBER 2007 MAY NOT HAVE BEEN IN HER BEST INTEREST DUE TO THE SEVEN YEAR SURRENDER CHARGE PERIOD.” The matter settled for $7,860.62.
Jerry Wells was “discharged” from MetLife in April 2016 for failing to disclose “required information on new business applications and did not follow firm policy with respect to customer signatures on account documents.”
For a copy of Jerry Wells’s CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/1015358#disclosuresSection
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