Former Cetera Advisors Broker, Roger Owens, Suspended Twelve Months By FINRA Over Allegations He Engaged In Private Securities Transactions Involving A Real Estate Investment Fund
Roger Owens (CRD # 2359204) was a Financial Advisor at Ceterea Advisors LLC in Elkton, MD. Roger Owens has been in the securities industry since since 1993 and previously worked at Legacy Financial Services, Inc., UVest Financial Services Group, Inc., Fortis Investors, Inc. and Banner Financial Services Group.
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in August 2019, FINRA sanctioned Roger Owens, suspending him for a period of twelve months, fining him $10,000, and ordering disgorgement of $59,471. The FINRA sanction was based on allegations that Roger Owens engaged in undisclosed private securities transactions.
Specifically, the FINRA sanction provided, “Owens solicited investors to purchase promissory notes to investors, four of whom were firm customers. Owens received $59,471 in commissions in connection with these transactions. Later, the fund filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.” The findings also stated that “Owens falsely attested in compliance questionhnaires that he had not engaged in any private securities transactions without receiving prior written approval from his firm.”
For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click https://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/fda_documents/2018058354501%20Roger%20L.%20Owens%20CRD%202359204%20AWC%20va%20%20%282019-1568420377448%29.pdf.
Roger Owens was discharged from Cetera in connection with these allegations.
In addition to the FINRA sanction, Roger Owens has three pending and one settled customer complaints disclosed on his CRD, alleging sales practice violations, including:
• December 2019 – “Violations of Federal Securities Laws, Violations of Maryland’s Securities Act and Consumer Protection Act, Breach of Contract, Common Law Fraud, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, and Negligence.” Alleged damages are $100,000 and the matter is currently pending.
• December 2019 – “Violations of Federal Securities Laws, Violations of Maryland’s Securities Act and Consumer Protection Act, Breach of Contract, Common Law Fraud, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, and Negligence.” Alleged damages are $150,000 and the matter is currently pending.
• December 2019 – “Violations of federal Delaware, and Maryland securities laws, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence.” Alleged damages are $125,000 and the matter is currently pending.
• April 2018 – “Violation of Federal and State Securities Laws, Breach of Contract and Fiduciary Duty, Common Law Fraud, and Negligence.” The matter settled for $45,000.
For a copy of Robert Spiegel’s CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/2359204#disclosuresSection.
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