Former Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Advisor, Nico Sharp, Is The Subject Of A FINRA Investigation And $1 Million Customer Dispute
Nico Sharp (CRD # 5988268) was a Financial Advisor at Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. in Tuston, CA. Nico Sharp was in the securities industry from 2012 to 2018. Nico Sharp’s employment history includes J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, TD Ameritrade, Inc., PNC Investments, and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Nico Sharp has a recent customer complaint alleging sales practice misconduct between June 2017 and May 2018.
• June 2020—”Claimant alleges that between June 2017 and May 2018, financial advisor Nico Raphael Sharp invested over $1 million on behalf of the Trust in Chronos Capital Partners, LLC, a company Mr. Sharp co-founded, without disclosing his connection to the company. Claimant further alleges unsuitability, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty against Mr. Sharp, who left the employ of CGMI on April 25, 2018, in connection with investment in Chronos.” Alleged damages are $1,000,000.00 and the matter remains pending.
On June 8, 2020 FINRA initiated and investigation regarding Nico Sharp’s above customer complaint: “Pending Customer Dispute. Allegations of unsuitability, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty for services during the period between June 2017 and May 2018. FINRA arbitration claim filed case # 20-01713. Arbitration pending.”
For a copy of Nico Sharp’s CRD, click here
FINRA strictly prohibits financial advisors from “selling away” or selling securities and investments to clients that are not offered by the brokerage firm with which they are employed. For example, it is illegal and a violation of industry rules for a financial advisor to recommend or even suggest that a client invest in the financial advisor’s own business or a business operated by his or her friends or family. It is not necessary that the financial advisor earn any compensation for recommending an outside investment.
The purpose behind this prohibition is to ensure that a financial advisor only offers to sell securities that have been vetted by his or her employer brokerage firm through a rigorous due diligence process. Most brokerage firms have an approved list of investments, products, and research that can be provided or made available to clients. Any deviation by the financial advisor from the approved product list may constitute selling away.
Financial advisors have a legal and regulatory obligation to recommend only suitable investments that are appropriate for their clients’ needs and objectives. Their employing brokerage firm has a legal and regulatory obligation to supervise the Financial Advisors’ sales practices and dealings with clients. To the extent any of these duties are breached, the customer may be entitled to a recovery of his or her investment losses.
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