Former Commonwealth Financial Network Broker, Gerald Eaton, Barred By FINRA For Allegedly Fraudulently Distributing Money From Client Accounts
Gerald Eaton (CRD # 2279093 was a former Financial Advisor at Commonwealth Financial Network in Acton, MA. Gerald Eaton previously worked at John Hancock Distributors.
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), on October 28, 2019, Gerald Eaton was discharged by Commonwealth Financial Network for allegedly engaging in “forgery, wrongful taking of property.” This conduct prompted FINRA to initiate an investigation, which culminated in Gerald Eaton being barred from the securities industry. In the FINRA sanction, barring Gerald Eaton, FINRA stated:
“Eaton consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he failed to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in connection with its investigation that began after learning of the conduct disclosed in a Form U5. The findings stated that in the Form U5, Eaton’s member firm stated that the reason for the termination was that he fraudulently facilitated distributions from clients’ accounts without their knowledge or consent or for their benefit.”
For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click https://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/fda_documents/2019064468601%20Gerald%20A.%20Eaton%20CRD%202279093%20AWC%20va.pdf
For a copy of Gerald Eaton’s CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/2279093#disclosuresSection.
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