Former Farmers Financial, LLC Advisor, Narinder Singh, Barred By FINRA For Allegedly Investing Customer Funds In Fraudulent Investment
Narinder Singh (CRD # 3100308) was a Financial Advisor at Farmers Financial, LLC in Sacramento, CA. Narinder Singh has been in the securities industry since 1998 and previously worked at Proequites, Inc., Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc., Oneamerica Securities, Inc., and Foresters Equity Services, Inc.
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), on August 28, 2020, Narinder Singh was barred by FINRA. According to the FINRA sanction:
“Without admitting or denying the findings, Singh consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that she refused to provide on-the-record testimony requested by FINRA during the course of an investigation that began after it received a customer statement of claim disclosed in an amended Form U5 filed by her former member firms. The findings stated that the firms’ Form U5 amendments disclosed a pending arbitration filed by the customer alleging that Singh had invested the customer funds into a fraudulent investment. Although Singh initially cooperated with FINRA’s investigation, she ultimately ceased doing so.”
For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click https://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/fda_documents/2019063861501%20Narinder%20Kaur%20Singh%20CRD%203100308%20AWC%20sl.pdf
In addition, Narinder Singh has been the subject of four customer complaint disclosures, alleging sales practice misconduct. Among the complaints allege the following:
• April 2020—”Claimant alleges that the representative solicited her to invest in an investment contract away from the firm.” The matter settled for $45,357.28.
• April 2020—”Claimant alleges that the representative solicited him to invest in an investment contract away from the firm.” The matter settled for $29,642.72.
• December 2019—”CLAIMANT ALLEGES THAT THE REPRESENTATIVE SOLICITED HIM TO INVEST $50,000 IN AN INVESTMENT CONTRACT THAT GUARANTEED HIM 5% INTEREST FOR 6 MONTHS. CLAIMANT ALLEGES HE WROTE CHECK TO A COMPANY CONTROLLED BY THE REPRESENTATIVE.” The matter settled for $7,000.
• September 2019—”Claimants allege Singh induced them to invest $412,500 into an investment contracts with a company Singh controlled (Express Asset and Wealth Management, Inc.). Claimants allege first investment of $300,000 on or about Jan. 30, 2015 and second investment of $112,500 on or about Jan. 9, 2017.” Alleged damages are $1,237,500.00 and the matter remains pending.
For a copy of Narinder Singh’s CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/3100308#disclosuresSection
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