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Former Lion Street Financial Broker, Chad Mackland, Barred by FINRA After Allegations He Failed to Disclose Pending Criminal Charges

Chad Mackland (CRD#: 4933804) was a dually registered Broker and Investment Advisor at Lion Street Financial, LLC in Council Bluff, IA. He entered the securities industry in 2005 and previously worked for MML Investors Services, LLC; and Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC.

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in March 2021, FINRA sanctioned Chad Mackland, barring him from affiliating with any member firm in all capacities, indefinitely, beginning on March 23, 2021. The FINRA sanction states, “Without admitting or denying the findings, Mackland 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 of an amended Form U5 filed for Mackland, that disclosed that criminal felony charges were pending against him for, among other things, theft and fraudulent sales practices.”

For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click here.

In addition, Chad Mackland has been the subject of one additional customer complaint, including one that remain pending, including the following:

● August 2020–”Commit Fraudulent Sales Practices, Theft, or fraudulent practice, an act for financial gain on a continuing basis, that is punishable as an indictable offense.” The final disposition of these criminal charges included a plea agreement. The following charges were dismissed::
○ “Fraudulent Sales Practices under $10,000.”
○ “Theft in the First Degree by deception.”
○ “Fraudulent Sales Practices over $10,000.”
● April 2020–”The Firm received a FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitration alleging the representative churned the customer’s accounts, recommended unsuitable transactions, made fraudulent, false, and misleading representations, communications, and transactions and breached his fiduciary duties.” The customer dispute is pending, and damages of $2.8M are requested.
● September 2018–”Terminated in connection with misrepresentations to customers related to traditional life insurance policies.” Chad Mackland was discharged from MassMutual.
● August 2016–”Registered representative resigned while under internal review for questions relating to his sales practices. The investigation is on-going.” Chad Mackland voluntarily resigned from Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC.

For a copy of Chad Mackland’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.

Excessive trading often occurs when a Financial Advisor puts his or her interests ahead of the clients and makes transactions solely for the purpose of generating commissions. Financial Advisors have a regulatory duty to recommend suitable investment strategies. One of the components of the suitability analysis is quantitative suitability.

Quantitative suitability requires a brokerage firm or financial advisor with actual or de facto control over a customer’s account to have a reasonable basis for believing that a series of recommended transactions – even if suitable when viewed in isolation – is not excessive and unsuitable for the customer when taken together in light of the customer’s investment profile. No single test defines excessive activity, but factors such as the turnover rate, the cost-equity ratio, and the use of in-and-out trading in a customer’s account may provide a basis for a finding that a member or associated person has violated the quantitative suitability obligation. 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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