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Former MML Investors Services Broker Hector Flores Suspended by FINRA

Hector Flores (CRD#: 6637802) is a previously registered Broker.

Broker’s Background

He entered the securities industry in 2017 and previously worked for MML Investors Services, LLC; and NYLife Securities, LLC.

Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in February 2022, Hector Flores was suspended by FINRA from acting in all capacities indefinitely, until required information is provided to FINRA or the suspension converts to a bar. The FINRA allegation states, “Respondent Flores failed to respond to FINRA requests for information.” In addition, the regulatory action states, “Pursuant to FINRA Rule 9552 and in accordance with FINRA’s Notice of Suspension letter dated February 11, 2022, Flores is suspended on March 7, 2022, from associating with any FINRA member firm in all capacities. If Flores fails to request termination of the suspension within three months of the date of the Notice of Suspension, he will automatically be barred on May 16, 2022 from association with any FINRA member in all capacities pursuant to FINRA Rule 9552(h).”

In addition, Hector Flores has been the subject of nine disclosures, including one that remains pending, including the following:

  • November 2021 — “It is alleged that in or around January 2020, the complainant signed paperwork with the rep to make investments in mutual funds and life insurance, making two deposits into an account as instructed by the rep, in order to fund these accounts. The complainant alleges that she later learned that the mutual fund account didn’t exist, the life insurance policies had lapsed for non-payment and the rep had kept the money. The complainant alleges that the rep didn’t apply her money as promised and she was defrauded.” The customer dispute is pending. Damages of $750,000 are requested.
  • March 2021 — “Customer alleges the Survivorship Variable Universal Life insurance policy he purchased in June 2018 was intended to benefit his son upon the customer’s passing; however the policy was not established in this manner and therefore would not benefit his son.” The customer dispute was settled for $12,000.
  • December 2020 — “Registered Representative was permitted to resign while under internal review for undisclosed outside business activities.” Hector Flores resigned from MML Investors Services, LLC.
  • August 2018 — A civil judgment/lien in the amount of $1,420 was levied against Hector Flores.
  • September 2009 — “THEFT PROP>$20< $500 BY CHECK – CHECK #3390- $21.29.” Criminal charges against Hector Flores were dismissed.
  • August 2009 — “THEFT PROP>$20 < $500 BY CHECK – CHECK #3386 – $24.96.” Hector Flores was convicted of criminal charges.
  • November 2007 — “THEFT BY CHECK-$59.24 (CHECK #3467).” Criminal charges against Hector Flores were dismissed.
  • April 2002 — “THEFT OF SERVICES $20< $500.” Hector Flores pleaded guilty.
  • April 2005 — A civil judgment/lien in the amount of $1,437.00 was levied against Hector Flores.

For a copy of Hector Flores’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.

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