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INVESTOR ALERT—Raymond James Financial Advisor, William Council, Has Three Pending Customer Complaints

William Council is a Financial Advisor at Raymond James in its San Diego, California branch office.  William Council has been in the securities industry since 1978 and previously worked at D.A. Davidson & Co. And Crowell Weedon & Co.

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), William Council has three pending customer complaints disclosed on his CRD, alleging sales practice violations:

  • February 2019—“The client alleged FA recommended unsuitable securities.”  The alleged damages are $334,000 and the matter remains pending.
  • December 2018—”Unsuitable Investment Recommendations, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Negligent Misrepresentation, Negligence, Breach of Contract.”  Alleged damages are $105,000 and the matter remains pending. 
  • December 2018—”Suitability, Breach of the Duty of Fair Dealing, Breach of Duty to Observe High Standards of Commercial Honor,Violation of Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act.’  Alleged damages are $50,000 and the matter remains pending. 

In addition to the customer complaints, William Council has disclosed eight judgment/tax liens, which may be an indication of financial irresponsibility. 

For a copy of the William Council’s CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/848504#disclosuresSection

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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