- June 14, 2022
- PFS Investments
Steven Hirata (CRD#: 1188927) is a previously registered Broker.
He entered the securities industry in 1984 and previously worked for PFS Investments, Inc.
Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in May 2022, FINRA sanctioned Steven Hirata, barring him permanently from all capacities beginning May 31, 2022. The FINRA sanction states, “Without admitting or denying the findings, Hirata consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he failed to provide information and documents requested by FINRA in connection with an investigation into whether he participated in an undisclosed private securities transaction.”
For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click here.
In addition, Steven Hirata has been the subject of one additional disclosure, including the following:
- September 2021 — “REPRESENTATIVE ADMITTED TO PARTICIPATING IN A PRIVATE SECURITIES TRANSACTION WITHOUT NOTIFYING THE FIRM.” Steven Hirata was discharged by PFS Investments, Inc.
For a copy of Steven Hirata’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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