William Wade Godfrey (CRD#:2447660) is a previously registered broker and investment advisor.
He entered the securities industry in 1994 and previously worked for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company; Fahnestock & Co., Inc.; Ameritas Investment Corp.; American General Financial Advisors, Inc.; Public Employees Equities Services Company; Ameritas Investment Corp.; Equitable Advisors, LLC; Thrivent Investment Management, Inc.
Allegations of Misconduct
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in December 2023, without admitting or denying the findings, Godfrey consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he refused to appear for on-the-record testimony requested by FINRA in connection with its investigation into a matter that originated after his member firm filed a Form U5 reporting that he was terminated as a result of submitting variable annuity applications with materially inaccurate information on exchange disclosure form(s). As a result, Godfrey was barred by FINRA indefinitely.
For a copy of the letter of acceptance, waiver, and consent, click here.
In addition, William Godfrey has been the subject of two other disclosures, which include the following:
- February 2022—“ Client concerned with the amount of surrender charges incurred with his transfer in July of 2021.” The customer dispute settled for $15,298.93.
- December 2021—“ Registered Representative was terminated as a result of submitting variable annuity applications with materially inaccurate information on exchange disclosure form(s).” – Thrivent Investment Management, Inc.
For a copy of William Godfrey’s FINRA Brokercheck, click here.
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