FINRA Fines, Suspends Ex-Securities America Rep Who Impersonated Dead Client

FINRA Fines, Suspends Broker Who Hid Felony Charges

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority suspended a former rep and broker for Securities America from associating with any FINRA member in all capacities for 30 days and fined her $5,000 for impersonating a deceased relative who was an ex-client of the Advisor Group firm on a phone call with the BD.

Without admitting or denying the regulator’s findings, Kimberly E. Nuessmann signed a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent on Dec. 14 in which she consented to the imposition of FINRA’s sanctions.

Kevin M. McGee, senior counsel for the FINRA Department of Enforcement, signed the letter on Dec. 21.

In 2011, Nuessmann became a registered representative and broker for Securities America, according to her report on FINRA’s BrokerCheck website.

On Jan. 3, 2022, Securities America filed a Form U5 Uniform Termination Notice stating that Nuessmann was terminated Dec. 17, 2021, for “[f]ailure to disclose accurate information regarding a relative who was a client during an operational inquiry from the home office.”

The incident happened earlier in December 2021 and represented a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (governing standards of commercial honor and principles of trade), according to FINRA.

Advisor Group didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.