Kerry Dean Wills, a former stockbroker with First Western Securities under suspension by the company, is facing charges of unethical borrowing from an older customer. Investors using the services of First Western Securities who may have suffered losses while being represented by Kerry Dean Wills can get in touch with Haslkorn & Thibaut (InvestmentFraudLawyers.com).
Kerry Dean Wills has been suspended by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and faces a ten thousand dollar fine for alleged elder investment fraud. He had been registered with First Western Securities since 2009.
Wills allegedly perpetrated the fraud on an elderly investor, aged 90, by borrowing $150k. According to the Self Regulatory Organization (SRO), Wills’ conduct was in violation of both First Western Securities rules and FINRA’s regulations.
Wills diverted those funds to pay for litigation expenses and also did not inform his employer about the loan. The terms of the loan included a 2% annual interest rate over a 10-year term. The conditions were agreed upon via a promissory note.
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Wills made one payment according to the terms of the loan, but the elderly lender died before the check could be cashed.
Wills also failed to make the necessary disclosures to First Western Securities about the gifts he received from the aged lender. These included luxury travel in the form of cruises and airfare. These are valued at $19,500.
Kerry Dean Wills has been in the industry for more than three decades, and his past employers include Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, and Citigroup. Although suspended, Wills is still a securities broker with First Western Securities.
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