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Alonza Barnett Jr. Barred by FINRA After Client Claims Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Alonza Barnett Jr., formerly a financial adviser in North Carolina with Ameritas Investment Corporation, has been barred by FINRA for failure to provide requested documents and failure to request termination of suspension.

According to FINRA, Barnett was barred from the securities industry after he failed to respond to the regulator’s requests for information relating to a customer complaint against him. The complaint alleged that Mr. Barnett converted customer funds and defrauded a customer for more than a decade.

According to Alonza Barnett’s FINRA report, the customer lodged the complaint against him in February of 2017. The customer alleged that the broker violated federal securities law as well as the North Carolina Investment Advisors Act. The customer alleges Barnett recommended unsuitable investments and provided misleading information about the types of investments being recommended or sold. Additionally, the customer claims that Barnett converted funds, committed constructive fraud, and breached his fiduciary duties. The customer alleges $1.75 million in damages.

Alonza Barnett Jr. was registered with Ameritas Investment Corporation and worked inGreensboro, N.C. from June 2010 until Dec. 2016.

From February of 2008 until June of 2010, Barnett was registered with Institutional Capital Management, Inc., also in Greensboro. He was registered with Scott & Stringfellow Inc. from September of 2002 until February of 2008.

Alonza Barnett also reports working for a number of other entities, including Dachtler Wealth Management also in Greensboro, N.C.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Financial advisers have a duty to put their client’s interests first and protect their investment accounts.

Fiduciary duties of financial advisers include:

  • Keeping their client informed
  • Monitoring the market to protect their clients from losses
  • Providing true and accurate advice about the risks involved in an investment
  • Prioritizing their client’s interests

When financial advisers do not exercise due care while handing their client’s investments, they are said to be in breach of their fiduciary duty that is owed to their client.

For example, a broker who fails to appropriately monitor client accounts to protect them from financial losses is in breach of fiduciary duty to their client. Further, if a reasonable and prudent broker would not offer an investment to a client, it would be a breach of fiduciary duty for a financial adviser to recommend that product.

If you or a loved one invested with Alonza Barnett Jr., contact the experienced investment fraud lawyers at Meyer Wilson.

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