Broker Edward Beyn collected more than $1.7 million in commissions and fees by excessively trading his clients' accounts while registered at Craig Scott Capital, according to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc.'s Department of Enforcement.
Mr. Beyn churned nine accounts of six customers, all over the age of 60, from March 2012 through May 2015, profiting as he violated securities rules, Finra's Department of Enforcement alleged in a complaint filed Wednesday. His short-term trading strategy involved quickly turning over the accounts to generate “outsize commissions for himself” and Craig Scott Capital, according to the complaint.
The customers ranged in age from 61 to 72 when their accounts were opened with Mr. Beyn, and included business owners involved in construction, welding equipment and airline parts, according to the complaint. All suffered net losses.
“He relied heavy on buying and selling equities of companies releasing their earnings reports as a catalyst for excessively trading,” the complaint says.
Mr. Beyn is now registered with Rothschild Lieberman in Syosset, N.Y., according to Finra's BrokerCheck. Mr. Beyn didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment on Finra's allegations.
Rothschild Lieberman, founded in 1981, is based in New York and has an office in Greenwich, Conn., according to its website. My Beyn has been registered with the firm since September.
Craig Scott Taddonio, the founder and CEO of Uniondale, N.Y.-based Craig Scott Capital, didn't return phone calls seeking comment about Finra's complaint against Mr. Beyn.