Michael “Mike” Smith of Financial Telesis has been suspended for failure to disclose numerous federal tax liens filed against him. Stockbrokers are required to report several categories of important information—including tax liens—to their regulator, FINRA. FINRA then makes this information available to the investing public through a service called BrokerCheck. An investor who is considering selecting a stockbroker might want to know whether the broker has tax deficiencies. An investor might reasonably question that broker’s financial sophistication, or wonder whether that broker would feel extra pressure to generate commissions. According to FINRA, Mr. Smith willfully withheld this information.
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