Ronald Scott Bright, Formerly of Edward Jones, Suspended by FINRA Following Allegations of Unauthorized Transactions

INVESTORS: Former Edward Jones broker Ronald Scott Bright was suspended by FINRA for 15 days following allegations that he exercised discretion in customer accounts without written authorization.

Ronald Scott Bright (CRD#:2702179) was registered as a broker with Edward Jones from 1999 until 2020. Bright is currently registered as a broker and investment adviser with Ameriprise Financial, where he has been employed since April 2020.

Bright has three disclosures on his BrokerCheck report.

February 2022 Regulatory Judgment

Status: Final

Initiated By: FINRA

Allegations: Without admitting or denying the findings, Bright consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he exercised discretion without written authorization when executing transactions for customer accounts in connection with switching certain of the customers’ assets between mutual fund families. The findings stated that Bright made these transactions based on communications with his customers that occurred three or more days before he placed the trades. Although Bright discussed the mutual fund switching strategy with the customers, he did not speak with the customers about the specific trades on the dates of the transactions. In addition, Bright’s member firm had not approved any of these accounts for discretionary trading.

Resolution: Acceptance, Waiver & Consent (AWC)

Sanctions: Civil and Administrative Penalty(ies)/Fine(s)

Amount: $5,000.00

Sanctions: Suspension

Registration Capacities Affected: All Capacities

Duration: 15 business days

Start Date: 3/7/2022

End Date: 3/25/2022

March 2020 Employment Separation After Allegations

Firm Name: Edward Jones

Termination Type: Discharged

Allegations: Registered representative admitted to not speaking with certain clients on the same day he made mutual fund exchanges in their accounts. Registered representative also did not meet obligations under the firm’s compliance policies.

February 2019 Customer Dispute

Status: Settled

Allegations: The client alleges the financial advisor did not disclose the 10% early IRA distribution penalty and did not recommend using a different account.

Damage Amount Requested: $8,900.00

Settlement Amount: $7,110.00

Broker Comment: After completion of the firm’s investigation, client’s claim was resolved in the amount of $7,900.00. Financial advisor contributed to the resolution in the amount of $790.00.

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