FINRA has filed a complaint against a former UBS and Morgan Stanley financial advisor named John Waszolek. The basis of the complaint is FINRA's belief that Waszolek took advantage of an elderly client, with an Alzheimer's diagnosis, by having the client change her estate planning documents to include him as a beneficiary or recipient of $1.8 million. According to FINRA's complaint, Waszolek later admitted that his elderly client was not competent to change her estate planning documents.
Senator Jack Reed, D-R.I., has introduced a new bill in response to the Supreme Court's decision in Gabelli v. SEC. The bill proposes that the statute of limitations applicable to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions be lengthened from five years to ten years. In Gabelli v. SEC, the financial advisor avoided liability because the SEC did not file a case in a timely matter. Sen. Reed wants to extend the statute of limitations to help protect investors and to provide regulators, such as the SEC, with the adequate resources to fight investment fraud.