David Wilkie (CRD# 467130) was terminated from his employment with Voya Financial Advisors (“Voya”) and has been fined and suspended from working as a financial advisor for six months. His suspension results from his contributions to a customer’s life insurance policy and his being named a beneficiary of that policy.
National investment fraud lawyers KlaymanToskes are investigating (“David Wilkie Voya Investigation”) former Voya financial advisor David Wilkie in light of his recent termination from the securities industry.
Voya’s procedures prohibited Wilkie from being named as a beneficiary on any customer policy without prior written approval from Voya. Although he was aware of this procedure, Wilkie entered into an agreement with a Voya life insurance customer. They agreed that Wilkie would pay for 60% of the customer’s insurance policy in exchange for an equal percentage of the life insurance policy’s death benefit. The customer named Wilkie as a 60% beneficiary of the policy and Wilkie paid his portion of the premiums. For over 8 years, Wilkie failed to disclose his beneficiary status to Voya. Then, Wilkie had the customer remove Wilkie as the 60% beneficiary and name Wilkie’s son instead in an effort to continue hiding his status as a beneficiary.
When the life insurance customer died in 2021, the insurance company paid Wilkie’s son a $125,000 death benefit. Wilkie’s son then gave the funds to Wilkie.
David Wilkie was terminated by Voya over allegations that he contributed to a customer’s life insurance policy and failed to disclose and receive Voya ‘s approval of his beneficiary status of that same customer’s life insurance policy.
On March 22, 2021, Voya filed a Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration form, otherwise known as a Form U5 (“U5”). The Form U5 filing is required to be filed with FINRA within 30 days of the termination of an employee’s leaving a brokerage firm.
The Form U5 informed FINRA that David Wilkie was terminated by Voya. The U5 stated that David Wilkie was terminated for firm violations. Specifically, the U5 stated that Wilkie was fired due to his contributions to a customer’s life insurance policy premium payments and for being a named beneficiary of that policy.
When the U5 was filed, it triggered an investigation by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”).
FINRA Rule 2010 mandates that member firms and their associated persons must “observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.”
Thus, by bypassing his firm’s policies that require the disclosure and approval of his beneficiary status, David Wilkie violated FINRA Rule 2010.
FINRA sanctioned David Wilkie. He has received a six-month suspension from associating with any FINRA member in all capacities and a $10,000 fine.
Former customers of David Wilkie who have experienced investment losses over $100,000, and those who have information relating to the manner in which David Wilkie handled customer accounts, are encouraged to contact Lawrence L. Klayman, Esq., at 1-866-460-4819, and download our Special Investor Report.
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