The following information was obtained on FINRA’s website’s ‘Disciplinary Actions, January 2012.”
Andrew James Aragona (CRD #1320844, Registered Representative, Deerfield Beach, Florida)
was named as a respondent in a FINRA complaint alleging that he recommended
variable annuity switches to an elderly customer who had a moderate risk tolerance
and a primary investment objective of capital appreciation.
The complaint alleges that Aragona recommended that the customer consolidate several annuities into one annuity because it purportedly offered revocable annuitization and permitted the customer to leave money to her heirs in a tax-efficient manner; the annuity was purchased for $1,185,229 and the customer incurred approximately $69,000 in surrender fees for which Aragona received $67,500 in commissions.
This complaint also alleges that less than a year later, Aragona recommended that the customer switch the annuity for another one because he believed it provided more flexibility in volatile market conditions and allowed investments in subaccounts; the annuity was purchased for $1,017,195 and the customer incurred approximately $61,000 in surrender fees for which Aragona received $56,000 in commissions.
This complaint further alleges that because the customer incurred a total of
approximately $130,000 in surrender fees in less than one year, the costs outweighed any purported benefits; therefore, the recommendations were not suitable for the customer.
(FINRA Case #2010023963301)
The information from FINRA’s website has ended.
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