A financial planner from Eugene, Oregon, James Scott McKee, was barred from the industry after he failed to comply with an arbitration award.

FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, had alleged that McKee steered his clients to invest $372,000 in businesses which he had a financial interest. It also alleged that McKee used $652,215 in client’s money for his own benefit and recommended that a church invest $100,000 in a high-risk startup.

“It’s almost impossible to fight FINRA with the expense that it takes,” McKee said Thursday. “My license was not as important to solve as the other legal matters.”

An alleged criminal case is pending.

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