FINRA Forces Wedbush To Pay Trader $3.5 Million In Back Commissions


Stephen Kelleher joined the firm as a muni trader in 2007 and claims he only received his incentive pay in three big lumps paid anywhere from 7 to 17 months apart.


And it wasn't even what the firm owed him. Apparently, his back compensation soared to $5 million by the time that, after repeated requests to get his money, he filed a FINRA complaint.


FINRA blames a bad employee contract and Wedbush's policy of having to get its notoriously cheap 78-year-old founder to approve all incentive payments to senior staff.


Wedbush is appealing the ruling.

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