If you were one of the investors of Arlyn Roy Stokesbary, formerly of Thrivent Investment Management, please call 1-866-817-0201. Initial consultations with an attorney are free and confidential.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) accused Stokesbary of a large number of unauthorized trades in the accounts of his investors. FINRA is the regulatory arm of the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ, and is overseen by the SEC. FINRA alleged that Stokesbary took such fraudulent actions in the accounts of 20 separate investors. The actual number may be much higher.
In August 2017, Thrivent identified Stokebary trading for two unrelated investors within several minutes of each other, actions which raise a red flag that appropriate authorization was not obtained. Stokesbary confessed to his employer, Thrivent, that he did not speak to either customer prior to the trades. Thrivent warned him of the need for contemporaneous authorization of trades, but did not fire him at the time.
Unauthorized trading is a form of fraud. A broker can enrich himself at the expense of his investor when the broker makes unauthorized trades. As such, a broker cannot exercise such control over an account absent written authorization.
Unfortunately, the warning from Thrivent was not heeded. FINRA identifies that shortly thereafter, Stokesbary effected an additional 109 trades without contacting investors on the day of the trade. Once again, this number may be much higher.
On September 20, 2018, Thrivent disclosed that it terminated the employment of Stokesbary. Thrivent stated the termination was for his “failing to discontinue improper trading practices [in customer accounts] after being educated.”
Thrivent, and its predecessor Lutheran Brotherhood had been the employer of Stokesbary since 1987.
FINRA suspended Stokesbary for 15 days from the industry and imposed a $5000 fine.
Investors holding accounts at Thrivent should contact an attorney if they believe that Stokesbary effectuated trades in their accounts.