In August 2018, former HD Vest Investment Services brokers Jerry Davis Raines and Donna Lynn Barnard consented to a sanction from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which they agreed to be barred from the securities industry. The action resulted from Jerry Davis Raines’ and Donna Lynn Barnard’s refusal to cooperate in FINRA’s investigation of their involvement in the sale of promissory notes related to the Woodbridge Group of Companies, LLC and its $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.
Jerry Davis Raines has been the subject of at least 15 customer complaints, according to FINRA’s BrokerCheck.
One customer alleged that Raines “agreed to join and participate in a civil conspiracy related to the Woodbridge investments and committed overt acts in furtherance of the conspiracy that substantially and successfully ‘propped up’ Woodbridge’s fraudulent scheme.”
Donna Lynn Barnard has been the subject of at least 14 customer complaints.
Earlier this year, FINRA sent requests for documents to Raines and Barnard in response to customer complaints of their alleged involvement in the Ponzi scheme. After the two informed FINRA that they would not respond, they were subsequently barred pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210 and 2010.
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