A former broker with Huntington Bank was expelled from the brokerage industry earlier this month for stealing nearly $170,000 from a customer's brokerage account to cover investment losses in other customers' accounts.
Bryan Carnahan, a registered rep with Huntington in Hilliard, Ohio, allegedly caused fund transfers of about $169,500 to be made from the customer's brokerage account to her bank account at Huntington. FINRA claims that he then instructed the customer to withdraw the funds from her bank account and obtain cashier's checks for purported investment opportunities.
According to FINRA, Carnahan had the cashier's check re-issued in the form of multiple checks payable to his own accounts and to the accounts of at least 13 customers who had suffered investment losses. He allegedly deposited roughly $149,000 into customer accounts and pocketed the rest for himself.
The misappropriation of funds occurred between September 2013 and March 2015, FINRA said.
Carnahan did not respond to an email sent to him via BrightScope Advisor Pages, an online directory for financial advisors. He could not otherwise be reached for comment. In his settlement with FINRA, Carnahan neither denied nor admitted the allegations but consented to an entry of FINRA's findings.
Carnahan was discharged from Huntington in March. He had been employed with the bank's brokerage unit since December 1998, according to his BrokerCheck report.
Maureen Brown, a spokesperson for Huntington Bank, declined to comment, saying only that the bank cooperated fully with FINRA.
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