Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The FINRA fined Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. $500,000 for failing to supervise Tamara Moon, a former registered sales assistant at the firm's branch office in Palo Alto, California. Over an 8 year period, Moon misappropriated $749,978 from 22 customers, falsified account records and engaged in unauthorized trades in customer accounts. Moon took advantage of Citigroup's supervisory lapses at the branch and targeted elderly, ill or otherwise vulnerable customers whom she believed were unable to monitor their accounts. Moon's victims included elderly widows, a senior with Parkinson's disease and her own father. FINRA previously barred Moon for her actions and is continuing to investigate other individuals involved in the supervision of Moon.