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FINRA cheating cases put remote testers on notice

By Al Barbarino (July 15, 2022, 7:22 p.m. EDT) – The Financial Sector Regulatory Authority sent a clear message when it banned two aspiring brokers for allegedly cheating on remote licensing exams: The regulator will catch and will punish those who take shortcuts, even from the comfort of their own homes.

FINRA said Wednesday it had barred Harris Kausar of New York and Brandon Autiero of New Jersey from the securities industry for cheating on qualifying exams administered online after requesting accommodations due to COVID-19.

Both settlements show that FINRA has successfully adapted its oversight of applicants to the remote environment, and that it can and will impose the ultimate punishment on those…

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