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NYLife Sued For Selling Away Alternative Investments

Joel Vincent Flaningan of Fort Wayne Indiana a stockbroker formerly employed by NYLife Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action brought in the Superior Court of Indiana in which the customer requested $29,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) unfounded statements had been made by the stockbroker concerning […]

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National Securities Sued For Breach Of Contract

Marshall Owen Isaacson of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corporation and Newbridge Securities Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested unspecified damages based upon accusations that (1) contractual obligations had not been complied with by the stockbroker (2) fiduciary duties were […]

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IFG Sued By Investors Over Alternative Investments

Angelo Talebi of Sherman Oaks California a stockbroker formerly employed by Independent Financial Group LLC and Royal Alliance Associates Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested between $100,000.00 and $500,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) false or misleading statements had been made by […]

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Investors Sue Newbridge For Alternative Investment Fraud

David Francis Faline of St. Augustine Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Newbridge Securities Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested more than $5,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) the customer’s investments were overconcentrated in alternative investments and common and preferred stocks and […]

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LPL Financial Accused Of Bad REIT Advice

Nicholas Joseph Travascio III (also known as Nicholas Joseph Tarvash III and as Nick Tarvash III) a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $19,000.00 on October 7, 2019 based upon accusations that real estate investment trust recommendations made to the […]

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Oppenheimer Sued By Investors For Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Michael Robert Greenfield of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $200,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) fiduciary duties owed by the stockbroker were breached (2) contractual obligations had not been complied with (3) […]

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Capital Financial Accused Of Bad Alternative Investment Recommendations

Lloyd Mark Johnston of Spokane Washington a stockbroker formerly employed by Capital Financial Services is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on October 22, 2018 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 supported by allegations that the customer had been sold an unsuitable alternative investment while Johnston was associated with […]

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Primex Sued By Investors For Unsuitable REITs

Wilfredo Felix Jr. of New York New York the President and Chief Executive Officer of Primex is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought unspecified damages founded on accusations that the customer had been placed into UpREIT – a real estate security which was not appropriate or suitable. […]

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Independent Financial Group Sued By Investors For Bad REITs

Shimshon Plotkin (also known as Shim Plotkin) of Chevy Chase Maryland a stockbroker currently registered with Independent Financial Group is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought as much as $1,000,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that the customer had been placed in alternative investments including real […]

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Moloney Securities Sued For Alternative Investment Fraud

Joseph John Weinrich Sr. of Overland Park Kansas a stockbroker formerly registered with Moloney Securities Co. Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related civil action brought in the Circuit Court of Jackson County Missouri where the customer sought $225,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of (1) nondisclosures concerning the risks of venture capital […]

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Geneos Sued By Investors For Defective REIT Recommendations

Joseph Sylvester Sturniolo (also known as Joe Sturniolo) a stockbroker currently registered with Geneos Wealth Management Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $237,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that the customer had been provided bad investment advice from Sturniolo with regard to investments including multiple non-traded […]

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Voya Sued By Investors For Bad Alternative Investments

James Travis Flynn of Greenville South Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Voya Financial Advisors Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint on August 26, 2019 in which the customers requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 supported by allegations that (1) real estate security and direct investments failed to comport with […]

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Voya Sued By Investors For Bad Alternative Investments

Gregory Scott Young of Columbia South Carolina a stockbroker formerly employed by Voya Financial Advisors Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought between $50,000.00 and $100,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that the customer had been placed into structured steepener notes and alternative investment products that failed […]

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Investors Accuse Woodbury Of Bad Alternative Investments

Daniel John Dunn a stockbroker currently employed by Woodbury Financial Services is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on March 29, 2019 in which the customer sought more than $5,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that the customer was provided poor investment advice concerning real estate security and equipment leasing interests sold by […]

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Merrill Lynch Sued By Investors For Bad Investment Advice

Christopher David Sadaka of Jupiter Florida a stockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought unspecified damages supported by accusations that between May of 2014 and March of 2017: (1) false or misleading statements had been made concerning oil […]

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Independent Financial Group Sued For Misrepresentation

Shawn Bruce Davis of Auburn California a stockbroker formerly employed by Independent Financial Group LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action brought in the Superior Court of the State of California in which the customer requested unspecified damages founded on accusations that (1) false or misleading statements had been made […]

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Investors Accuse LPL Financial Of Misrepresentation

Donald Stephen Woods of Louisville Kentucky a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on June 3, 2019 where the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 supported by accusations that (1) bad recommendations of alternative investments including business development companies had been made to the […]

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Kalos Capital Sanctioned For Bad Alternative Investments

Kalos Capital, a securities broker dealer headquartered in Alpharetta Georgia, and Darren Michael Kubiak of Lawrenceville Georgia, a stockbroker formerly registered with Kalos Capital, have been sanctioned by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon findings that (1) leveraged inverse exchange traded funds (LIETFs) had been recommended to the firm’s customers without Kalos Capital or […]

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David A. Noyes Sued Over Alternative Investments

Scott Lindsay Reed of Indianapolis Indiana a stockbroker registered with David A. Noyes Company is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $395,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) false or misleading statements and omissions had been made to the customers concerning the terms of non-traded real estate […]

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Investors Sue Packerland Over Alternative Investments

August 16, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Edward Allen Davig of Holmen Wisconsin a stockbroker currently registered with Packerland Brokerage Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related civil action which was settled for $32,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that Davig gave customers bad investment advice about illiquid alternative investments including oil and gas master limited purchases which declined […]

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Investors Sue Madison Avenue Securities For Fraud

Noel Ray Vincent of Southfield Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with Madison Avenue Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought between $100,000.00 and $500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) the customer’s assets were handled in a negligent manner (2) fiduciary duties were breached […]

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Fortune Financial Sued For Broker Selling Away Fake Investments

Jonathan Douglas Freeze (also known as Jon Freeze) of Canonsburg Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with Fortune Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $330,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Freeze solicited and obtained the customer’s funds for purposes of a direct investment in […]

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UBS Financial Sued By Investors For Master Limited Partnership Sales

Carlos Antonio Rodriguez of Plano Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with UBS Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought more than $3,600,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) the customer had been placed into oil and gas master limited partnerships and mutual funds […]

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Berthel Fisher Company Sued For BDC Misconduct

Jonathan Todd Pyne (also known as Jon Pyne) of Minneapolis Minnesota a stockbroker currently registered with Berthel Fischer Company Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $9,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that between 2007 and 2015: (1) false or misleading statements had been made […]

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Investors Bring Arbitration Claim For Bad Investment Advice

Edward Barnett Woll (also known as Ed Woll) of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker and chief compliance officer formerly registered with J.P. Turner Company LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $200,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that between January of 2013 and March 2016: (1) misleading […]

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Western International Accused Of Misconduct In Connection With Sale Of Alternative Investments

Clement Lancelot Chichester (also known as Clement Ignatius Chichester) of Westlake Village California a stockbroker formerly registered with Western International Securities Inc is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $100,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) misrepresentations and omissions were made to the customer concerning the terms […]

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HD Vest Stockbroker Sanctioned For Unsuitable Investment Advice

Michael Allen Kamperman of Waco Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by HD Vest Investment Services has been fined $20,000.00 and suspended for eighteen months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on findings that Kamperman poorly advised customers of HD Vest Investment Services in regard to energy sector […]

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Investors Accuse NEXT Financial Of Unsuitable REIT Recommendations

Charles Chester Kulch of Nashua New Hampshire a stockbroker currently employed by Next Financial Group Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 11, 2017 in which the customer requested $150,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer was inappropriately advised by Kulch in regard to real estate […]

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Cetera Stockbroker Barred By FINRA In Investigation

Nina Sue Jessee (also known as Nina Campbell Jessee) of Abington Virginia a stockbroker formerly employed by Cetera Advisors LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Jessee neglected to comply with FINRA during its investigation into accusations of (1) […]

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Investors Sue IBN Over Alternative Investments

Anthony Diaz of Scotrun Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with IBN Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought unspecified damages founded on allegations that the customer had been placed into unsuitable investments including (1) real estate security (2) promissory note (3) oil and gas […]

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H. Beck Inc. Sued By Investors For Bad REIT Recommendations

Richard Eric Poston (Rick Eric Poston) of Plano Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by H. Beck Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $25,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that while Poston was associated with H. Beck Inc. (1) Poston gave the customer bad investment advice […]

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Centaurus Financial Sued In Alternative Investments Debacle

David Bruce White of Bloomfield Hills Michigan a stockbroker formerly employed by Centaurus Financial Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled to resolve the customer’s accusations that the customers were placed into an unsuitable oil and gas investment and had been induced to purchase the investment by way […]

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Investors Sue WFG For Bad Alternative Investments

Mark Nelson Holloway of Edmond Oklahoma a stockbroker formerly registered with WFG Investments Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $10,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) Holloway made omissions and misrepresentations to the customer concerning oil and gas direct investments and mutual funds and (2) […]

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Investor Sues Madison Avenue For Inappropriate REIT Recommendations

James Andrew Geake (also known as Jim Geake) of Skokie Illinois and Schaumburg Illinois a stockbroker currently employed by Madison Avenue Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $12,500.00 in damages founded on allegations that the customer suffered unwarranted losses on alternative investments including real estate […]

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SEC Bars “Not So” Bright Trading Stockbroker For Fraud

Stephen Skeffington Eubanks of Las Vegas Nevada a stockbroker formerly employed by Bright Trading LLC has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a stockbroker or investment adviser or otherwise associating with securities broker dealers or investment advisories according to an Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings Pursuant to Investment Advisers Act of 1940 […]

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FINRA Charges Huntington Stockbroker With Selling Away

William Joseph Kielczewski of Toledo Ohio a stockbroker formerly registered with The Huntington Investment Company has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging that (1) Kielczewski partook in private securities transactions without notifying the firm beforehand and (2) Kielczewski falsified information to the firm concerning the private […]

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SEC Charges Comprehensive Asset Management Stockbroker With Fraud

Tamara Rae Steele of Pendleton Indiana a stockbroker formerly employed by Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing (now known as APW Capital Inc.) and Chief Operating Officer of Steele Financial has been charged by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a Complaint alleging that Steele and Steele Financial made fraudulent investment recommendations to investors. Civil Action […]

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Portfolio Advisors Alliance Sued For Failure To Supervise

Kerri Lynn Wasserman of New York New York president of Portfolio Advisors Alliance LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought unspecified damages founded on allegations that between July of 2013 and August of 2017: (1) inappropriate stock and over-the-counter equities trades were effected in the customer’s […]

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Centaurus Financial Sued By Investors For REIT Misconduct

Bryon Edwin Martinsen of Kings Park New York a stockbroker currently employed by Centaurus Financial Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $127,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Martinsen gave the customer bad advice concerning real estate securities held in the customer’s investment portfolio between […]

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Wells Fargo Sued By Investors For Hedge Fund Fraud

Mikhail Filshtinskiy of Brooklyn New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Networks is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $8,674,063.93 in damages founded on accusations that the customers were victim to a fraudulent scheme involving Filshtinskiy and a hedge fund manager. Financial […]

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Foresters Equity Stockbroker Caught Selling Away

John Dale Ernst of San Diego California a stockbroker formerly employed by Foresters Equity Services Inc. has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for nine months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Ernst engaged in private securities transactions involving the sale of Woodbridge promissory notes. […]

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FINRA Bars Kestra Stockbroker For Selling Away

George Mackley Robertson of Darien Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with Kestra Investment Services LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Robertson sold away from Kestra Investment Services (2) Robertson engaged in outside business activities without disclosing them […]

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SEC Bars MP Global Broker For Fraud

Lee Dana Weiss of San Juan Puerto Rico a stockbroker formerly employed by MP Global Inc. and owner of Family Endowment Partners LP (FEP) has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a broker or investment advisor or otherwise associating with brokers or investment advisories according to an SEC Order Instituting Administrative […]

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Crown Capital Broker Caught In Alternative Investment Scheme

February 19, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Hedge Funds, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Thomas Edward Burns III of Orange California a stockbroker currently registered with Crown Capital Securities LP has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he was negligent in his confirmation of customer assets on customers’ alternative investment account […]

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FINRA Sanctions Ditto Trade CEO For Failure to Pay Arbitration Award

Yosef Yehuda Fox (also known as Joseph J. Fox) of Chicago Illinois the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Compliance Officer employed by Ditto Trade Inc. has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on allegations that Fox failed to pay an Arbitration Award after having been […]

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RP Capital Pays $5.8 Million In Alternative Investments Lawsuit

Aaron Douglas Maurer of Aliso Viejo California a stockbroker formerly registered with RP Capital LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written action brought in the District Court of Portland Oregon which was resolved for $5,795,000.00 on October 18, 2017 founded on allegations that (1) Maurer made misrepresentations to the customer concerning promissory […]

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SEC Bars Wells Fargo Advisors Broker For Fraud

Aaron Robert Parthemer of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has been fined $160,000.00 and barred from being a broker or investment adviser or otherwise associating with any brokers or investment advisories according to an Order Making Findings and Imposing Sanctions Pursuant To Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 15(b), Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Section 203(f) and […]

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Ameriprise Blamed For Bad Investments

Julie Ann Smith of Durham North Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint which was resolved on November 16, 2018 for $115,966.29 in damages supported by allegations that Smith utilized an unsuitable market-timing investment strategy involving non-traditional investments which included (1) derivatives […]

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Center Street Securities Broker Charged With Fraud

Sean Joseph Kelly of Marietta Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Center Street Securities Inc. and the Chief Executive Officer of Lion’s Share Financial has been charged by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a Complaint alleging that Kelly defrauded twelve investors who provided him money through Lion’s Share to invest in alternative investments. Securities […]

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Investors Sue Capital Financial Alternative Investment Fraud

Robin Dewayne Walls of Shakopee Minnesota a stockbroker formerly registered with Capital Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $95,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that Walls sold the customer unsuitable and illiquid alternative investments including oil and gas products and direct participation program or […]

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FINRA Bars Capital Financial Broker For Failure To Comply

Lloyd Mark Johnston of Spokane Washington a stockbroker formerly registered with Capital Financial Services Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by accusations that he failed to provide FINRA with information that had been requested of him. Case No. 2018057318201 (Sept. 4, 2018). According […]

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Investor Sues WFG Investments For Misrepresentation

Bert Allen Cooper of Peoria Arizona a stockbroker formerly employed by WFG Investments Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $50,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning direct participation program and limited partnership interest risks at the time […]

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Investors Sue RP Capital For Bad Alternative Investments

September 27, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Antonio Ramirez of Aliso Viejo California a stockbroker formerly employed by RP Capital LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action that settled for $5,795,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) alternative investment transactions were executed in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the customer (2) misrepresentations had […]

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TriPoint Global Sued For Bad Private Placements

Robert Scott Nathan of New York New York a stockbroker registered with TriPoint Global Equities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $150,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that misrepresentations and unsuitable investment recommendations were made in reference to the customer’s private placement investment in Advance Entertainment […]

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David A Noyes Sued For Private Placement Fraud

Richard Michael Stevens of Indianapolis Indiana a stockbroker currently employed by David A. Noyes Co. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $60,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that Stevens (1) failed to disclose risks of private placements (2) neglected to conduct adequate due diligence on alternative […]

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CapWest Securities Broker Barred In Hedge Fund Scheme

Robert Russell Tweed of San Marino California a stockbroker formerly employed by CapWest Securities Inc. has been fined $50,000.00 and barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon an Extended Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that Tweed (1) made misleading and false statements to hedge fund customers […]

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CP Capital Securities Broker Barred For Fraud

Alexis Lertora of Miami Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by CP Capital Securities has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Lertora (1) made omissions and misrepresentations to customers (2) made unsuitable investment recommendations and (3) lacked an adequate basis to […]

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SA Stone Wealth Barred For Selling Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Funds

June 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Christopher Todd Wendel of Celina Ohio a stockbroker formerly registered with SA Stone Wealth Management Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he sold away from his employer and falsified testimony in a FINRA investigation into accusations of his […]

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Crystal Bay Securities President Investigated For Fraud

June 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Rafael Golan of Delray Beach Florida a president and chief compliance officer currently employed by Crystal Bay Securities Inc. is referenced in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation launched on November 30, 2017 pertaining to allegations that Golan committed violations of FINRA rules and federal securities laws. FINRA Public Disclosure reveals that Golan potentially […]

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Gould Ambroson Stockbroker Charged by FINRA With Fraud

Michael Evan Eckstein of Garden City New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Gould Ambroson Associates Ltd. has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in a Complaint alleging that Eckstein (1) effected unsuitable transactions (2) made omissions and misrepresentations to customers when making investment recommendations and (3) engaged in a fraudulent investment scheme. […]

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Accelerated Capital Group Sued For Breach Of Contract

Aaron Paul Brodt of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with Accelerated Capital Group is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $340,000.00 in damages supported by allegations including (1) omissions and misrepresentations (2) breach of contract (3) breach of fiduciary duty (4) negligence and (5) over-concentration of […]

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FINRA Suspends Cetera Broker For Unauthorized Trading

Richard Philip Hohol of Roselle Illinois is a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisors Networks LLC who has been fined five thousand dollars and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity by consenting to findings that he enabled one of the firm’s former registered representatives […]

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ON Equity Sales Company Sued For Account Mismanagement

James Craig Chesser II, of Champaign, Illinois, a stockbroker formerly registered with the O.N. Equity Sales Company, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim, where the customer requested $6,900,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that Chesser inappropriately managed the customer’s investment portfolio of mutual funds, insurance products, equities and variable annuities. […]

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Merrimac Corporate Securities Accused Of Suitability

Stephen Douglas Pizzuti, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrimac Corporate Securities, Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint, in which the customer sought $90,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that inappropriate equity and direct investment products were effected in the customer’s account. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority […]

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Kestra Sued For Real Estate Security Suitability

January 10, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Michael Brian Walk of Longwood, Florida, a stockbroker currently registered with Kestra Investment Services, LLC, is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim, in which the customer requested $72,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Walk made unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer in regard to real estate security and direct investment […]

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Philadelphia Police And Firefighters Victims In Investment Debacle

October 30, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Non-traded REITs   |   0 Comments

PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 30, 2017) – The Guiliano Law Group, P.C. filed an arbitration action before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) Office of Dsipute Resolution against Newbridge Securities Corporation, based upon the conduct of its former Registered Representative, Austin R. Dutton, Jr.,  alleging the violation of the federal securities laws, the Pennsylvania Securities Act,  the […]

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Key Investments Stockbroker Sanctioned By Regulator

Abed Adam Darwish, of North Royalton, Ohio, a stockbroker formerly registered with Key Investment Services, has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended for eighteen months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he utilized customers’ information without consent to create investment accounts and effected […]

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Madison Avenue Securities Party to Arbitration Alleging Unsuitability

April 10, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Suitability   |   0 Comments

James Andrew Geake, of Skokie, Illinois, a stockbroker currently registered with Madison Avenue Securities, LLC, has been named in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim, which settled on March 1, 2017, for $60,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Geake negligently managed the customer’s investments, breached his contractual duties, and made unsuitable investment recommendations […]

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LPL Financial Stockbroker Suspended For Unsuitable Recommendations

Adam S. Fritzsche, of Atlanta, Georgia, a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC, has been fined and suspended for one year from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he made unsuitable investment recommendations to customers and made misrepresentations on firm documentation concerning […]

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Reef Securities Sued for Securities Fraud

Garland Wayne Benton Jr., of Richardson, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Reef Securities, Inc., has been named in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim on April 14, 2014, in which the customer requested $946,670.00 in damages based upon allegations that Benton engaged in unauthorized investment solicitations, breached his contractual duties, omitted facts concerning […]

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Reef Securities Sued for The Failure To Supervise

Harris Wayne Kirk, or Richardson, Texas, a stockbroker currently registered with Reef Securities, Inc., has been named in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim on February 11, 2016, in which the customer requested $250,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Kirk breached his contractual duties, and failed to conduct proper due diligence as well […]

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SEC Issues Investor Bulletin Warning Investors About Alternative Mutual Funds

February 06, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments   |   0 Comments

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Bulletin concerning the potential risks associated with alternative mutual funds.  According to the Investor Bulletin: Alternative Mutual Funds Are Not Typical Mutual Funds Alternative mutual funds (sometimes called alt funds or liquid alts) are publicly offered, SEC-registered mutual funds that hold non-traditional investments or […]

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Woodbury Financial Services Named In FINRA Securities Arbitration

Daniel John Dunn, of Mission Viejo, California, a stockbroker currently registered with Woodbury Financial Services, Inc., has been named in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 17, 2015, in which the customer requested $48,624.47 in damages based upon allegations that Dunn made unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer concerning the sale of […]

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Dougherty Company Stockbroker Charged With Selling Away

December 24, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Hedge Funds, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Michael Timothy Dolan, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a stockbroker currently registered with Dougherty & Company LLC, was charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging that Dolan effected unauthorized private securities transactions. Department of Enforcement v. Dolan, No. 2013039306601 (Dec. 14, 2016). According to the Complaint, from October of 2010 to October […]

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Massachusetts Brings Action Against Eubiquity Capital Ponzi Scheme

November 03, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Ponzi Scheme, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

The Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, William F. Galvin, issued an administrative complaint against Stephen S. Eubanks for operating a text book Ponzi scheme According to the Complaint, since approximately October 2011, Eubanks presented himself as a successful hedge fund manager of Eubiquity Capital. According to the Complaint, Eubanks, sold approximately $562,000 of his hedge […]

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VSR Financial Services Stockbroker Suspended For Unsuitable Recommendations

Mickey Long, of Plano, Texas, a stockbroker with VSR Financial Services, Inc., was suspended by Texas State Securities Board after being found to have made unsuitable investment recommendations of real estate investments and other alternative investments. Order No. REG16-SUS-03 (Oct. 4, 2016). According to the Order, Long was responsible for advising a seventy-year-old customer who […]

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VSR Financial Services Sued By Customers for Unsuitability

Charles Geraci, of The Woodlands, Texas, a stockbroker for VSR Financial Services, Inc., is subject to a pending customer dispute from July 25, 2016, in which the customer has requested $500,000.00 in damages after alleging that Geraci made unsuitable investment recommendations in alternative investments and private placement investments. According to FINRA Public Disclosure Records,  Geraci […]

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Berthel Fischer Stockbroker Barred In Investigation

September 16, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Hedge Funds, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Jerry McCutchen, of Mobile, Alabama, a stockbroker for Berthel, Fisher & Company Services, Inc., was permanently barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity after consenting to findings that he obstructed a FINRA investigation into allegations that McCutchen made unsuitable alternative investment recommendations. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, […]

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Merrill Lynch Strategic Return Notes Fiasco

Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc. headquartered in New York, New York, was censured and fined $5,000,000.00 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) after consenting to findings that the firm failed to properly disclose costs associated with strategic return notes. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. 2012032967901 (June 23, 2016). According to the […]

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Triad Advisors Stockbrokers Barred for Selling Away

Gary Lee Rathbun and Douglas Scott Miller, both of Toledo Ohio, and stockbrokers for Triad Advisors, Inc., were permanently barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm in any capacity after engaging in unauthorized outside business activities. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. 2014041919401 (May 17, 2016). According to the AWC, […]

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Oakbridge Financial Services Stockbroker Charged With Fraud

Steven A. Larson, of Saint Louis, Missouri, a stockbroker with Oakbridge Financial Services, Inc., was charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging that Larson made material omissions and false statements to clients concerning investments. Department of Enforcement v. Larson, No. 2014039174202 (May 11, 2016). According to the Complaint, Larson […]

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Futures Investment Company Chief Compliance Officer Barred In Investigation

June 08, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Michael Peter Pacult, of Fremont, Indiana, a president and chief compliance officer of Futures Investment Company, was permanently barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm in any capacity after consenting to findings that he failed to cooperate in a FINRA investigation into his misconduct. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, […]

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HFP Capital Markets Stockbroker Barred For Unsuitable Recommendations

Brett I. Friedberg, of New York, New York, a stockbroker with HFP Capital Markets LLC, was permanently barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm in any capacity per an Extended Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that Friedberg made unsuitable securities recommendations and negligently misrepresented information to customers. Department of Enforcement […]

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Mid Atlantic Stockbroker Barred For Fraud

Walter Francis Grenda, Jr., of Buffalo, New York, a stockbroker with Mid Atlantic Capital Corporation was barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any and all capacities per an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that he engaged in fraudulent omissions and misrepresentations, engaged in improper loans from the […]

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Southwest Securities Broker Headed to Prison

Wade James Lawrence was a stockbroker at Dallas Fort Worth area offices of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.and Southwest Securities. Mr. Lawrence is now headed to jail for a three year prison term, and was ordered to pay restitution of $1,454,384.48, by a North Texas Federal Judge, See Case No. 3:15-cr-374- M: United States of America […]

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FINRA charges VFG Securities with Fraud

Jason Bryce Vanclef fist became registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in 2006, and since that time, he has been the subject of no less that seven customer initiated investment related complaints alleging fraud, and most recently on February 6, 2016, a FINRA regulatory action also alleging fraud in connection with the sale of […]

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Sabadell Securities Broker Suspended for Private Securities Transactions

Brian Lewis Pittman of Miami, Florida, a stockbroker with Sabadell Securities USA, Inc., was fined $10,000 and suspended for six months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in all capacities after consenting to findings that he engaged in unauthorized private securities transactions. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. 2016048480901 (Feb. […]

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Mid Atlantic Capital Corporation Stockbroker Barred for Defrauding Investors

Timothy Steven Dembski of Buffalo, New York, a stockbroker for Mid Atlantic Capital Corporation, was barred by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in connection with an Office of Hearing Officers Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that Dembski made fraudulent omissions and misrepresentations to investors, engaged in improper loans from customers, and falsified testimony […]

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Terranova Capital Associates Stockbroker Suspended for Private Securities Transactions

James J. Nixon of Westport, Connecticut, a stockbroker with Terranova Capital Equities, was fined $15,000 and suspended for three months in all capacities from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member after consenting to findings that he engaged in unauthorized private securities transactions and made misleading statements to investors. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver […]

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Keystone Equities Group Brokers Barred

William B. Fretz, Jr., and John P. Freeman, both of Oaks, Pennsylvania, were found by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement to have engaged in business-related conduct that is inconsistent with just and equitable principles of trade as a consequence of providing misleading information to FINRA and filing a false Form U4. […]

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Benjamin F. Edwards Stockbroker Suspended for Private Securities Transactions

Aon D. Miller of Chattanooga, Tennessee, a stockbroker with Benjamin F. Edwards & Company, was fined $50,000 and suspended for two years from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member per an FINRA Extended Hearing Panel Decision which contained findings that Miller engaged in private securities transactions without providing prior written notice to […]

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NASAA Releases Top Investor Threats for 2015

North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) released its annual list of top investor threats.  The top investor threats were compiled from a survey from the various state securities regulators to identify the five most problematic schemes.  Following the launch of the Investment Fraud Bingo Program, it is uncertain whether the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of […]

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Self-dealing Costs J.P. Morgan Securities $367 Million

December 18, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Hedge Funds   |   0 Comments

J. P. Morgan Securities LLC is the securities broker-dealer subsidiary of J.P. Morgan, and as a broker-dealer sells securities and investment services through approximately 2,800 financial advisors located in Chase bank branches nationwide. As of the end of last year, J.P. Morgan, the bank, has $2.6 trillion in assets and J.P. Morgan Asset Management also […]

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Pharma-boy Martin Shkreli Charged With Defrauding Hedge Fund Investors And Stealing $11 Million In Assets

December 17, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Alternative Investments, Hedge Funds   |   0 Comments

Today, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York unsealed a seven-count indictment Martin Shkreli and his lawyer with securities fraud. According to the indictment, between September 2009 and January 2011, Shkreli falsely represented to potential investors his company MSMB Capital was a transparent investment vehicle for sophisticated investors with monthly liquidity, […]

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PIN Financial Broker Barred in Ponzi Scheme

Jeffrey B. Risinger of Carmel, Indiana, a registered representative with PIN Financial, LLC, was barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity after consenting to findings that he had failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations of Risinger’s participation in a Ponzi scheme. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver […]

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Global Arena Capital Corporation Owner Token Suspension for Private Securities Transactions

John S. Matthews of New York, New York, the former owner of Global Arena Capital Corporation, was fined $25,000 and suspended for six months from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member after consenting to findings that he engaged in unauthorized private securities transactions. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. 2013037235012 (Dec. […]

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VSR Financial Services Broker Suspended for Unsuitable Recommendations

Dennis P. Van Patter of Dallas, Texas, a registered representative with VSR Financial Services, Inc., was fined $10,000 and suspended for forty-five days from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in all capacities after consenting to findings that he made unsuitable recommendations to firm customers. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. […]

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Regulatory Failures Help Father and Son Bilk $53 Million From Investors

On November 5, 2015, by consent, the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained a judgment against George P. Brown, age 81, in connection with an action against George P. Brown and his son Kevin C. Brown, age 49, both of Pennsylvania, and their related entities, for fraud in connection with the sale of various unregistered securities […]

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Riverstone Wealth Management Stockbroker Barred for Defrauding Investors

Stockbroker J. Michael Casas was barred by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in any and all capacities and ordered to pay restitution in connection with an Extended Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that Casas had fraudulently sold securities issued by his company on the basis of false statements of material fact and that Casas converted […]

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Cetera Financial Stockbroker Suspended for Outside Business Activities

John Thomas Oates, Jr., a Stockbroker with Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, was suspended from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any and all capacities for six months and fined $10,000 after consenting to findings that Oates engaged in outside business activities in violation of his firm’s policies. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, […]

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UBS Financial Fined for Failure to Supervise Alternative Investments

UBS Financial was censured, fined $7,500,000.00, and ordered to pay restitution to 165 customers in the amount of $10,978,402.00 after the firm consented to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) findings that it failed to establish and maintain a supervisory system and procedures reasonably designed to ensure suitability of transactions in closed end funds. Acceptance, Waiver, […]

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