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FINRA Bars Craig Scott Capital Broker For Churning

Edward Beyn of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Craig Scott Capital LLC is the subject of a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) National Adjudicatory Council Decision which affirms FINRA’s Hearing Panel’s decision to bar Beyn because (1) Beyn effected excessive trades in customer accounts (2) Beyn churned customers’ investment portfolios and […]

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NTB Financial Caught Overcharging Customers

NTB Financial Corporation of Centennial Colorado has been censured and fined $45,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) supported by allegations that the firm overcharged customers on corporate bond transactions. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2015047738901 (Dec. 10, 2018). Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2015047738901 (Dec. 10, 2018). According to the […]

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FINRA Bars Caldwell Broker In Investigation

Alain J. Florestan of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Caldwell International Securities has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a Default Decision containing findings that (1) Florestan made unsuitable investment recommendations to customers and (2) Florestan failed to cooperate in […]

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Investors Sue Wells Fargo For Excessive Fees

January 03, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Excessive Markups, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Alexander Agostino Aiello of Warren New Jersey a stockbroker currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 25, 2018 where the customer sought $41,656.33 in damages based upon accusations that (1) Aiello misinformed the customer regarding the management fees that would be charged […]

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Cetera Advisors Sued By Investor For Excessive Fees

December 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Excessive Markups, Stockbroker Fraud News, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

Joseph Medina of New York New York a stockbroker currently employed by Cetera Advisors LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $350,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) Medina effected unauthorized trades in the customer’s account and (2) Medina charged the customer commissions that […]

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Stockbroker Misconduct Continues to Plague Investors

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released its 2018 Examination Report, showing the areas in which the regulator has taken  some form of enforcement action against brokerage firms to prevent them from taking advantage of their customers, and to “better protect investors and maintain the integrity of the markets.” The Recommendation of Unsuitable Investments First, on […]

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FINRA Fines Maxim Group Broker For Misconduct

Eric Howard Kunis of Woodbury New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Maxim Group LLC has been fined $2,500.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Kunis executed unsuitable trading in eleven Maxim Group LLC customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance […]

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Investors Sue Worden Capital For Typical Boilerroom Conduct

Richard Foerster Reynolds of Melville New York a stockbroker currently registered with Worden Capital Management LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint which settled for $150,000.00 on May 10, 2018 supported by accusations that Reynolds (1) churned the customer’s account (2) charged the customer with excessive commissions (3) effected transactions in the […]

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SEC Makes Wong Gone In Very Profitable RMBS Scam

David F. Wong of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Barclays Capital Inc. has been suspended by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from associating with any broker-dealer or investment adviser according to an Order containing findings that Wong (1) made misleading or false statements to customers of the firm and (2) charged […]

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SEC Charges Westport Capital With Securities Fraud

August 17, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Excessive Markups, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Christopher Edward McClure of New York New York the president and chief executive officer of Westport Capital Markets LLC (a dually registered investment advisor and brokerage firm) has been charged by Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) in a Complaint along with Westport alleging that McClure and the firm defrauded their advisory customers. Securities and Exchange Commission […]

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Suspended LPL Broker Unsuspended

Shane Jason Kelly of Port Saint Lucie Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC had been suspended with associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on allegations that Kelly failed to provide FINRA with a response to its request for his information. Case No. 2017054666601 (Jan. 29, […]

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Customer Accuses Aegis Capital Of Excessive Commissions

April 06, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Excessive Markups, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Elliot Hough Sherer of Melville New York is a stockbroker currently registered with Aegis Capital Corp. who is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $8,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) the customer’s margin account was excessively utilized (2) unsuitable investment recommendations were made to the customer […]

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FINRA Fines First Kentucky Securities For Excessive Fees

First Kentucky Securities Corporation is a brokerage firm from Louisville Kentucky who has been censured and fined fifty thousand dollars by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon consenting to findings that it overcharged customers by depriving them of sales charge waivers on eligible mutual fund purchases executed through the firm. Letter of Acceptance Waiver […]

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Hilltop Securities Sued By Customer For Churning

January 26, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Excessive Markups, Excessive trading, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Walter Roland Valenzuela, of Del Mar, California, a stockbroker currently registered with Hilltop Securities, Inc., is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim, where the customer requested $9,500,000.00 in damages supported by allegations of elder abuse, misrepresentation, excessive trading, breach of fiduciary duty, excessive mark-downs and mark-ups, inappropriate margin use, suitability, and […]

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Columbus Advisory Group Stockbroker Sanctioned

Harvey Britton Vaughn Jr., of Austin, Texas, a stockbroker formerly registered with Columbus Advisory Group, Ltd., has been sanctioned by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) via the revocation of his securities licensure based upon allegations that Vaughn failed to pay a $10,000.00 fine assessed to him by FINRA for having failed to make required disclosures; […]

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BAC Florida Investments Stockbroker Suspended For Lying

December 17, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Bond Fraud, Excessive Markups, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Alejandro Falla, of Coral Cables, Florida, a stockbroker formerly registered with BAC Florida Investments, was fined $60,000.00 and suspended for eighteen months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity per an Office of Hearing Officers’ Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that Falla made misleading statements and omissions […]

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BAC Florida Investments Stockbroker Charged With Fraud

October 15, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Excessive Markups, Stockbroker Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Alejandro Falla, of Coral Cables, Florida, a stockbroker with BAC Florida Investments, was charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging that Falla had fraudulently charged mark-ups to customers. Department of Market Regulation v. Falla, No. 20160500923-01 (Sept. 26, 2016). According to the Complaint, Falla worked in the capacity […]

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Customer Arbitration Claims Against Salomon Whitney Financial Continue

Michael L. Oromaner of Farmingdale, New York, a stockbroker formerly with Salomon Whitney Financial, and now associated with Cova Capital Partners is subject to a pending customer dispute from March 23, 2016, where a customer requested $750,000.00 in damages in connection with allegations against Oromaner of utilizing high pressure sales techniques, effecting unsuitable investment transactions, churning […]

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Excessive Markups Land Suspension for Further Lane Securities Stockbroker

October 10, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Bond Fraud, Excessive Markups, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

James Gabriel Collard, of Boerne, Texas, was fined $5,000.00 and suspended by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in connection with an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that Collard charged customers’ excessive markups on investments. Department of Market Regulation v. James Gabriel Collard, No. 20120342425-01 (Sept. 23, 2016). According to the Order, between February […]

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YieldQuest Chief Compliance Officer Barred For Lying Cheating and Stealing

September 27, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Excessive Markups, Stockbroker Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Jay K. Chitnis, of Atlanta, Georgia, a stockbroker with YieldQuest Securities, LLC, was permanently barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity in connection with a FINRA Office of Hearing Officers’ Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that Chitnis committed securities fraud, converted funds, engaged in unauthorized trading, […]

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Jefferies Managing Director Fined For Lying

September 16, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Bond Fraud, Excessive Markups   |   0 Comments

Kevin J. Blaney, of Stamford, Connecticut, a stockbroker with Jefferies LLC, was fined $30,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity after consenting to findings that he made misrepresentations to customers in connection with fixed income securities. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. 20160499622-01 (Sept. 1, […]

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Further Lane Securities Executive Suspended For Failure to Supervise

September 09, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Bond Fraud, Excessive Markups, Failure To Supervise   |   0 Comments

Joseph Michael Araiz, of New York, New York, the chief executive officer of Further Lane Securities, L.P., was fined $45,000.00 and suspended from associating with a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in any principal capacity, and had his licensure revoked in connection with an Office of Hearing Officers’ Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing allegations of […]

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Laidlaw And Company Fined For Overcharging Customers

Laidlaw & Company LTD., headquartered in London, England, was censured and fined $10,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) after consenting to findings that the firm had charged customers with excessive commissions on equity transactions. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, No. 2014040622201 (July 21, 2016). According to the AWC, from April 2013 through June […]

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First Financial Equity Corporation Charged With Failure To Supervise

First Financial Equity Corporation, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer, Melissa Strouse, was named in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement Complaint alleging failure to supervise various aspects of the firm’s operations, including commissions charged by the firm’s staff. Department of Enforcement v. First Financial Equity […]

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Buckman Buckman Reid Stockbroker Barred For Fraud

Glenn Robert King, of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, a stockbroker formerly with Royal Alliance, was permanently barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity after consenting to findings that he fraudulently omitted and misrepresented material facts to investors, prompted excessive and unsuitable transactions, and committed unauthorized discretionary trading. Department of […]

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Further Lane Securities Charged With Excessive Markups

Further Lane Securities, L.P., stockbroker James Gabriel Collard, and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Michal Araiz, all of Boerne, Texas, were named in a Complaint containing allegations of excessive markups pertaining to corporate bond transactions and related supervisory failures. Department of Enforcement v. Collard et al., No. 20120342425-01-01- (Mar. 11, 2016). Further. according to the Complaint, […]

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Alton Securities Group Fined For Excessive Markups

Alton Securities Group, Inc. located in Alton, Illinois, was censured and fined $75,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) after consenting to findings that the firm had an inadequate supervisory system pertaining to non-traditional exchange traded funds and non-traditional mutual funds, caused unsuitable recommendations to be made to customers, and caused excessive markups/markdowns on municipal debt […]

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Ridgeway and Conger and Chief Executive Officer Charged with Fraud

Ridgeway & Conger, Inc., stockbrokers Kenley Brisard and Philip Brisard, and the firm’s president Leigh Garber, all located in Woodstock, New York, were charged by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA ) in a nine count Complaint containing allegations of fraudulent misrepresentations and omissions of material fact in connection with customer purchases (Kenley and Philip […]

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Tullett Prebon Financial Services Stockbroker Barred

Glenn Nicholas Caruso of New York, NY, a Stockbroker with Tullett Prebon Financial Services LLC, was barred from association with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm in any and all capacities after consenting to findings that he failed to cooperate with FINRA in their investigation into Caruso’s alleged misconduct regarding municipal bond trading […]

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Craig Scott Capital Stockbroker Charged with Churning

David C. Cannata of Uniondale, New York, a stockbroker with Craig Scott Capital, LLC, was charged by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging that Cannata excessively traded and churned customer accounts; and also failed to comply with a FINRA investigation into his alleged misconduct. Department of Enforcement v. […]

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Brickell Global Markets Fined for Supervisory Failures

Brickell Global Markets, also known as E.S. Financial Services, Inc., based in Miami, Florida, was censured and fined $275,000 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) after consenting to findings that the firm had charged customers unreasonable fees, failed to deliver prospectuses, allowed unauthorized individuals to direct trading in accounts, among other violations. Letter of Acceptance, […]

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Former Cambridge Investment Research Broker Barred Obstructing Investigation

Glenn A. Moffitt of Henderson, NV, a former general securities representative with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., was permanently barred from association with any FINRA-registered firm in all capacities after failing to appear for on-the-record testimony in connection with FINRA’s investigation into allegations that Moffitt converted $370,000 from a customer. FINRA Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and […]

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BOSC, Inc. Fined for Unfair Commissions

November 15, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Excessive Markups, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

BOSC, Inc., of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was censured and fined $25,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) after consenting to findings that the firm sold (or bought) eight corporate bonds to (or from) customers and failed to sell (or buy) such bonds at a price that was fair within eight transactions. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver […]

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Edward Jones Broker Barred for Conversion

Adam Robert Bollinger from Chandler, Arizona, a former general securities representative with Edward Jones, was permanently barred from association with any FINRA member firm in any capacity after consenting to FINRA findings that Bollinger converted $17,525 from 7 individuals (6 of whom were his firm customers). FINRA Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent, No. 2015044164801 […]

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HFP Capital Markets, LLC Barred for Obstructing FINRA

August 17, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Bond Fraud, Excessive Markups, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

John Joseph Vaughan, a former registered securities representative and compliance manager with HFP Capital Markets, LLC., was barred from association with any FINRA registered firm in all capacities after Levitt failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations that HFP Capital Markets had charged customers unfair prices and failed to provide adequate supervision of […]

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Global Arena Capital Corp Finally Charged for Massive Fraud Scheme

Global Arena Capital Corp, a FINRA member broker-dealer since 1986 headquartered in New York, NY, maintains multiple branches throughout the country. The Firm was charged by FINRA Department of Market Regulation in a Complaint containing allegations that the Firm charged unfair and excessive markups/markdowns to customers in the course of 495 of its corporate bond […]

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Former Financial Advisor Barred by FINRA for Misrepresentations and Misconduct in Handling of Customer Accounts

Thomas J. Buck, a former Indiana based financial advisor associated with RBC Capital Markets, LLC, was barred from association with any FINRA-registered firm in all capacities after consenting to FINRA findings containing allegations Buck committed misconduct pertaining to commission-based accounts and unauthorized trading and exercise of discretion without oral or written authorization. FINRA Letter of […]

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Broker-Dealer Stone & Youngberg Fined $350,000 for Excessive Markups on CMOs

February 25, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Excessive Markups, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Broker-dealer Stone & Youngberg have been fined $350,000 and censured by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for charging excessive markups on trades of collateralized mortgage obligation securities (CMOs) for retail customers. The firm was also required to pay about $206,000 in restitution to customers, without interest, per the terms of a Letter of Acceptance, […]

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Wells Fargo Securities LLC & Wachovia Capital Markets LLC Fined $11.2 for Fraud

April 06, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Excessive Markups, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Wells Fargo Securities LLC consented to an $11.2 million fine in connection with the sale of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) in late 2006 and early 2007. The SEC found that Wachovia Capital Markets violated the securities laws by fraudulently charging undisclosed and excessive markups in the […]

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