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Investors Sue Wunderlich For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Bassam S. Salem of Birmingham Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with Wunderlich Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim that settled for $50,000.00 supported by accusations that between January of 2011 and February of 2017: (1) poor investment recommendations were made to the customer concerning over the counter equities […]

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Legend Securities Compliance Officer Admits To Misconduct

Christopher Nicholas Cacace of New York New York a former Chief Compliance Officer of Legend Securities Inc. has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Cacace failed to inform FINRA about customer initiated investment related disputes alleging the […]

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Parkland Securities Sanctioned By FINRA For Failure To Supervise

Parkland Securities LLC a stockbrokerage firm headquartered in Ann Arbor Michigan has been censured and fined $20,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to create and implement a supervision system pertaining to non-traditional exchange traded fund transactions. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2016052300601 […]

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Investors Win Against Fintegra CEO In Promissory Note Scheme

Doreen Lea Weber (also known as Doreen L. Tyler Strand and as Doreen Lea Strand) the former Chief Executive Officer of Fintegra LLC. is named in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer was awarded $20,000.00 in compensatory damages based upon Weber being found liable on the customer’s claims of (1) […]

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FINRA Sanctions Revere Securities For Failure To Supervise

Revere Securities LLC a brokerage firm headquartered in New York New York and Kurt Alfred Hurst (the firm’s branch manager) have been sanctioned by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon FINRA finding in part that the firm failed to supervise its penny stock transactions to ensure compliance with federal securities laws. Letter of Acceptance […]

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Corinthian Partners Sanctioned For The Failure To Supervise

Corinthian Partners, L.L.C. a brokerage firm headquartered in New York New York and Richard Calabrese (the firm’s majority owner, Chairman, Chief Compliance Officer and President) and Mitchell Manoff (the firm’s Chief Executive Officer) have been sanctioned by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon findings that the firm, Calabrese and Manoff: (1) neglected to supervise […]

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FINRA Sanctions Titan Securities For Investment Fraud

Titan Securities a brokerage firm headquartered in Addison Texas, and Brad Curtis Brooks (the firm’s Chief Executive Officer and President) and Richard Wayne Demetriou (the firm’s registered representative) have been fined by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) according to an Extended Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that (1) misleading or false representations had been made […]

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Raymond James Broker Fired For Concealing Customer Complaint

Ronald Patrick Cameron of Fayetteville Arkansas a stockbroker formerly employed by Raymond James Financial Services Inc. has been terminated by the firm on November 20, 2018 supported by allegations that Cameron was involved in a customer complaint which he resolved outside the firm’s auspices and without the firm’s knowledge. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public […]

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Morgan Stanley Fires Broker For Outside Business Activities

Kenneth Marc Hutkin of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management has been discharged by the firm on September 24, 2018 based upon accusations that (1) Hutkin engaged in outside business activities without having disclosed them to the firm and (2) Hutkin received compensation for activities that had not […]

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J.P. Morgan Broker Barred In Selling Away Investigation

Donovan St. Anthony Hunter of Houston Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he failed to comply with FINRA’s investigation into accusations that Hunter engaged in unapproved outside business activities […]

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FINRA Sanctions Sigma Financial For Failure To Supervise

Sigma Financial Corporation a brokerage firm headquartered in Ann Arbor Michigan has been sanctioned by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) based upon findings that the firm failed to supervise its non-traditional exchange traded fund transactions to ensure that they were properly reviewed for suitability. Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent No. 2016052300602 (Mar. 7, […]

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Halifax America Fined By FINRA For Failure To Supervise

Halifax America LLC a brokerage firm headquartered in Sherman Oaks California has been censured and fined $60,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based in part on findings that the firm neglected to create and implement supervision systems with a view towards ensuring brokers’ transactions in customer accounts had been properly reviewed by the firm […]

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Raymond James Sued By Investors For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Steven Paul Reznik of Tallahassee Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Raymond James Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) fiduciary duties and contractual obligations had been breached (2) the firm failed to supervise transactions […]

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ProEquities Caught Excessively Charging Customers

ProEquities Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in Birmingham Alabama has been censured by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon consenting to findings that it excessively charged customers who purchased mutual funds through the firm. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2016052179401 (Mar. 7, 2019). According to the AWC, a variety of mutual fund […]

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Kestra Terminates Stockbroker For Hiding Customer Complaint

Tom Abel Puentes of Woodland Hills California a stockbroker formerly associated with Kestra Investment Services has been terminated on May 7, 2018 based upon accusations that Puentes possibly failed to conform to Kestra Investment Services LLC policies by concealing that at least one customer complained about his activities. This is not the first time that […]

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Raymond James Financial Services Sued By Investors For Fraud

Jeffrey Worth Ostrander (also known as JW Ostrander) of Overland Park Kansas a stockbroker currently employed by Raymond James Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $140,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that: (1) the firm and Ostrander violated FINRA rules in dealing with the […]

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FINRA Charges Aegis Capital Corp Broker With Fraud

James Bradley Schwartz (also known as Jim Schwartz) of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Aegis Capital Corp. has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging that (1) Schwartz excessively traded and churned customers’ accounts and (2) Schwartz engaged in deceptive and fraudulent activities […]

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FINRA Fines World Equity Group Broker For Lying to Customers

Barry Ronald Block of Arlington Heights Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by World Equity Group Inc. has been fined $15,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Block made misrepresentations to customers concerning the expenses of variable annuities when advising […]

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Investors Sue Merrill Lynch For Annuity Fraud

Jonathan Rafe Rankin (also known as Jonathan Rafe Ranlein) a stockbroker and supervisor currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 8, 2017 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 founded on accusations that misrepresentations and omissions had […]

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CFWP Securities Broker Barred By FINRA In Investigation

Stephen Michael Hart of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by CFWP Securities LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Hart failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation into his possible conversion of funds. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent […]

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Morgan Stanley Sued By Investors For Securities Fraud

Ganesh Iyer (also known as Ganesh Ramachandran) of Houston Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley has been named in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which Iyer and Morgan Stanley were ordered by a FINRA Arbitration Panel to pay $54,954.04 in compensatory damages to the customer based upon the Panel finding: […]

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Investors Sue Spartan Capital For Securities Fraud

John Dennis Lowry of New York New York the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member of Spartan Capital Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which customers were collectively awarded $330,000.00 based upon findings that Lowry and Spartan Capital Securities LLC (1) breached fiduciary duties to the customer (2) […]

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FINRA Bars NMS Capital Advisors CEO For Failure To Supervise

March 07, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Sperry Randall Younger of Garden City New York the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of NMS Capital Advisors LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to an Extended Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that (1) Younger falsified investment banking transactions executed through […]

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Investors Sue Network 1 For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Michael Scott Desando of Red Bank New Jersey a stockbroker currently employed by Network 1 Financial Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $70,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that fiduciary duties owed to the customer were breached with regard to common or preferred stock […]

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J.P. Morgan Pays Investor For Stockbroker Misconduct

William Howard Desser of Los Angeles California a stockbroker currently registered with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $1,300,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) Desser effected unauthorized transfers of funds from the customer’s account (2) Desser utilized the customer’s assets impermissibly […]

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Investment Center Stockbroker Criminally Charged With Fraud

Leon William Vaccarelli of Waterbury Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with The Investment Center has been indicted for wire fraud and mail fraud based on allegations that he engaged in a scheme which victimized elderly customers. United States v. Leon Vaccarelli No. 18-cr-g2-SRU (D. Conn May 2, 2018). In a parallel matter, Vaccarelli was charged […]

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Accelerated Capital Group Blasted For Churing Customer Accounts

Accelerated Capital Group a brokerage firm headquartered in California has been censured and fined $400,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) founded on accusations that the firm’s brokers: (1) executed unauthorized trades in customer accounts (2) sold customers investments that were not suitable for them and (3) executed trades in customer accounts on an excessive […]

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Merrill Lynch Sued By Investors For ETF Fraud

Raj Sharma of Boston Massachusetts a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $70,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) misrepresentations and omissions had been made to the customer from January of 2012 to January […]

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Oppenheimer Accused By Investors Of Churning

Brandon Boyd Hanna of Minneapolis Minnesota a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 17, 2018 in which the customer sought $350,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) the customer’s account was churned and (2) stock, mutual funds and exchange traded funds […]

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Merrill Lynch Broker Suspended By FINRA For Hiding Recommendations

March 04, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

William Bruckner of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Bruckner mismarked customer order tickets by claiming that the transactions were not solicited when they were actually solicited by […]

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Investors Accuse Raymond James Of Churing

Gary George Vescio of Palm Beach Gardens Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 21, 2016 where the customer sought $62,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that excessive stock trades were effected in the customer’s account while Vescio was employed […]

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Oppenheimer Accused Of Mutual Fund Misconduct

Stephen Brown of Fort Lauderdale Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 29, 2016 in which the customer requested more than $5,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) the customer’s assets were not appropriately diversified and (2) overly speculative mutual […]

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SA Stone Accused Of Investment Fraud

February 20, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Mutual Fund Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Gary Thomas Jergler of Hermitage Pennsylvania a stockbroker currently registered with SA Stone Wealth Management Inc. and investment advisor representative of Sterne Agee Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $7,010.00 on August 15, 2016 supported by accusations that omissions had been made to […]

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Titan Securities Sued By Investors For Failure To Supervise

Brad Curtis Brooks of Addison Texas, a stockbroker and supervisor currently registered with Titan Securities, is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $9,850.00 in damages founded on allegations that Brooks failed to supervise a customer’s investments in limited partnership interest or direct participation program products. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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Waddell Reed Broker Admits To Unauthorized Trading

Donald Logan of Silverdale Washington a stockbroker formerly registered with Waddell Reed and Edward Jones has been fined $25,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Logan traded in customer’s investment accounts without authorization (2) Logan exercised discretion in customer’s […]

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FINRA Nails WEG Principal For Failure To Supervise

February 19, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Christopher T. Dallas of Arlington Heights Illinois a stockbroker and supervisor currently employed by World Equity Group Inc. has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any supervisory capacity based upon consenting to findings that Dallas failed to supervise variable annuity transactions effected by the firm’s […]

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FINRA Bars Spartan Capital Broker In Investigation

Caeron Arlington McClintock of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon accusations that McClintock failed to provide FINRA with information that was requested of him. Case No. 2016051468601 (Nov. 6, 2017). […]

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Investors Sue LPL Financial For REIT Misconduct

Jordan John Boyle of Saratoga Springs Utah a stockbroker formerly employed by LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on January 23, 2019 in which the customer requested $10,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that between September 10, 2014 and January 18, 2019, the customer was provided unsuitable […]

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FINRA Catches MML Broker Selling Away Woodbridge Notes

Floyd Earl Powell of Albertville Alabama a stockbroker formerly employed by MML Investors Services LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Powell engaged in private securities transactions while associated with the firm. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. […]

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H. Beck Sued By Investors REIT Misconduct

William Charles Schumann of Wheaton Illinois a stockbroker currently employed by H. Beck Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $63,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Schumann made poor investment recommendations to the customer concerning mutual funds as well as a variable annuity and non-traded real […]

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Corinthian Partners Broker Caught Selling Promissory Notes

Thomas Anthony Gallo of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Corinthian Partners LLC has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he made misrepresentations concerning promissory notes that had been sold by […]

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Investors Sue Portfolio Advisors Alliance For Churning

John Belesis of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Portfolio Advisors Alliance Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested unspecified damages supported by allegations that between July of 2013 and August of 2017: (1) the customer’s account was churned (2) transactions were negligently […]

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Ameritas Sued By Investors For Fraud

Marc Charles Harary of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameritas Investment Corp. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled to resolve accusations that (1) contractual obligations to the customer had been breached (2) fiduciary duties were breached (3) account transactions were handled negligently (4) the […]

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Investor Sues Hennion Walsh For Muncipal Bond Fraud

Marc S. Strafaci of Parsippany New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with Hennion Walsh Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $83,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that Strafaci made unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer concerning municipal debt products that the customer ultimately purchased and […]

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United Planners Broker Caught In Promissory Note Scheme

Dexter Leroy Thomas of Dallas Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by United Planners’ Financial Services of America A Limited Partner has been discharged from employment on August 2, 2018 supported by allegations that (1) Thomas maintained a number of private investments and loans with customers of United Planners’ Financial Services of America wherein those investments […]

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Sigma Financial Sued For Failure To Conduct Due Diligence

Harvey Allan Kaluzna of Northbrook Illinois a stockbroker currently employed by Sigma Financial Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $28,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning unit investment trust and real estate security investments held in […]

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Lombard Terminates Broker For Unauthorized Churning Of Customer Accounts

Eric Alan Zakarin of Cranford New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Lombard Securities Incorporated has been terminated by the firm on October 10, 2018 based upon allegations that (1) Zakarin generated excessive commissions from customers and (2) Zakarin executed trades in customer accounts that customers’ possibly had not authorized. This is not the first […]

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Stifel Nicolaus Sued By Investors For Securities Fraud

Michael Joseph Dorsey of Honolulu Hawaii a stockbroker currently registered with Stifel Nicolaus Company Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $50,000.00 in damages founded on accusations of (1) violation of New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and FINRA Rules (2) violation of federal and state securities […]

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Windsor Street Caught Engaging In Outside Business Activities

Imtiaz A. Khan (also known as Raana Khan) of New York the former executive vice president and managing partner at Windsor Street Capital LP has been fined $20,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that (1) […]

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Investors Catch MML Twisting Annuity Policies

Thomas John Leone of Farmington Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors Services is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled on May 10, 2018 to resolve accusations that (1) the customer’s assets had been inappropriately transferred a number of times between annuities and mutual funds and (2) the […]

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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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Raymond James Broker Charged With Hindering Investigation

Vincent Joseph Storms of Saint Petersburg Florida a broker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc. has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging that (1) Storms falsified information to FINRA in regard to his handling of outside business activities supervisory procedures and (2) Storms neglected to […]

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Ameriprise Financial Sued For Risky Investments

Jack Alan Quick of New Home Minnesota a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $214,180.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) Quick made investment recommendations to the customer that were not suitable regarding variable annuities, variable life insurance, […]

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Portfolio Advisors Alliance Sued By Investors For Churning

Craig Landon Siegel of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Portfolio Advisors Alliance LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought unspecified compensatory damages supported by accusations that between July of 2013 and August of 2017: (1) the customer’s account was churned (2) the […]

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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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Investors Sue Wells Fargo For Mutual Fund Fraud

Harold Weber of Airmont New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $50,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that between December of 2012 and June of 2016: (1) transactions were executed in the customer’s account that were not […]

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Regulator Seeks Denial Of LPL Financial Broker Registration

David Philip Antypas of Brentwood Tennessee a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Securities Division disciplinary action where the regulator is seeking the denial of Antypas’ securities registration based upon accusations that (1) during the time Antypas was associated with LPL Financial LLC […]

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Hennion Walsh Fined For Failure To Supervise UITs

Hennion Walsh Inc. a broker dealer headquartered in Parsippany New Jersey has been censured and fined $165,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that (1) Hennion Walsh’s registered representatives made unsuitable investment recommendations concerning the switching of unit investment trusts in customers’ accounts and (2) Hennion Walsh neglected […]

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FINRA Bars Ameritas Broker In Theft Investigation

Kristian M. Gaudet of Cut Off Louisiana a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameritas Investment Corp has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Gaudet failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations of Gaudet’s misuse of customer funds during the […]

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David Lerner Associates Accused Of Unauthorized Trading

Martin Kevin Walcoe of Syosset New York a stockbroker currently employed by David Lerner Associates Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 9, 2016 where the customer requested unspecified compensatory damages founded on accusations that unauthorized trades of equities and government-debt products had been executed in the customer’s account. […]

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Bolton Global Broker Admits to Unauthorized Trading

Bruce Anthony Zaro of Plymouth Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly employed by Bolton Global Capital has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for two months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Zaro signed customers’ names on account documentation without authorization to effect transactions in […]

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Oppenheimer Sued By Investors For Misconduct

Christopher Matthew Keeler Sr. of Stamford Connecticut a stockbroker formerly employed by Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $542,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) unauthorized oil and gas, mutual fund and equity trades were effected in the customer’s account (2) […]

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J.P Morgan Broker Caught Mismarking Trades Unsolicited

Joseph Leon Bess II of Edmond Oklahoma a stockbroker formerly registered with J.P. Morgan Securities has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Bess mismarked customer’s order tickets concerning exchange traded fund purchases. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and […]

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Boenning Scattergood Pays Back Excessive Commissions

Steven Wayne Vance of Newtown Pennsylvania a stockbroker currently registered with Boenning Scattergood Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint involving Vance’s activities that was settled on February 27, 2018 for $9,138.67 in damages based upon accusations that (1) the customer’s portfolio was allocated in unsuitable mutual fund investments given the customer’s […]

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MML Accused By Investors Of Annuity Fraud

Curt Giacobbe a stockbroker currently registered with MML Investors Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 25, 2016 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 founded on allegations that Giacobbe misrepresented information about a variable annuity that had been purchased by the customer and the […]

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Investors Sue Southeast Investments Risky Recommendations

Robert Ian Siegel of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Southeast Investments NC Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer was awarded $14,482.00 in damages based upon findings that while Siegel was associated with Southeast Investments NC Inc: (1) Siegel failed to inform the customer […]

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BBVA Blamed By Investors For Risky Investments

James David Armer of Albuquerque New Mexico a stockbroker formerly registered with BBVA Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 7, 2018 where the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon allegations that while associated with BBVA Securities Inc. Armer failed to inform the customer about […]

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Investors Sue TCM Securities For Massive Bond Fraud

James Hal Heafner (also known as Jim Heafner) of Charlotte North Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Taylor Capital Management Inc and former investment adviser representative of Retirement Wealth Advisors is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $268,015.79 in damages founded on allegations that (1) inappropriate […]

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Edward Jones Broker Barred In FINRA Theft Investigation

James Thomas Walters II of Macon Georgia a stockbroker formerly employed by Edward Jones has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on accusations that Walters neglected to provide a response to FINRA’s information request possibly concerning his termination from Edward Jones. FINRA Case No. 2018058353701 […]

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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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FINRA Bars Rogue Broker In Investigation

Abed William Lulu of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Worden Capital Management LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon allegations that Lulu failed to provide information to FINRA that had been requested of him. Case No. 2017055568801 (May 7, 2018). […]

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FINRA Bars Joseph Stone Broker In Investigation

Christopher Vincent Paul of Mineola New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on allegations that Paul failed to comply with FINRA’s request for information potentially relating to Paul’s employment separations after being subject of […]

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Investors Accuse Edward Jones Of Annuity Misconduct

Robert L. Friederich of Lake Zurich Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Edward Jones is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint which was settled on September 22, 2017 for $18,827.28 in damages founded on allegations that Friederich made inappropriate investment recommendations concerning the customer’s sale of mutual funds and purchase of single […]

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DesPain Broker Barred In Woodbridge Promissory Note Investigation

Jay R. Weiser of Collinsville Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by DesPain Financial Corporation has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Weiser failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation into accusations of hm selling promissory notes and securities interests away from […]

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Investor Accuses LPL Financial Of Index Annuity Fraud

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

William Frank Welsh of Williamsville New York a stockbroker currently employed by LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 14, 2016 where the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 founded on accusations that Welsh was placed into an indexed annuity that was not suitable for […]

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FINRA Nails Supervisor For Ignoring Misconduct Of Top Producer

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Abuse, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Jeffrey Duane Jacobson of Minneapolis Minnesota a stockbroker formerly employed by Dougherty Company LLC 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 Jacobson failed to supervise a registered representative that executed unsuitable investment transactions in a customer’s investment […]

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Investors Sue Oppenheimer For Failure to Supervise ETF Trades

James Francis Lowe of New York New York a stockbroker and supervisor currently registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $25,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Lowe failed to supervise one of the firm’s financial advisors servicing the customer’s account who […]

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Investors Accuse Invest Financial Of Unauthorized Trading

Johnathon Leland Cope of Canton Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Invest Financial Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on February 19, 2016 in which the customer sought $8,015.32 in damages supported by allegations that Cope effected the sale of a mutual fund in the customer’s account without procuring the customer’s […]

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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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Regulator Nails Cantone Research For Private Placement Fraud

Cantone Research Inc. a FINRA member brokerage firm headquartered in Tinton Falls New Jersey and its president Anthony Joseph Cantone have been sanctioned by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) according to a National Adjudicatory Council Decision containing findings that (1) the firm and Cantone made misrepresentations concerning securities sold through private placements (2) the firm […]

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Wells Fargo Sued By Investors For Annuity Misconduct

Richard William Schloss of Canton Ohio a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled to resolve allegations that Schloss inappropriately placed the customer’s assets in a variable annuity which exposed the customer to unnecessary surrender penalties and illiquidity. Financial […]

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LPL Sued By Investors For Wrongful ETF Strategy

Cory Ryan Burnell of Valley Springs California a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC and investment adviser representative of Blueprint Wealth Partners LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $500,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Burnell was responsible for the bad investment recommendations pertaining […]

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Investors Sue Newbridge Securities Corporation For Fraud

Sebastian George Bongiovanni of Staten Island a stockbroker currently employed by Newbridge Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $91,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) investment recommendations made to the customer were not suitable (2) unauthorized trades were executed in the customer’s account (3) […]

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New Jersey Charges Former Merrill Lynch Broker With Dishonest Business Practices

Kai Chong Cheng of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. and investment adviser representative and president of Affinity Capital Management LLC has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for five years from registering as an investment advisor according to a New Jersey Bureau of Securities Administrative Consent […]

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FINRA Fines CFD Investments For Failure To Supervise

January 19, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

CFD Investments Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in Kokomo Indiana has been censured and fined $125,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to supervise variable annuity recommendations and exchanges made by CFD Investments Inc. brokers. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2016048224201 (Jan. 10, […]

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Merrill Lynch Sanctioned In Bribery Theft Scheme For Failure To Supervise

Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in New York New York has been censured and fined $300,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to supervise a registered representative who defrauded a customer of the firm. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent […]

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Investors Accuse Morgan Stanley Of Annuity Fraud

John Jeffrey Clay of Washington District of Columbia a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on January 25, 2017 in which the customer sought unspecified damages based upon allegations that the customer was inappropriately sold a variable annuity investment in July of 2016. […]

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FINRA Fines Morgan Stanley For Failure To Supervise

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC a brokerage firm headquartered in New York New York has been censured and fined $10,000,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based in part upon the firm’s consent to findings that it failed to supervise its penny stock sales to ensure compliance with federal securities law. Letter of Acceptance Waiver […]

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Investor Accuses Morgan Stanley Of Fixed Income Fraud

Carlos Aurelio Alvarado of Houston Texas a stockbroker currently employed by Morgan Stanley is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 8, 2018 where the customer sought unspecified damages supported by accusations that between 2005 and 2018, Alvarado executed corporate debt transactions in the customer’s account that were not suitable for […]

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SunTrust Accused By Investors Of Annuity Fraud

Kevin James Farrow of Orlando Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by SunTrust Investment Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 4, 2016 in which the customer requested $24,758.12 in damages supported by accusations that Farrow made misrepresentations to the customer by stating that the variable annuity purchased […]

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FINRA Charges Morgan Stanley Brokers With Churning

Ami Kathryn Forte and Charles Joseph Lawrence of Palm Harbor Florida stockbrokers formerly employed by Morgan Stanley have been charged by Financial industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in a Complaint alleging that Forte and Lawrence (1) engaged in unsuitable trading of a disabled customer’s account (2) effected unauthorized trades and (3) churned the customer’s investment portfolio. […]

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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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Cetera Sanctioned For Failure To Supervise

Cetera Advisor Networks LLC a brokerage firm headquartered in El Segundo California has been censured and fined $700,000.00 founded on allegations that the firm neglected to supervise a registered representative who made unsuitable trades and mutual fund switches in customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2014040951702 (Dec. 19, 2018). According to the […]

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Ameriprise Sued By Investor For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Scott Allen Edwards of Minneapolis Minnesota a stockbroker currently registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which customers were awarded $13,652.29 in compensatory damages based on Edwards having been found liable on the customers’ claims that (1) Edwards negligently transacted in the customers’ accounts […]

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Merrill Lynch Sued By Investors For Failure To Supervise

Michael C. Rodriguez of Dallas Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been named in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $475,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Merrill Lynch or Rodriguez failed to supervise unit investment trust transactions that were placed in the customer’s […]

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Royal Alliance Supervisors Suspended For Failure To Supervise

December 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

James Edward Armstrong Sr. and his son James Edward Armstrong Jr. both of Wake Forest North Carolina and stockbrokers formerly registered with Royal Alliance Associates Inc. were fined and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that they failed to adequately supervise a […]

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Wedbush Chairman Investigated For Securities Fraud

December 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Edward William Wedbush of New York New York the President and Chairman of Wedbush Inc. (the parent company of Wedbush Securities Inc.) and registered representative of Wedbush Securities Inc. and Lime Brokerage LLC has been named in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Wells Notice in which FINRA made an initial decision to advise that […]

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Investors Sue Laidlaw For Private Placement Fraud

Kevin Richard Wilson of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $2,000,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that between 2010 and 2017, private placements sold to the customer were not appropriate. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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FINRA Expels Sandlapper Securities For Fraud

Sandlapper Securities LLC a broker dealer headquartered in Greenville South Carolina and Trevor Gordon (its majority owner and Chief Executive Officer) and Jack Bixler (its Chief Executive Officer) have been sanctioned by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) according to a FINRA Office of Hearing Officers Extended Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that (1) Sandlapper Securities […]

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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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