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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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Royal Alliance Broker Fired For Appointing Himself Beneficiary

Erven Joseph Frericks Jr. of Chesterfield Missouri a stockbroker formerly employed by Royal Alliance Associates Inc. has been discharged by the firm on May 11, 2018 supported by allegations that Frericks urged a customer to designate him as the beneficiary of half of the assets held in the customer’s annuity account. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority […]

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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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State Farm Broker Fired For Misuse Of Investor Funds

Perry Davis Stalvey of Bloomington Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with State Farm VP Management Corp. was discharged on February 6, 2018 based upon the firm’s allegations that Stalvey misused money that was provided to him by a customer of the firm pertaining to an investment transaction. FINRA Public Disclosure reveals that Stalvey is also […]

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Ameriprise Broker Admits To Unauthorized Trading of Customer Accounts

Timothy John Knutson of Saint James Minnesota a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for five months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he effected unauthorized transactions in Ameriprise Financial Services’ customer accounts. Letter […]

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Wells Fargo Broker Barred For Lying About Prior Misconduct

February 05, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Alfredo Caba of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors LLC has been fined $2,500.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Caba lied to Wells Fargo about being terminated for cause from J.P. Morgan Securities, […]

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UBS Broker Fired For Hiding Customer Complaints

February 05, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Tami Lynne Aloisa of Norfolk Virginia a stockbroker formerly registered with UBS Financial Services has been discharged by the firm on August 17, 2017 supported by allegations that (1) Aloisa failed to abide by the firm’s policies concerning customer complaints (2) Aloisa used unauthorized communication channels and (3) Aloisa provided unapproved documentation to a person […]

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Investors Accuse Raymond James Of Churning

Ryan Davis Wold of Edina Minnesota a stockbroker formerly employed by Raymond James Associates Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $27,000.00 on June 28, 2018 supported by accusations that between 2014 and 2017: (1) transactions were effected in the customer’s account that were not suitable […]

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Lincoln Financial Sued For Bad Investment Advice

Imran Nazir Razvi (also known as Raz Razvi) of Frederick Maryland a stockbroker formerly employed by Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon accusations that Razvi or another broker made unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer concerning […]

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Craig Scott Capital Broker Barred By FINRA

Craig Scott Taddonio of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Craig Scott Capital LLC is referenced in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) National Adjudicatory Council Decision which affirms FINRA’s Hearing Panel’s barring of Taddonio in all capacities based upon (1) Taddonio failing to reasonably supervise the firm and (5) Taddonio failing […]

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Meyers Associates Supervisor Barred For Failure To Supervise

February 05, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Boilerroom, FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Bruce Meyers of New York New York a broker formerly registered with Meyers Associates L.P. (now known as Windsor Street Capital L.P.) has been fined $20,000.00, barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any principal capacity, and suspended from associating with any FINRA member for six months according to a […]

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Ameriprise Broker Suspended For Failure To Pay Customer Settlement

Frederick Michael Miller of Flint Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Miller failed to report to FINRA whether he complied with a settlement agreement or an arbitration award. Case No. […]

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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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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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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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Raymond James Broker Fired For Falsifying Customer Information

January 29, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Barry Walter Wold of Edina Minnesota a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc. has been discharged by the firm on January 5, 2018 founded on accusations that (1) Wold did not abide by the firm’s policy concerning the switching of customers’ commission-based account to fee-based accounts (2) Wold potentially falsified information about his […]

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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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Investor Accuses Securities America Of Risky Recommendations

Richard Barry Haynes of Columbus Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Securities America Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on September 13, 2018 where the customer sought $13,180.00 in damages founded on allegations that the customer’s funds had been inappropriately allocated in speculative equities investments which led the customer to […]

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H. Beck Fires Broker For Altering Customer Documents

January 29, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Gary Clifford Smith of Southern Pines North Carolina a stockbroker formerly employed by H. Beck Inc. has been discharged by the firm on September 8, 2016 founded on accusations that Smith altered customer account documentation in violation of H. Beck policy. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that Smith has been identified in […]

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Merrill Lynch Broker Admits To Altering Customer Documents

January 29, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Adriane L Cagle of Peachtree City Georgia a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. 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 Cagle altered customer account documents without authorization. Letter of […]

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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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Wells Fargo Accused Of Preferred Stock Fraud

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Sanjay Mathur of Newport Beach California a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on August 3, 2017 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 supported by allegations that between July 12, 2016 and August 2, 2017: (1) Mathur placed the […]

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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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Landolt Securities Broker Barred In Regulatory Investigation

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Anthony Matthew Cottone of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Landolt Securities Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by allegations that Cottone had not cooperated with FINRA’s request for his information. Case No. 2018059266101 (Dec. 10, 2018). According to FINRA Public […]

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Crazy Pro Se Customer Sues Brokerage Firm Over Chinese Penny Stock

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Jason Hallmark of Los Angeles California fileda customer initiated investment related arbitration claim against John David Rukenbrod of Cleveland Ohio a stockbroker formerly employed by Financial America Securities Inc. where Hallmark sought $337,500.00 in damages because Rukenbrod caused the “unauthorized and allegedly fraudent transfer of 450,000 common stock shares in AMARU, Inc.,” a Chinese Penny […]

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Customer Accuses Wells Fargo of $500,000 Fraud

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Mitchell Steven Rock of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 3, 2018 where the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that between January 19, 2017 and September 29, 2017: (1) Rock made misrepresentations to […]

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Santander Securities Continues To Be Sued By Investors For Fraud

Luis Currais Lopez of Dorchester Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly registered with Santander Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $65,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) fiduciary duties were breached (2) the customer was falsely induced into inaction upon discovering volatility in the customer’s […]

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World Capital Broker Barred For Falsifying Documents

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Mark Isidore Lamendola of Cranberry Township Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with World Capital Brokerage Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Lamendola made misrepresentations to a customer and falsified documents pertaining to a customer’s annuity purchase and […]

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Investors Sue VSR Financial For Failure to Conduct Due Diligence

Scott Vincent Kaup of Stuart Nebraska a stockbroker formerly registered with VSR Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $2,600,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) misrepresentations and omissions had been made to the customer concerning investments (2) real estate security and direct […]

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BMO Harris Financial Blamed For Annuity Investment

Paul Dennis Benish of Janesville Wisconsin a stockbroker formerly employed by BMO Harris Financial Advisors Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on September 23, 2016 where the customer sought $44,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) the terms and conditions of a variable annuity investment sold to the customer had […]

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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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SII Investments Broker Fired For Annuity Misconduct

Rohin Lawrence Ullberg of Flossmoor Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by SII Investments Inc. has been terminated from employment on September 9, 2016 during a time that Ullberg had been investigated internally by the firm for purportedly making unsuitable recommendations to customers of the firm regarding the liquidation of their annuity investments. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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LPL Financial Sued By Investors For Annuity Fraud

Gary T. Plessl of Allentown Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim on February 28, 2017 where the customer sought $250,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning the customer’s investments in variable annuities and […]

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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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Investors Sue World Equity Group For Negligence

Richard Steven Babjak Jr. of Arlington Heights Illinois the president of World Equity Group Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $14,500.00 in damages supported by accusations that contractual obligations to the customer had been breached and the customer’s account was handled in a negligent manner. Financial […]

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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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Investors Sue BMO Harris Over Handling Of Trust Accounts

Craig Robert Kowitt of Libertyville Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with BMO Harris Financial Advisors Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested as much as $70,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that Kowitt breached his contractual obligations to the customer and violated regulatory rules and securities […]

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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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SunTrust Broker Discharged For Altering Investor Documentation

January 19, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Ahmet Kildis of Hudson Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with SunTrust Investment Services Inc. has been discharged by the firm on March 13, 2018 based upon accusations that Kildis modified a customer’s signed documentation in violation of the firm’s policies. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that Kildis has been identified in two […]

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Centaurus Financial Sued By Investors For Bad Investments

Ricky Alan Mantei of Lexington South Carolina a stockbroker currently registered with Centaurus Financial Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that Mantei was responsible for bad investment recommendations made to a customer concerning real estate security, corporate debt […]

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Sigma Financial Broker Fined For Unauthorized Trading

Gregory Joseph Rusnak of St. Charles Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Sigma Financial Corporation 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 Rusnak executed unauthorized trades in the accounts of Sigma Financial Corporation customers. Letter of Acceptance […]

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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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Investors Sue Sterne Agee Leach For Fraud

Aaron Lupuloff of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Sterne Agee Leach Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $5,005,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer was defrauded by being sold taxable revenue bonds. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. 18-02134 (Aug. […]

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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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Investors Sue Oppenheimer For Options Losses

January 19, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Options, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Kenneth A. Rubin of Danbury Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $12,500.00 in damages founded on accusations that Rubin made unsuitable options recommendations to the customer. FINRA Arbitration No. 16-03278 (Apr. 19, 2017). Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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Newbridge Broker Caught Selling Away

Dennis Allen Hayes of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Newbridge Securities Corporation has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Department of Enforcement in a Complaint alleging that (1) Hayes sold away from Newbridge Securities Corporation (2) Hayes failed to document his communications with the firm regarding his activities and (3) […]

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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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Investors Sue Rhodes Securities For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Marilyn Ruth Zehntner of Forth Worth Texas a stockbroker currently registered with Rhodes Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $250,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that fiduciary duties owed to the customer had been breached; trades effected in the customer’s account were not […]

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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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MML Investors Blamed For Defective Investment Advice

Nicola Ottavio Caporaso of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $20,000.00 on January 26, 2018 supported by allegations that (1) Caporaso inappropriately advised customers to surrender their annuity investments and use the proceeds for managed account investments […]

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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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WFG Sued For Private Placement Fraud

James Aloysius Conwell II of Daphne Alabama a stockbroker formerly registered with WFG Investments Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $155,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) misrepresentations and omissions were made to the customer concerning private placement stocks and (2) no sufficient […]

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Investors Sue Sigma Financial Excessive Trading

Glenn Eugene Kendall of Tinley Park Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Sigma Financial Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 4, 2016 where the customer requested $40,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that between 2015 and 2016: (1) Kendall excessively traded over-the-counter equities and stocks in the […]

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Investors Continue to Sue Morgan Stanley For ETF Misconduct

Veronica Lopez-Lopez (also known as Rosa Veronica Lopez-Lopez) of Miami Florida a stockbroker currently employed by Morgan Stanley is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 16, 2016 where the customer requested unspecified damages based upon allegations that Lopez-Lopez effected inappropriate exchange traded funds and corporate debt transactions in the customer’s […]

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Investors Sue JP Morgan Securities For Misrepresentation

Jerry Michael Rayburn of Lake Grove New York a stockbroker currently registered with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $74,927.40 in damages founded on accusations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning the customer’s investments in mutual funds […]

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Regulator Catches LPL Broker Alterting Documents

January 06, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Marie P. Goforth of San Antonio Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by LPL Financial LLC has been suspended by the Texas State Securities Commissioner from engaging in securities business in the State of Texas according to findings that Goforth maintained blank forms signed by customers and reused customer signatures to effect securities transactions. Acceptance Waiver […]

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MML Investor Services Broker Caught Lying By Regulators

January 06, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Matthew Stanley Sinclair of Elmsford New York a stockbroker currently registered with MML Investors Services LLC has been fined by State of New York Department of Financial Services supported by accusations that Sinclair gave a customer life insurance documentation containing false information. Case No. 2017-0056-S (May 19, 2017). Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure […]

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BPU Investment Accused Of Customer Misconduct

William Richard Berkowitz of Pittsburg Pennsylvania a stockbroker currently registered with BPU Investment Management Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on January 9, 2017 where the customer sought $6,100.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) Berkowitz executed the liquidation of the customer’s accounts without the customer’s permission and […]

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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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Investors Sue Merrill Lynch For Unauthorized Trading

John Richard Henderson of Sarasota Florida a stockbroker formerly currently with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on September 6, 2016 where the customer requested unspecified damages founded on allegations that unauthorized over-the-counter equities trades were effected in the customer’s account. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority […]

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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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Investors Sue Merrill Lynch For Churning

Brad Roger Nettune of Summit New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $6,000,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) the customer’s account was churned and (2) unsuitable over-the-counter equities recommendations were made […]

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Oppenheimer Broker Suspended For Bad Recommendations

Peter Chris Marketos of Paramus New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Oppenheimer Co Inc. and Raymond James Associates Inc. has been fined $20,000.00 and suspended for one year from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Marketos made unsuitable investment recommendations to […]

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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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Investors Sue LPL Financial For Negligence

December 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Brenda Kay Rafferty (also known as Brenda O’Neal) of San Diego California a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $40,000.00 in damages supported by accusations against Rafferty of negligence pertaining to the distribution of the customer’s individual retirement account. Financial […]

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Investors Sue Merrill Lynch For Unauthorized Trading

Susan E. Regan (also known as Susan Marie Eustace) of Westfield New Jersey a stockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $140,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) misrepresentations and omissions were made in regard to […]

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Stifel Nicolaus Blamed By Investors For Bad Trades

Francine Louise Foerst of Goshen New York a stockbroker currently employed by Stifel Nicolaus Company Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on March 6, 2017 in which the customer sought $27,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that the customer was placed in inappropriate stock positions between January of 2015 […]

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FINRA Suspends UBS Broker For Failure To Pay Award

December 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Steven Douglas Wood of Warren New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he failed to pay a $301,432.00 Arbitration Award after being found liable for defrauding a customer. FINRA […]

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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 Bars Henley Broker For Obstructing Investigation

Mitchell Allen Kurtz of Roslyn Heights New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Henley Company LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he obstructed a FINRA investigation into accusations that Kurtz violated Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and FINRA […]

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Investor Sues Cambridge Investment Research For Fraud

Garry Charles Hill Jr. of Birmingham Alabama a stockbroker currently registered with Cambridge Investment Research Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $75,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) a variable annuity transaction was executed in violation of FINRA Rules (2) transactions were effected in the […]

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Investor Accuses Centaurus Financial Of Fraud

December 13, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Robert Joseph Binkele of Indian Wells California a stockbroker currently registered with Centaurus Financial Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 9, 2018 in which the customer requested $125,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer (2) the customer had been defrauded […]

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FINRA Bars Citigroup Broker For Failure To Cooperate

Mark Joseph Flanagan of Highland Park Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Flanagan obstructed a FINRA investigation into his alleged unauthorized and unsuitable transactions. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and […]

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Investors Sue Wells Fargo For Bad Investment Strategy

William Joseph Dumchus of Westfield New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested at least $350,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that between 2006 and 2017, Dumchus placed the customer in an inappropriate stock-based investment strategy. Financial […]

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Avenir Broker Fails To Pay Arbitration Award

Cesar Omar Rodriguez of Bloomingdale Illinois a branch office manager formerly employed by Avenir Financial Group has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by accusations that Rodriguez failed to fully pay an arbitration award to a customer. Case No. 15-02744 (Oct. 23, 2018). FINRA Public […]

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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 Win Damages Against IBN Financial For Churning

Colin Anderson Archer of Liverpool New York a stockbroker currently registered with IBN Financial Services Inc. and representative of Meyers Associates L.P. has been ordered to pay a customer $17,940.28 in damages according to a FINRA arbitration in which Archer was found liable on the customer’s claims that Archer churned the customer’s account, breached his […]

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Morgan Stanley Terminates Broker For Unauthorized Trading

Frank David Sardano of Toms River New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management has been terminated by the firm on October 1, 2018 founded on accusations that Sardano exercised discretion in the accounts of Morgan Stanley customers. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure also reveals that on June 3, 2005, a […]

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