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Investors Sue Wunderlich Securities For Misrepresentation

Michael James Hebner of Flint Michigan a stockbroker formerly employed by Wunderlich Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $15,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) Wunderlich Securities failed to supervise Hebner’s trading in the customer’s account (2) misrepresentations had been made to the customer […]

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International Assets Advisory Stockbroker Terminated For Cause

Thomas Edmund Connors of Toms River New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by International Assets Advisory LLC has been discharged by the firm on November 6, 2017 supported by accusations that Connors spoke with customers of the firm during the time that he was suspended by FINRA for engaging in outside business activities. Specifically, Financial […]

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Investors Sue Trident Partners for Unsuitable Investment Recommendations

Theodore Allocca Jr. of Woodbury New York a stockbroker currently employed by Trident Partners Ltd. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $370,486.00 in damages founded on accusations that common and preferred stock transactions executed in the customer’s account were not suitable for the customer given the […]

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NYLife Sued By Investors For Misrepresentation

Amr Mostafa Amboulmagd of Horsham Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly employed by NYLife Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $15,834.58 in damages on May 30, 2017 founded on accusations that Amboulmagd made misrepresentations to the customer with respect to the fees and guarantees on a variable […]

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Investors Sue SagePoint Financial For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Dean Thomas Nicholson of Summerfield Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with SagePoint Financial Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $30,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) SagePoint Financial failed to supervise the transactions placed in the customer’s account (2) the customer’s investment related contract had […]

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Royal Alliance Sued By Investors For Stockbroker’s Sale Of Unregistered Securities

Darrin Barton Farrow of Rocky River Ohio a stockbroker formerly employed by Royal Alliance Associates Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $250,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that the customer was sold unregistered securities during the time Farrow was associated with Royal Alliance Associates […]

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Investors Accuse NEXT Financial Of Unsuitable REIT Recommendations

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

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Woodstock Financial Sued By Investors For Fraud

John Michael Tinnelly of Hawthorne New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Woodstock Financial Group is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) over-the-counter equities trades executed in the customer’s account were not suitable for the customer given the customer’s investment […]

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Investors Sue Oppenheimer For Securities Fraud

Matthew J. Giannone of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $45,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer (2) the customer’s account was mishandled (3) contractual obligations to […]

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National Securities Corporation Sued For Negligence

Matthew Fleissner of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by National Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $300,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) there was a breach of the customer’s contract (2) the account was negligently administered (3) fiduciary duties […]

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Cetera Stockbroker Barred By FINRA In Investigation

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

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COR Clearing Stockbroker Suspended For Failure To Pay Award

Christopher Michael Cervino (Christopher Michael Smith) a stockbroker formerly registered with Prime Capital LLC and COR Clearing LLC has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by accusations that Cervino neglected to pay a customer $595,000.00 compensatory damages and $250,000.00 in punitive damages as provided in […]

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Investors Sue Wilmington Capital Over Defective Investments

Michael Christopher Lastihenos of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Wilmington Capital Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $120,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Lastihenos executed unsuitable stock purchases in the customers’ individual retirement accounts and brokerage account causing the customers […]

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Regulator Suspends LPL Stockbroker For Wrongful Investment Strategy

Jason N. Anderson of Beaumont Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC has been suspended for three months from being an investment adviser representative in the State of Texas according to a Disciplinary Order issued by the Texas State Securities Board Order containing findings that Andersons provided investors with investment recommendations that were […]

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Investors Sue Wells Fargo Over Bad Foreign Investments

John William Hoekman of New York 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 $390,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) omissions had been made to the customer during a time that the customer was steered by […]

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Aegis Sued By Investors For Unauthorized Trading

Rick John Sande of Melville New York a stockbroker currently employed by Aegis Capital Corp is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $12,334.53 in damages founded on allegations that (1) investment recommendations which had been made to the customer failed to be suitable given the customer’s objectives […]

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Investors Sue IBN Over Alternative Investments

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

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Cambridge Investment Research Sued For Stockbroker Theft

Francesco Puccio of Pittsford New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Cambridge Investment Research Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $130,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) Puccio placed the customer in annuities and life insurance products that were not suitable for the customer […]

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Investors Sue Legend Securities For Churning

Christopher Frederic Veale (also known as Chris Veale) of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Legend Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $150,000.00 in compensatory and punitive damages supported by accusations that (1) Veale churned the customer’s investment account (2) Veale charged […]

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Investors Sue Triad Advisors For Fraud

Liam Gerard O’Keeffe of Danbury Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with Triad Advisors is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $65,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that between 2001 and 2016: (1) bad investment recommendations were made to the customer and (2) misrepresentations had been made concerning the […]

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NYLife Accused By Investors Of Misrepresentation

John Joseph Rocco Jr. of Wakefield Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly employed by NYLife Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated complaint which was resolved on April 25, 2019 for $190,000.00 founded on allegations that (1) misrepresentations had been made by Rocco in regard to mutual fund and insurance products sold to the customer […]

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Investors Sue LPL Financial For Unauthorized Trading

Charles Caleb Fackrell of Yadkinville North Carolina a stockbroker formerly employed by LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought compensatory damages founded on accusations that (1) penny stock and equities trades were placed in the customer’s account by Fackrell even though Fackrell lacked […]

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FINRA Bars First Allied Stockbroker For Ignoring Inquiry

Gregory Alan Levine (also known as Greg Alan Levine) of Fort Lauderdale Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by First Allied Securities has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by accusations that Levine neglected to respond to an inquiry that FINRA made regarding his activities possibly […]

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Investors Sue Woodstock Financial For Securities Fraud

Barry Michael Kiront of Garden City New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Woodstock Financial Group Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $699,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) the customer’s investment transactions were executed in a negligent fashion (2) the customer’s contract with […]

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Moloney Securities Sued By Investors For Fraud

Thomas G. Gresham (also known as Tom Gresham) of Overland Park Kansas a stockbroker currently registered with Moloney Securities Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $495,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) Moloney Securities Co. and UBS Financial Services Inc. collectively failed to […]

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Investors Sue Windsor Street For Unsuitable Investment Advice

Ibrahim Ethem Kurtulus of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Windsor Street Capital LP is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $14,999.99 in damages based upon allegations that Kurtulus gave the customer bad advice concerning stocks that were placed in the customer’s investment account while […]

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Stifel Nicholas Sued By Investors For Churning

Charles John Obryant III of Raleigh North Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Stifel Nicholas Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $330,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) stock trades effected in the customer’s account failed to be suitable for the customer given […]

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Investors Sue Janney Montgomery Scott For Unsuitable Investment Advice

Christopher David Sinkula of Stuart Florida a stockbroker currently employed by Janney Montgomery Scott LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $40,000.00 based upon allegations that the customer was placed in common or preferred stock by Sinkula when those investments were inappropriate for the customer given the […]

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HD Vest Stockbroker Sanctioned For Unauthorized Trading

Frank H. Kelly of New Cumberland Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly employed by HD Vest investment Services has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon Kelly’s consent to findings that (1) Kelly exercised discretion in customer accounts without obtaining written authorization and (2) […]

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Morgan Stanley Stockbroker Suspended For Failure To Pay Arbitration Award

Jeffrey Michael Johnson (also known as Jeff Michael Johnson) of Birmingham Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Johnson failed to comply with the terms of a FINRA Arbitration Award. Case No. […]

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Global Strategic Investments Sued For Misrepresentation

Alejandro Ariel Torres of Miami Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Global Strategic Investments LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $32,500.00 in damages founded on accusations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer by Torres in regard to the customer’s investments and (2) investments […]

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National Securities Corp Sued By Investor For Negligence

Marc Anthony Arena of Westbury Connecticut a stockbroker formerly employed by National Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $400,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) Arena breached his contractual obligations to the customer (2) Arena negligently transacted in the customer’s account (3) Arena breached […]

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FINRA Suspends Legend Securities Stockbroker For Falsifying Records

Francis Louis Smookler Jr. (also known as Frank Smookler) of Syosset New York a stockbroker formerly registered with 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 findings that Smookler falsified Legend Securities’ records and books regarding trades he effected […]

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

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

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FINRA Bars Global Arena Stockbroker For Failure To Pay Arbitration Award

Richard Edward Bohack of Global Arena Capital Corp has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon allegations that Bohack failed to comply with his obligation to pay compensatory damages to a customer who prevailed in a claim containing allegations that Bohack gave bad advice and […]

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Morgan Stanley Sued In Promissory Note Scheme

Brian Carey Sak of Deerfield Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $30,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Sak failed to repay the customer funds that were due according to the terms of promissory notes executed by Sak and […]

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FINRA Bars Securities America Stockbroker In Investigation

Michael Anthony Bastardi of Warwick New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Securities America Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on accusations that Bastardi failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations that Bastardi hindered a FINRA investigation concerning accusations that (1) […]

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Centaurus Financial Sued In Alternative Investments Debacle

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

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UBS Accused By Investors of Churning

William Jeffrey Carlton of Vienna Virginia a stockbroker currently employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint which was resolved for $657,998.24 in damages on May 24, 2017 founded on allegations that between January 4, 2016 and February 23, 2017: (1) excessive exchange traded fund trades were executed […]

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SEC Sanctions Alluvion Stockbroker For Stealing

John Sherman Jumper of Memphis Tennessee a stockbroker formerly registered with Alluvion Securities LLC is the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings Pursuant to Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 15(b) and Investment Advisers Act Section 203(f) in which SEC is considering barring Jumper from being a securities broker […]

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Investor Sues Buckman Reid For Private Placement Fraud

William Louis Baumner IV of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Buckman Buckman Reid Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $10,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer was placed into an unsuitable private placement investment while Baumner was associated with the […]

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Morgan Stanley Sued By Investors For Churning

Jeffrey Neil Cadan of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim that settled for $1,200,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that between 2011 and 2016, Cadan executed excessive government debt trades in the customer’s account causing the customers losses. Financial […]

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Investors Sue WFG For Bad Alternative Investments

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

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Wunderlich Stockbroker Barred In Investigation

David K. Mallett of Conway Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with Wunderlich Securities Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by allegations that Mallett disregarded a FINRA inquiry possibly concerning Mallett being discharged from Wunderlich Securities Inc. or Mallett being subject of customer initiated […]

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FINRA Bars First Standard Stockbroker In Investigation

Gabriel Block (also known as Gabe Block) of Red Bank New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with First Standard Financial has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by allegations that Block neglected to cooperate with an inquiry FINRA launched into Block’s activities. Case No. 2017052466301 […]

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Investors Capital Corp Sued By Investors For REIT Misconduct

Donnie Eugene Ingram of Winter Haven Florida a stockbroker associated with Cetera Advisors LLC and Investors Capital Corp. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $23,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Ingram executed unsuitable corporate debt and real estate investment trust trades in the customer’s account. Financial […]

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Investors Sue Voya Financial For Stockbroker Theft

Frederick Eugene Monroe Jr. (also known as Fred Monroe) of Albany New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Voya Financial Advisors Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related civil action brought in the Supreme Court of the State of New York where the customer sought $665,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that Monroe […]

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Investors Sue Popular Securities For Unsuitable Bond Recommendations

Jose R. Juanarena Ferrari of San Juan Puerto Rico a stockbroker formerly registered with Popular Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $125,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Ferrari made inappropriate investment recommendations to the customer concerning the purchases of closed end funds […]

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Investors Sue RBC For Unsuitable Municipal Bond Recommendations

Eugene Henry Freund of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by RBC Capital Markets LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $157,500.00 in damages founded on allegations that bad municipal debt investment transactions were executed in the customer’s account during the time Freund was associated […]

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TradingBlock Blamed By Investor For Losses

Joshua David Arnold (also known as Josh Arnold) of Edina Minnesota a stockbroker formerly registered with TradingBlock (also known as AOS Inc. and MoneyBlock) is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $64,500.00 on October 17, 2017 founded on accusations that the customer suffered unwarranted losses on common or […]

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Woodstock Financial Sued By Investors For Fraud

Michel Rene Lavelanet (also known as Michael Rene Lavelanet) of Garden City New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Woodstock Financial Group Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $699,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) the customer’s account was mishandled by Lavelanet (2) contractual obligations […]

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Laidlaw Company UK Ltd. Sued By Investors For Churning

Bryan Gabriel Mazliach of Fort Lauderdale Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Laidlaw Company UK Ltd. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $66,680.00 in damages founded on allegations that between 2015 and 2017: (1) transactions were executed in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the […]

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Titan Securities Sued By Investors For Selling Unregistered Investments

Rodger Sprouse of Overland Park Kansas a stockbroker currently employed by Titan Securities is the subject of an investment related civil action in the Circuit Court of Jackson County Missouri where the investor sought $210,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Sprouse sold the investor a structured cash flow investment through an undisclosed outside business […]

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America Northcoast Stockbroker Barred For Misconduct

Dominic Anthony Tropiano of Cleveland Ohio a stockbroker formerly registered with America Northcoast Securities Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Tropiano executed unauthorized trades in customer accounts (2) Tropiano made unsuitable investment recommendations to the firm’s customers […]

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Investors Accuse Wells Fargo With The Failure To Disclose Fees

Douglas Hart Birnie of Herndon Virginia a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 17, 2018 where the customer sought more than $5,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that on January 24, 2018: (1) omissions had been made to the customer […]

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UBS Stockbroker Suspended For Providing Unsuitable Investment Advice

Steven Paul Cooper of Century City California a stockbroker formerly employed by UBS Financial Services 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 (1) Cooper made bad investment recommendations to customers of the firm and (2) Cooper […]

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J.J. Hillard W.L Lyons Sued For Bad Direct Investments

Daniel J. Kempker of Holland Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with J.J.B. Hilliard W.L. Lyons LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $200,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that unsuitable direct participation program or limited partnership interest products had been sold to the customer which caused the […]

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Investors Sue SII Investments For Fraud In Connection With The Sale Of REITs

Jason Bradley Scarcella of Bartlesville Oklahoma a stockbroker formerly registered with SII Investments Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $35,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that Scarcella made false or misleading statements to the customer concerning the income and safety of real estate investment trust […]

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Merrill Lynch Accused Of Excessive Trading By Investors

Steven Michael Richardson of Walnut Creek California a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 11, 2019 in which the customer requested unspecified damages based upon accusations that between January 1, 2018 and June 7, 2018, excessive exchange traded fund […]

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Investors Accuse Morgan Stanley Unsuitable Bond Recommendations

Bryan Jeffrey Schon of Bloomfield Hills Michigan a stockbroker currently registered with Morgan Stanley is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 11, 2017 in which the customer requested unspecified damages supported by accusations that between 2014 and 2016, energy bond transactions effected in the customer’s account were not suitable […]

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SEC Bars Concorde Stockbroker For Fraud

Larry Steven Werbel of Chagrin Falls Ohio a stockbroker formerly registered with Concorde Investment Services LLC has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a stockbroker or investment adviser representative or otherwise associating with securities broker dealers or investment advisories according to an Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings Pursuant To Investment Advisers Act […]

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Hennion Walsh Sued By Investors For Churning

Mamode Abdullah Oozeerally (also known as Sony Oozeerally) of Parsippany New Jersey a stockbroker currently employed by Hennion Walsh Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) unauthorized trades were executed in the customer’s investment account (2) the […]

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Regulators Sanctions Cetera Stockbroker For Selling Away

Ken Alan Balser of Colorado Springs Colorado a stockbroker formerly employed by Cetera Advisors LLC is referenced in a Colorado Division of Securities Stipulation and Consent Order which revoked Balser’s sales representative licensure and investment adviser license based upon the Division’s findings that Balser sold investments to customers away from Cetera Advisors LLC. Case No. […]

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Investors Sue J.D. Nicholas Associates For Churning

Nicholas George Tsikitas of Melville New York of Syosset New York a stockbroker formerly employed by J.D. Nicholas Associates Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $425,928.00 in damages based upon allegations that in reference to the customer’s options and equities investments: (1) unauthorized transactions were […]

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Investors Sue Allstate Financial For Failure To Supervise

Paul Joseph Godlewski of Coatesville Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with Allstate Financial Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $28,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) Godlewski solicited a customer’s private placement investment outside the firm’s auspices causing a customer losses and (2) Allstate […]

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Wells Fargo Stockbroker Sanctioned For Sale of Unsuitable Investments

Richard Alan Shotz of Daytona Beach Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is the subject of an Order issued by the State of Maryland Securities Division revoking Shotz’s securities registration in the state based upon Shotz’s failure to respond to an Order To Show Cause relating to Shotz’s fine and […]

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Investors Accuse AXA Advisors Of Fraud

Anthony Joseph D’Angelo of Los Angeles California a stockbroker currently registered with AXA Advisors LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 4, 2018 where the customer sought $34,186.74 in damages based upon allegations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer by D’Angelo in regard to the […]

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Northwestern Mutual Stockbroker Barred In Theft Investigation

Sampson Pearson Jr. of Charlotte North Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by accusations that Pearson declined to cooperate with a FINRA information request. Case No. 2017054269301 (Sept. 22, 2017). According to FINRA Public […]

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SEC Charges Comprehensive Asset Management Stockbroker With Fraud

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

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Salomon Whitney Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Wayne Fitzgerald Ford of Farmingdale New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Salomon Whitney Financial is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $17,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) transactions effected in the customer’s account violated Louisiana Securities Act (2) fiduciary duties to the customer had been […]

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SEC Bars Stifel Nicolaus Stockbroker For Fraud

Jon Brett Schmidhammer of Dublin Ohio a stockbroker formerly employed by Stifel Nicolaus Company Inc. has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from being a stockbroker or investment adviser representative or otherwise associating with securities broker dealers or investment advisors according to an Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings Pursuant To Securities Exchange Act of […]

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H. Beck Sued By Investor For Bad Investment Advice

James Henry Dresselaers of Bethesda Maryland a stockbroker formerly registered with H. Beck Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $255,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) Dresselaers made omissions to the customer concerning the risks of exchange traded funds and (2) Dresselaers gave the customer […]

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Investors Sue Santander For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Hortensia Llavat Tilen of San Juan Puerto Rico a stockbroker formerly employed by Santander Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $3,000,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) the firm failed to supervise Tilen’s closed-end funds and municipal debt transactions in the customer’s account […]

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Morgan Stanley Fires Stockbroker For Trading Practices

Henry Grinberg of Aventura Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley has been terminated from the firm on June 8, 2018 while under investigation of Grinberg’s suspicious activities concerning trades placed in customer accounts. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally reveals that Grinberg is referenced in three customer initiated investment related disputes […]

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PFS Sued For Stockbroker’s Sale of Outside Investments

Perry De Leeuw of Duluth Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with PFS Investments Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer sustained losses on money provided to Leeuw for an outside business investment that Leeuw supposedly concealed from […]

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Regulator Sanctions Moors Cabot Stockbroker For Suitability

Phillip Robert Cheney Jr. of Norwell Massachusetts a stockbroker currently registered with Moors Cabot Inc. has been sanctioned by the State of Massachusetts Securities Division based upon findings that Cheney has been subject of customer disputes and has been terminated from at least one securities broker dealer founded on accusations of Cheney’s unsuitable investment transactions […]

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GF Investment Services Accused Of Selling Unregistered Securities

Christopher Grant Conness of Fort Lauderdale Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by G.F. Investment Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 16, 2018 in which the customer requested $100,001.00 in damages founded on allegations that Conness and GF Investment Services LLC permitted or otherwise failed to prevent […]

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Investors Sue America Northcoast For Misconduct

Dominic Anthony Tropiano of Cleveland Ohio a stockbroker formerly registered with America Northcoast Securities is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $250,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) unauthorized transactions were effected in the customer’s account (2) leveraged exchange traded fund transactions were not suitable for […]

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TFS Stockbroker Suspended For Failure To Pay Arbitration Award

Francis Joseph Gendlek of East Brunswick New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by IFS Securities and TFS Securities has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by allegations that Gendlek neglected to cooperate with the terms of a FINRA Arbitration Award. FINRA Arbitration No. 17-00637 (Apr. […]

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Portfolio Advisors Alliance Sued For Failure To Supervise

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

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Investors Accuse Morgan Stanley Of Unauthorized Trading

Rick Alan Davidson of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint on May 15, 2017 where the customer sought $21,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that unauthorized corporate debt trades were executed in the customer’s account while Davidson was associated with […]

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Park Avenue Sued By Investors In Global Credit Recovery Scheme

John C. Howley (also known as Jack C. Howley) of Rumson New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Park Avenue Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related civil action brought in the Superior Court of New Jersey in which the customer requested $1,000,000.00 in damages and an unspecified amount of punitive damages […]

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Securities Arbitration Filed Against Robinhood Financial In Cyber-Theft Case

On May 8, 2019, the Guiliano Law Group, P.C., filed an arbitration claim against Robinhood Financial, L.L.C. of Menlo Park, California and its clearing firm, Robinhood Securities, L.L.C. of Lake Mary, Florida in connection with the theft or cyber-theft of funds from customer securities accounts by unknown third parties. According to the Statement of Claim […]

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Buckman Buckman Reid Admits To Failure To Supervise Rogue Brokers

Buckman Buckman Reid Inc. a securities broker dealer headquartered in Little Silver New Jersey has been censured by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon findings that (1) Buckman Buckman Reid Inc. neglected to create and implement a supervision system and written supervisory procedures regarding the suitability of trades recommended by stockbrokers of the firm […]

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Ameriprise Stockbroker Sanctioned For Outside Activities

Corey Lee Mireau of Eden Prairie Minnesota a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. has been fined $15,000.00 and suspended for two years from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Mireau engaged in unapproved outside business activities (2) Mireau executed […]

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Investors Sue Santander Securities For Fraud

Arturo Colon of Mayaguez Puerto Rico a stockbroker formerly employed by Santander Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $150,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) the customer’s account transactions had been negligently administered (2) contractual obligations were breached (3) securities rules and […]

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HD Vest Stockbroker Barred In Investigation

Erin Lynn Verespy of Trumbull Connecticut a stockbroker formerly employed by HD Vest Investment Services has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Verespy neglected to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into accusations that funds belonging to a customer had been […]

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Aegis Capital Stockbroker Barred By FINRA For Churning

James Bradley Schwartz (also known as Jim Schwartz) of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Aegis Capital Corp has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that (1) Schwartz executed trades in the customer’s account […]

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Edward Jones Blamed By Investors For Unauthorized Trading

Jay Thompson Humphreys of Golden Valley Minnesota a stockbroker formerly employed by Edward Jones is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on May 1, 2018 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon accusations that between March of 2017 and April of 2017, unauthorized stock trades were effected in […]

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Oppenheimer Accused By Investors Of Churning

Patrick Jude Esparrago of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 17, 2017 in which the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 founded on accusations that between June of 2014 and December of 2015: (1) the customer […]

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Raymond James Sued By Investors For Negligence

Ralph Wilson Smith of Valdosta Georgia a stockbroker formerly employed by Raymond James Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $320,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) the customer’s account transactions were negligently administered (2) contractual obligations were breached by the firm (3) fiduciary […]

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Investors Sue UBS Financial For Excessive Trading

Matthew Stern Buchsbaum of New York New York a stockbroker currently registered with UBS Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $1,000,00.00 in damages based upon accusations that between March of 2017 and March of 2019: (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer […]

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Southeast Investments Stockbroker Barred For Fraudulent Customer Loans

Michael Paul Lessard Jr. of Rock Hill South Carolina a stockbroker formerly employed by Southeast Investments N.C. Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Lessard engaged in unauthorized customer loan agreements while registered with Southeast Investments N.C. Inc. and […]

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National Securities Corp Sued For Unauthorized Trading

Thomas Edison Kelly Jr. of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $4,200,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of (1) bad stock transactions being executed in the customer’s account and (2) equity trades being effected in […]

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FINRA Bars HD Vest Stockbroker For In Investigation

Thomas H. Laws of Silver City New Mexico a stockbroker formerly employed by HD Vest Investment Services has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Laws failed to provide FINRA with recorded testimony in its investigation into allegations of Laws’ involvement […]

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UBS Stockbroker Discharged For Unauthorized Trading

William David Hobby of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker formerly employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. has been discharged by the firm on September 18, 2018 supported by accusations that (1) Hobby violated the firm’s customer complaint policy by neglecting to apprise the firm that he was subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint and […]

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Wells Fargo Accused By Investors Of Unauthorized Trading

Peter Michael Malis of Woodland Hills California a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint on December 7, 2017 where the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon allegations that while Malis was associated with Wells Fargo: (1) Malis executed unsuitable closed-end […]

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Investors Capital Blamed For Real Estate Securities Misconduct

Nina Sue Jessee (also known as Nina Campbell Jessee) of Abingdon Virginia a stockbroker formerly employed by Investors Capital Corp. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $20,000.00 on February 13, 2019 based upon accusations that the customer was placed in real estate securities which were inappropriate […]

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Money Concepts Accused By Investors Of Fraud

Ray Gene Reese of Farmington Missouri a stockbroker formerly registered with Money Concepts Capital Corp is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint on May 8, 2018 where the customer requested $75,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of misrepresentations being made to the customer concerning the liquidity of a real estate security sold […]

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FINRA Fines American Portfolio Stockbroker For Selling Away

Gary Arthur Forrest of Flint Michigan a stockbroker formerly employed by American Portfolio Financial Services has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for ten months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Forrest engaged in unapproved private securities transactions. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and […]

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Worden Capital Sued By Investors For Fraud

Sean P. McCabe of Melville New York a stockbroker currently registered with Worden Capital Management LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $17,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that between May 17, 2017 and September 28, 2017: (1) inappropriate investment recommendations had been made to the […]

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Investors Sue Network 1 For Private Placement Fraud

Patrick Nicholas Teutonico of Seaford New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Network 1 Financial Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $145,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) Teutonico effected unsuitable transactions in the customer’s account and (2) Network 1 Financial Securities […]

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Investors Sue Sigma Financial For Fraud

Richard Marvin Muhlberg of Cherry Hill New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Sigma Financial Corporation and Sigma Planning Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer was awarded $17,900.00 in compensatory damages based upon Muhlberg being found liable on the customer’s claims that (1) real estate investment trust […]

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FINRA Sanctions EDI Stockbroker For Unauthorized Trading

William Stafford Thurmond of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by EDI Financial Inc. has been fined $25,000.00 and suspended for fifteen months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Thurmond executed unauthorized trades in the customer’s account and (2) […]

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Investors Accuse Wells Fargo Of Stock Fraud

Apostolos Nicholas Papadea of Columbia South Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $24,000.00 on January 17, 2017 based upon allegations of (1) omissions and misrepresentations being made to the customer concerning the risks of mutual funds […]

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SEC Bars Meyers Associates Stockbroker For Fraud

Naveed Akhtar Khan (also known as Nicholas Khan) of Staten Island New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Meyers Associates L.P. has been barred by Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) from being an investment adviser or stockbroker or working at firms advising investors or selling investors securities according to an Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings Pursuant to […]

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JP Morgan Blamed By Investors For Bad Advice

Brian Nicholas Degrado of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker currently employed by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on January 30, 2019 where the customer sought $16,566.55 in damages supported by accusations that investment recommendations made to the customer were not suitable causing losses on the customer’s managed […]

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Stifel Nicolaus Sued By Investors For Fraud

Stephen Paul Courtney of Pasadena California a stockbroker currently employed by Stifel Nicolaus Company Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $238,050.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) transactions were effected in violation of the securities laws of the State of California (2) misrepresentations and […]

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Investors Accuse Morgan Stanley Of Excessive Trading

James Samuel Mewhinney III of Dallas Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 19, 2018 in which the customer requested $550,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that while Mewhinney was associated with Morgan Stanley: (1) Mewhinney effected trades in the customer’s […]

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Oriental Financial Sued By Investors For Fraud

Pedro Juan Rodriguez Rivera of San Juan Puerto Rico a stockbroker formerly registered with Oriental Financial Services Corp. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $463,417.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning the risks of investments chosen […]

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Moorestown Stockbroker Admits To Unauthorized Trading

Farrukh Shazad Kazmi of Moorestown New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services Inc. has been fined $20,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to an Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that (1) Kazmi made unauthorized trades in customer […]

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Investors Sue Laidlaw Company For Churning

Nicholas Sabellico of Fort Lauderdale Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Laidlaw Company (UK) Ltd. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $25,413.00 in damages supported by accusations that between 2015 and 2017: (1) transactions executed in the customer’s account were in no way appropriate for […]

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RBC Capital Sued By Investors For Unauthorized Trading

James Frederick Sowerine of Billings Montana a stockbroker currently employed by RBC Capital Markets LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $80,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) Sowerine executed unauthorized trades in the customer’s account and (2) Sowerine inappropriately placed the customer in energy sector […]

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Newbridge Stockbroker Barred For Selling Away

Dennis Allen Hayes of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Newbridge Securities Corporation has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a FINRA Office of Hearing Officers Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that (1) Hayes engaged in private securities transactions while […]

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Merrill Lynch Sued By Investors For Municipal Bond Fraud

Derek David Rosenberg of Las Vegas Nevada a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $70,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning municipal debt investments selected for the customer’s account […]

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Investors Accuse WFG Investments Of Exchange Trades Notes Fraud

Damian Marlon Bell of Daphne Alabama a stockbroker formerly employed by WFG Investments is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint on June 15, 2018 where the customer sought $72,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that the customer was placed into unsuitable exchange traded note and mutual fund products; and was assessed unwarranted […]

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Investors Sue UBS Financial For Hedge Fund Fraud

Carolyn Marie Thur of Chicago Illinois of Oakbrook Terrace Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with UBS Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $225,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) omissions had been made to the customer concerning the risks, portfolio composition […]

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FINRA Bars Coastal Equities Brokers For Churning

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Sam Aziz (also known as Sam Yehya and Sam Azizieh) of Dublin Ohio a stockbroker formerly registered with Costal Equities Inc. and David A. Noyes Company has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Aziz failed to cooperate with FINRA in […]

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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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FINRA Suspends Garden State Broker In Investigation

Garland Sean James (also known as Gary James) of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Garden State Securities Inc. has been suspended by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in all capacities on December 7, 2018 founded on allegations that James failed to comply with the terms of FINRA Arbitration in which James […]

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Investors Sue Stockbroker For Investment Fraud

Leonard Joseph Marzocco of Melville New York a stockstockbroker formerly registered with Rockwell Global Capital LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $10,500.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) Marzocco breached his fiduciary duties to the customer (2) Marzocco misrepresented the terms and conditions of over-the-counter […]

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Investors Sue Aegis Capital For Fraud

Gregory Spencer O’Brien of New York New York a stockstockbroker formerly employed by Aegis Capital Corp. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that between 2011 and 2018: (1) the customer’s account was handled in a negligent manner (2) the […]

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UBS Financial Fires Stockbroker For Lying In SEC Investigation

Bruce Davis Smith of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker formerly employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. has been discharged by the firm on August 7, 2018 supported by allegations that Smith was not forthcoming to the firm concerning his involvement with a customer in transactions referenced in a Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) inquiry. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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Wells Fargo Sued By Investors For Hedge Fund Fraud

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

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Investors Sue Merrill Lynch For Bad Investment Advice

Jacquin P. Fink of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $3,581,198.00 in damages supported by accusations of bad investment recommendations being made to the customer concerning (1) over-the-counter equities (2) […]

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FINRA Catches LPL Financial Stockbroker Selling Away

Scott Patrick Klor of Fort Mill South Carolina a stockstockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended for fourteen months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he engaged in securities transactions away from LPL Financial LLC and […]

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National Securities Stockbroker Admits To Unauthorized Trading

James Bryant Eichner Jr. of New York New York a stockstockbroker formerly registered with National Securities Corporation has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for forty-five days from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Eichner executed unauthorized trades in a customer’s account. Letter of […]

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Merrill Lynch Sued For Options Fraud

Heather Peterson Weber of Tampa Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $92,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning the terms or risk of options trades […]

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RBC Capital Markets Sued For Overconcentration

Irwin Maisner (also known as Gerald Irwin Maisner and as Gerry Maisner) of Westport Connecticut a stockstockbroker currently registered with RBC Capital Markets LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $50,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) Maisner poorly advised the customer concerning investments in oil […]

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Investors Sue Merrill Lynch For Misrepresentation

John Joseph Birkhauser of Lake Forest Illinois a stockstockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $10,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) misrepresentations had been made concerning the terms or risks of the limited partnership interests sold […]

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FINRA Bars Windsor Street Stockbroker

Francine Ann Lanaia (also known as Fran McPherson) a stockbroker formerly employed by Windsor Street Capital LP has been barred from associating with any Financial industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon accusations that Lanaia failed to provide FINRA with information that had been requested from her. Case No. 2017052475701 (Oct. 29, […]

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Mutual Of Omaha Discharges Broker For Insurance Activities

Price A. Breville of Staten Island New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Mutual of Omaha Investor Services Inc. has been discharged on December 5, 2018 founded on allegations that Breville engaged in impermissible business activities concerning a customer’s purchase or sale of an insurance product. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that […]

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Feltl Company Accused Of Unsuitable Investment Strategy

Timothy David O’Brien of Inver Grove Heights Minnesota a stockbroker formerly employed by Feltl Company is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 24, 2018 in which the customer sought $10,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that the customer was inappropriately invested in over-the-counter equities because of those investments failing […]

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National Securities Corp Sued For Investment Fraud

Richard Anthony Cavileer of Edison New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by National Securities Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $438,190.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning the terms and conditions of over-the-counter equities investment purchased […]

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The GMS Group Accused Of Investment Fraud

Oscar Andres Rico of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with The GMS Group LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $60,000.00 on December 20, 2018 based upon accusations that Rico made false or misleading statements to the customer concerning Puerto Rico municipal debt investments that […]

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UBS Fires Broker For Failure To Disclose Legal Problems

Patrick Thomas Donohue of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. has been terminated on December 7, 2018 founded on the firm’s accusations that Donohue failed to make required disclosures to the firm concerning his legal affairs; conduct violative of the firm’s policies. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public […]

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FINRA Bars International Assets Advisory Broker For Failure To Pay Customer Settlement

Brian Robert Roth of Mendam New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with International Assets Advisory LLC has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon allegations that Roth failed to cooperate with the provisions of a customer initiated investment related settlement or otherwise confirm with FINRA […]

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Investors Blame Raymond James For Bad Investment Advice

Lisa Ann Detanna of Beverly Hills California a stockbroker currently registered with Raymond James Associates Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on January 22, 2019 in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that common and stock transactions executed in the customer’s account were not suitable […]

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CFD Investments Fires Broker For Churning Customer Accounts

Ziv Ohel of Long Grove Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by CFD Investments Inc. has been discharged on September 6, 2017 based upon accusations from a customer who claimed that (1) unsuitable transactions were executed in the customer’s account (2) fiduciary duties owed to the customer had been breached and (3) trades were placed in […]

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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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Wells Fargo Blamed By Investor For Altering Investment Objectives

Matthew John Quall of Northfield Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on January 23, 2019 in which the customer requested unspecified damages supported by allegations that the customer’s account profile had been misrepresented leading to speculative and inappropriate futures commodity […]

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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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Wells Fargo Sued By Investors For Unsuitable Recommendations

Bryan Edwin Benson of Tucson Arizona a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $218,257.00 in damages based upon allegations that unsuitable stock transactions had been effected in the customer’s account by Benson while he was associated with […]

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Global Arena Broker Finally Barred For Failure To Pay Award

Jonathan Michael Sheklow of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Global Arena Capital Corp has been suspended on May 23, 2016 from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he failed to pay a $151,373.17 award to a customer after a […]

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Investors Sue Insight Securities For Fraud

Carlos Javier Legaspy of Highland Park Illinois the President and Chief Executive Officer of Insight Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $2,765,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that while Legaspy was associated with Insight Securities Inc.: (1) customers were presented with fraudulent documents to effect […]

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Investors Sue Morgan Stanley For Sale Of Unsuitable Bonds

Mikhail Jared Hess of San Francisco California stockbroker currently registered with Morgan Stanley is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $75,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that between October of 2014 and January of 2016, unsuitable corporate debt transactions had been effected in the customer’s account. Financial industry […]

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Ameriprise Broker Sent To Debtors Prison And Barred For Owing Ameriprise Money

Dorothy Greppin Powers of Las Vegas Nevada a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. has been named in an investment related complaint on August 9, 2017 in which the customer sought $19,468.00 in damages based upon accusations that the customer was placed in a variable universal life insurance contract that was not appropriate […]

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UBS Financial Services Sued By Investors For Unauthorized Trading

Daniel Edward Rebmann of San Antonio Texas a stockbroker currently associated with UBS Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $25,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that structured products had been purchased for the customer’s account without the customer’s permission while Rebmann was associated with […]

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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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Summit Brokerage Services Sued For Unauthorized Trading

Richard David Blythe of Tucson Arizona a stockbroker currently registered with Summit Brokerage Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of the unauthorized trading of equities and mutual funds in the customer’s investment account during the time Blythe […]

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Investor Sues Blackbook Capital For Defective Investment Advice

Dennis Daniel Herrera of New York New York a stockbroker formerly associated with Blackbook Capital LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $14,500.00 in damages based upon allegations that equity transactions effected in the customer’s account were not suitable for the customer. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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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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FINRA Bars Stockbroker For Obstructing Boilerroom Investigation

William David Nelson of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Meyers Associates L.P. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon allegations that Nelson failed to comply with a FINRA investigation into accusations that he effected excessive and unsuitable trades in a […]

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Merrill Lynch Blamed By Investors For Bad Investment Advice

Gregory Dehrmann Miseyko of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker associated with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled on January 14, 2019 to resolve accusations that the customer’s assets were placed in inappropriate investments within the customer’s managed accounts. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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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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Investors Accuses Wells Fargo Of Bad Direct Investments

Joseph Alan Marshall of Dallas Texas a stockbroker currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $100,000.00 on October 19, 2016 based upon allegations Marshall mismanaged the customer’s investment account and placed the customer in direct investments that failed to conform […]

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Investors Accuse Wells Fargo Of Unauthorized Transaction

Robert Ellsworth McMann of Lake Mary Florida stockbroker or supervisor currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 16, 2018 in which the customer requested more than $5,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that funds were inappropriately taken from the customer’s tax-qualified annuity […]

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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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Park Avenue Broker Sued By Investor For Fraud

Matthew Gaglio of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Park Avenue Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written civil action brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York which was resolved for $47,853.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) fraudulent misrepresentations […]

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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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Investors Sue Investors Capital For Bad REIT Recommendations

Roberto Alexandro Blanco of El Paso Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by Investors Capital Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $43,000.00 in damages on February 2, 2018 based upon accusations that (1) Blanco placed the customer in real estate security investments that were not appropriate for […]

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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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NYLife Securities LLC Blamed By Investors For Annuity Misconduct

Sudesh Kumar Jain of Dayton Ohio a stockbroker currently registered with NYLife Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $11,487.91 on January 9, 2019 founded on accusations that (1) the customer was placed into a variable annuity that failed to align with the customer’s financial […]

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Wells Fargo Accused By Investors Of Churning

Cynthia Day Laroche of Park City Utah a stockbroker currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $40,000.00 in damages on August 17, 2017 founded on allegations that Laroche churned the customer’s investment portfolio and engaged in manipulative activities with […]

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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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MetLife Blamed By Investors For Bad Annuity Advice

Randall George Skrabonja of West Palm Beach Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by MetLife Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 10, 2016 where the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon accusations that Skrabonja gave the customer bad advice about purchasing a variable annuity […]

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Wells Fargo Sued By Investor For Misrepresentation

Ghalib Abdulla Kanji of Woodland Hills California a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $2,000,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) investment recommendations made to the customer were not suitable and (2) misrepresentations had been made to […]

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Investors Accuse Stifel Nicolaus Of Fraud

Keith Edwin Downard of Canfield Ohio a stockbroker currently employed by Stifel Nicolaus Company Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint which settled for $51,242.45 in damages on April 8, 2016 supported by allegations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning the risks of mortgage-related asset-backed debt investments purchased […]

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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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Ameriprise Discharges Broker For ETF Misconduct

Steven Michael Roffman of Jacksonville Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. has been discharged by the firm on March 22, 2016 supported by accusations that (1) Roffman inappropriately solicited one or more customer’s investments in leveraged and inverse ETF investments (2) Roffman traded in customer accounts without written authorization from the […]

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Merrill Lynch Accused By Investors Of Bad Investment Advice

Menard Sanford Schwartz of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $61,883.00 on January 10, 2017 founded on accusations that investment recommendations made to the customer were not suitable concerning over-the-counter equities held in their […]

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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). On May 29, 2019, the Securities and […]

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Foresters Equity Broker Barred In Investigation

Michael John Rappa of San Diego California a broker formerly employed by Foresters Equity Services Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Rappa failed to cooperate with FINRA personnel who had been investigating Rappa’s possible unauthorized private securities transactions. […]

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JP Turner Sued By Investors For Bonds Fraud

Thomas Earl Wilkinson III of Mesa Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with J.P. Turner Company LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $32,500.00 in damages supported by accusations that the customer was placed in unsuitable corporate debt products including Puerto Rico bonds and Brogdon bonds. Financial […]

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FINRA Bars Farmers Broker For Selling Woodbridge Ponzi Scheme

Kirk James Bertsch of Spearfish South Dakota a broker formerly registered with Farmers Financial Solutions LLC has been disgorged of illicit commissions and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Bertsch sold away from his firm by engaging in a promissory note […]

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VSR Sued By Investors For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Steven Hugh Murphy of Simi Valley California a stockbroker formerly registered with VSR Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon accusations that (1) the customer was a victim of elder abuse (2) transactions were effected in violation of […]

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J.P. Morgan Securities Broker Barred For Elder Abuse

Salman Rasheed of Skokie Illinois a broker 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 findings that Rasheed took advantage of an elderly investor with dementia who provided Rasheed $390,045.00 in gifts while Rasheed was associated with the […]

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Berthel Fisher Sued By Investors For REIT Fraud

Joshua Eugene Stroud of Springfield Oregon a stockbroker formerly employed by Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $22,500.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) Stroud made misrepresentations to the customer concerning business development company and real estate security investments […]

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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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FINRA Bars Royal Securities Broker For Hindering Investigation

Thomas Cameron Oakes of Grand Rapids Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with Royal Securities Company has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Oakes obstructed a FINRA investigation into accusations that he made unsuitable investment recommendations to customers of the firm. […]

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Investors Accuse Ameriprise Of REIT Misrepresentations

Dana Harold Nelson of Ann Arbor Michigan a stockbroker currently registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 11, 2016 in which the customer requested $38,858.76 in damages supported by accusations that the customer’s purchase of Inland American Real Estate Investment Trust was not appropriate […]

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FINRA Bars Kestra Broker In Settling Away Investigation

John William Spach of Aliso Viejo California a stockbroker formerly employed by Kestra Investment Services LLC and investment advisory representative formerly associated with NFP Retirement Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon findings that Spach failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into […]

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Investors Accuse MSI Financial Of Annuity Fraud

Brian Patrick Wells of Philadelphia Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with MSI Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on March 1, 2017 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer was poorly advised concerning the purchases of a […]

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FINRA Suspends Hornor Townsend Broker Caught Selling Away

Thomas Edward Sova of Baton Rouge Louisiana a stockbroker formerly registered with Hornor Townsend Kent 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 Sova sold away from the firm by selling Woodbridge Group of […]

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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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FINRA Bars Wells Fargo Broker In Theft Investigation

Somning Pheth (also known as Demo Pheth) a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on accusations that Pheth failed to provide FINRA with information that had been formally requested of him through a FINRA inquiry. […]

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Investors Blames BBVA In Currency Mishap

March 04, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Mario Omar Martinez Chavez of El Paso Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with BBVA Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on March 28, 2018 where the customer requested more than $5,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Chavez neglected to abide by the customer’s instructions pertaining to a […]

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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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SEC Bars MP Global Broker For Fraud

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

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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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Dawson James Broker Fired For Unregistered Activities

Marc Neil Kalter of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Dawson James Securities Inc. has been discharged by the firm on July 20, 2018 based upon allegations that (1) Kalter solicited investment transactions from investors residing in states in which Kalter was not registered as a securities person and (2) Kalter utilized […]

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National Securities Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Michael Fasciglione of Mineola New York a stockbroker formerly employed by National Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $467,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) fiduciary duties owed to the customer had been breached and (2) real estate security transactions effected in the customer’s […]

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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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JP Morgan Accused By Investors Of Investment Fraud

Bradley Scott Cooperman of San Diego California a stockbroker currently registered with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 14, 2016 in which the customer sought $11,060.56 in damages based upon accusations that (1) unauthorized trades were executed in the customer’s managed investment account (2) misrepresentations […]

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JJB Hillard WY Lyons Broker Admits to Unauthorized Trading

Christopher Duke Bennett of Louisville Kentucky a stockbroker formerly employed by J.J.B. Hillard, W.L. Lyons LLC 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 Bennett effected unauthorized transactions in accounts of J.J.B. Hillard, W.L. Lyons LLC customers. Letter […]

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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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Alexander Capital Broker Barred In Boilerroom Investigation

Michael Alejandro Castillero of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Alexander Capital has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Castillero failed to testify in a FINRA investigation into accusations of (1) Castillero making unauthorized trades in a […]

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Wells Fargo Advisors Broker Barred By SEC For Fraud

Barbara Ann Endres of Grand Junction Colorado a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC and investment adviser representative of Lifetime Wealth Advisors LLC has been barred by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in all capacities according to an Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings Pursuant to Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Section 203(f) containing findings […]

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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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Wells Fargo Pays Victim of Annuity Fraud

Leonard Charles Kinsman of Staten Island New York a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Networks LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for $24,000.00 on February 22, 2017 founded on allegations that the customer was provided false or misleading information concerning the principal protection […]

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Columbus Advisory Group Sued For $22.5 Million Private Placement Fraud

Michael Patrick Murphy of New York New York the Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Advisory Group Ltd. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $22,500,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that the customer had been placed in direct participation program or limited partnership interests that were not […]

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Viewtrade Securities Fires Broker For Unsuitable Recommendations

Keith Scott Mency of Jersey City New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Viewtrade Securities Inc. since September 30, 2015 has been discharged by the firm on June 2, 2016 founded on accusations that Mency effected unsuitable trades in customer accounts. This is not the first time that Mency has been terminated by a brokerage […]

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Investors Sue Ameriprise For REIT Sales

Carroll Thomas Clark Jr. (also known as Tom Clark) of Miami Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $75,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) investment recommendations concerning real estate securities were not suitable for the customer […]

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Arive Sued By Investors For Unsuitable Investments

Mirsad A. Muharemovic of Coram New York a stockbroker currently employed by Arive Capital Markets is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $1,000,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that stock transactions executed in the customer’s account were not suitable for the customer given the customer’s objectives for investing. […]

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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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Cambridge Investment Research Sued By Investors For Fraud

Dale Edward Wright of Henrico Virginia a stockbroker currently registered with Cambridge Investment Research Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $112,164.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) trades executed in the customer’s account were not suitable for the customer (2) fiduciary duties were breached […]

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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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Lincoln Financial Advisors Sued For Misrepresentation

James Walter Barrett of Red Bank New Jersey a broker currently registered with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $325,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that while Barrett was associated with the firm: (1) the costs and fees of investments purchased by 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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Investors Accuse Capital One Of Misconduct In Connection With Bond Sales

Anthony N. Macaluso of Floral Park New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Capital One Investing LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on January 4, 2017 in which the customer requested unspecified damages supported by accusations that the customer’s managed wrap account held investments that were not suitable for the […]

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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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Merrill Lynch Broker Barred For Mutual Fund Fraud

Bhenoy Dembla (also known as Ben Dembla) of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Dembla violated the firm’s mutual fund policies by entering and cancelling fake […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Investors Sue Merrill Lynch Mutual Fund Misconduct

Michael Vincent Foley of Upper Arlington Ohio a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $28,642.26 in damages founded on accusations that between March of 2010 and June of 2016: (1) misrepresentations were made to the customer concerning mutual […]

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Investors Sue Concorde Investments For Bad REITs

Richard Anthony Rodriguez Jr, of Fruitland Park Florida a stockbroker currently employed by Concorde Investment Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint in which the customer requested $200,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that Rodriguez failed to inform the customer about the risks and features of non-traded real estate investment […]

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Investor Accuses NBC Securities Of Bad REIT Investments

Joseph Edward Disanza of Massapequa New York a stockbroker currently employed by NBC Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint on June 19, 2017 in which the customer sought $25,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Disanza placed the customer in unsuitable stock and real estate investment trust products which […]

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Commonwealth Financial Network Sued For Misrepresentation

James King of Winston-Salem North Carolina a stockbroker currently registered with Commonwealth Financial Network is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $470,000.00 in damages supported by allegations of (1) false or misleading statements being made to the customer regarding the returns on mutual fund investments and (2) […]

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UBS Financial Blamed For Failure To Disclose Risk

Walter James Keating of Indian Wells California a stockbroker formerly employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 25, 2016 where the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 supported by allegations that (1) Keating omitted information from the customer in regard to the customer’s […]

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Investors Accuse Ameriprise Financial Of Excessive Fees

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

William Lynn Bynum of Trenton Michigan a stockbroker currently employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 28, 2017 in which the customer sought $66,960.73 in damages based upon allegations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning a variable universal life […]

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UBS Sued By Investors For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Brent Gordon Thompson of Franklin Tennessee a stockbroker currently employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $300,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that between 1995 and 2015: (1) the customer was subject to elder abuse (2) fiduciary duties owed to the customer […]

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Lincoln Financial Advisors Sued By Investors For Fraud

James M. Honaker of Amherst New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer was awarded $11,316.00 in compensatory damages based upon Honaker having been found liable on the customer’s claims that (1) Honaker executed transactions in the […]

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Investors Collect From Merrill Lynch For Excessive Trading

Joel Thomas Summerlin of Tampa Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $75,000.00 on March 1, 2018 supported by allegations that between June of 2010 and April of 2017: (1) Summerlin made investment recommendations to the […]

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Investors Accuse Wells Fargo Of Unit Investment Trust Fraud

Eric Grant Demarcus of Sunnyvale California a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 17, 2015 where the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon allegations that unit investment trust transactions executed in the customer’s account were not suitable […]

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Investors Accuses NYLife Of Unauthorized Annuity Purchases

William Andrew Doran of Johnston South Carolina a stockbroker currently registered with NYLife Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $15,916.72 on June 29, 2017 based upon allegations that Doran forged the customers’ signatures on variable annuity and insurance documents to effect multiple policy purchases between June […]

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RBC Capital Markets Sued By Investors For Churning

Alan Walton Sharpe of Burlington Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly employed by RBC Capital Markets LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $225,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) Sharpe made unsuitable oil and gas equities recommendations to the customer and (2) Sharpe churned the customer’s investment […]

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National Planning Corporation Accused Of Negligence

Patricia Ann Lloyd of Phoenix Arizona a former National Planning Corporation stockbroker and investment adviser representative is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $96,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) contractual obligations to the customer had been breached (2) the customer’s account was transacted upon in a […]

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RBC Capital Markets Sued By Investors For Misappropriation

John Robert McGinnis of Escondido California a stockbroker formerly employed by RBC Capital Markets is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $652,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that between 2009 and 2015: (1) McGinnis sold the customer private placement investments outside the auspices of RBC Capital Markets (2) […]

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Investors Sue American Capital Partners For Unauthorized Transactions

Michael Montelli of Hauppauge New York a stockbroker currently registered with American Capital Partners LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 11, 2017 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) margin was utilized without the customer’s permission (2) unauthorized […]

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FINRA Bars Legend Securities CEO For In Investigation

Anthony Fusco of New York New York the Chief Executive Officer of Legend Securities Inc. 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 cooperate in FINRA’s investigation into accusations that he failed to supervise the firm’s brokers. Letter […]

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PFS Investments Discharges Broker For Forgery

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Vitthal Mathurbmas Patel of Denville New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by PFS Investments Inc. has been discharged by the firm on August 27, 2018 founded on accusations that Patel forged a customer’s signature to an account document. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that on December 17, 2002, a customer filed an […]

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Woodbridge Victims File Claims Against Quest Capital

November 29, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, FINRA Securities Arbitration, Selling Away   |   0 Comments

Frank Roland Dietrich, of Lake Forrest, California, formerly associated with Quest Capital Strategies, Inc. was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in connection with the sale of Woodbridge Group related securities. Letter of Acceptance Waiver & Consent, No. 2018057197801 (November 26, 2018). Dietrich, betwen 2013 and 2017, was found to have solicited fifty eight […]

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Investors Sue Lawson Financial For Securities Fraud

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Churning, FINRA Securities Arbitration, Municipal Bond Fraud   |   0 Comments

Ryan John Lawson of Phoenix Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with Lawson Financial Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which he was ordered to pay the customer $7,500.00 in damages based upon Lawson having been found liable on the customer’s claims that (1) Lawson made misrepresentations and omissions to […]

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Waddell Reed Accused Of Failure To Diversify Investments

Sean Lewis Dobranich of Las Nevada a stockbroker currently employed by Waddell Reed is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 28, 2017 in which the customer requested $25,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) Dobranich over-concentrated the customer’s managed account in inappropriate securities (2) Dobranich neglected to sell the […]

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Wells Fargo Pays Investors For Stock Losses

James D. Parises of Henderson Nevada a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $65,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that Parises sustained unwarranted investment losses on equities held in the customer’s account. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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Ameriprise Financial Blamed For Bad Advice

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Susan Louise Wagner of Perrysburg Ohio a stockbroker currently registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 24, 2017 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon accusations that Wagner poorly advised the customer in regard to the customer’s individual […]

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Investor Too Late To Chase Bert Bowler Over Annuity

Bert Thomas Bowler of New Canaan Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. was referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim by where the customer sought $50,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that the customer was poorly advised with respect to the purchase of a variable universal life insurance policy. […]

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Citizens Securities Accused Of Failure To Execute

Zachary Stephen Reinhart of Bethel Park Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly employed by Citizens Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on September 15, 2017 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 supported by accusations that the customer’s assets were not invested in an individual retirement account in […]

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Investors Sue Capital Financial Alternative Investment Fraud

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

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RBC Capital Blamed By Customer For Inappropriate Annuity

Mark John Evans of Mount Laurel New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with RBC Capital Markets LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint on April 13, 2017 where the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon allegations that the customer was placed in an annuity that did not conform […]

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Robert W. Baird Pays $600,000 to Burnt Investor

Kenneth James Meyers of Grass Valley California a stockbroker currently registered with Robert W. Baird Co. Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint which settled for $600,000.00 on June 16, 2017 in damages supported by allegations that equity trades were effected in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the […]

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Investor Accuses Citizens Securities For Fraud

Bruce Richard Cooke of Broomall Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly employed by Citizens Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 9, 2017 where the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 founded on accusations that (1) Cooke made misleading representations to the customer regarding a fixed annuity investment (2) […]

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Merrill Lynch Sued By Investors For Fraud

Gregory Alan Voight of Providence Rhode Island a stockbroker formerly employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $75,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) misrepresentations were made to the customer concerning structured products and municipal debt products (2) investment […]

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Wells Fargo Accused Of Structured Products Fraud

Jeffrey John Di Bono of San Jose California a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 11, 2017 in which the customer sought $8,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that Di Bono did not receive investment returns that were promised […]

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Spartan Capital Sued By Investors For Overconcentration

John M. Cullen of Garden City New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Spartan Capital Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $250,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that the customer’s stock account had been overconcentrated by Cullen in speculative equities products. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority […]

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SunTrust Sued For Bad Mutual Fund Recommendations

Sandra Benain McKoy of Lauderdale Lakes Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with SunTrust Investment Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $50,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that McKoy (1) poorly advised the customer concerning mutual fund and variable annuity products and (2) placed unsuitable transactions in […]

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Berthel Fisher Sued By Investor For Bad REIT Investments

Joe Bryan Hall of Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested at least $5,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer was placed in a real estate investment that was not appropriate for the customer given the customer’s objectives for […]

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ProEquities Sued By Investors For Fraud

Bradley John Freimark of Otsego Minnesota a stockbroker formerly registered with ProEquities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $100,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) misrepresentations were made to the customer and (2) the customer’s assets were inappropriately invested in D&L Energy 2010 Ltd. – […]

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Investors Blame Tandem Securities For Annuity Omissions

Jude E. Offiah of Oklahoma City Oklahoma a stockbroker currently registered with Tandem Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 2, 2017 where the customer sought more than $5,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that omissions had been made to the customer concerning variable annuity and mutual fund […]

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Ripper Barred In UIT Investigation

Michael Jason Ripper of Memphis Tennessee a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by allegations that he neglected to furnish information to FINRA when FINRA formally requested him to do so. Case No. 2015048052801 (May 9, 2017). […]

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Summit Brokerage Sued For Bad Recommendations

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

James Keith Muir of Sarasota Florida a stockbroker currently employed by Summit Brokerage Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $27,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that the customer was placed in unsuitable equity products including GPRO STON and BBBQP. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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Morgan Stanley Sued By Investors For Excessive Trading

Frank Fornshell Venable III of Knoxville Tennessee a stockbroker currently registered with Morgan Stanley is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested unspecified damages supported by accusations of excessive trading of the customer’s investments including (a) structured products (b) unit investment trusts and (c) mutual funds. Financial Industry […]

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Voya Stockbroker Barred In Investigation

James Travis Flynn of Greenville Securities a stockbroker formerly employed by Voya Financial Advisors Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on accusations that Flynn failed to comply with FINRA’s requests for information regarding his sales practices. Case No. 201705354701 (Sept. 4, 2018). According […]

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Cadaret Grant Annuity Problems Continue

Philip Anthony Riposo of New Bedford Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly employed by Cadaret Grant Co. Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 8, 2017 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 supported by accusations that transactions were executed in the customer’s variable annuity that were not […]

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National Planning Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

John Edward Moriarty of Crystal City Missouri a stockbroker formerly employed by National Planning Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $9,999.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) fiduciary duties owed to the customer had been breached (2) transactions were placed in the customer’s account that […]

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Investors Sue WFG Investments For Misrepresentation

Stephen Anthony Pierce 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 $50,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) Pierce made omissions and misrepresentations concerning the customer’s private placement investments and (2) Pierce did not undertake […]

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Investors Sue Ameriprise For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Kevin Scott Kellogg of San Diego California a stockbroker currently employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $247,112.52 in damages founded on accusations that (1) fiduciary duties owed to the customer were not abided by (2) unauthorized transactions were placed in […]

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Regulators Nab Key Investment Services Broker For Elder Abuse

Christopher Michael Herrmann of Greenwood Indiana a stockbroker formerly registered with Key Investment Services has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for nine months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he made unsuitable investment recommendations to Key Investment Services customers and concealed information […]

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Investors Sue Stifel Nicolaus For Securities Fraud

John Basile Manikas of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by Stifel Nicolaus Company Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $342,500.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) the customer had been defrauded (2) contractual obligations had been breached (3) the customer’s account was handled negligently […]

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NewBridge Securities Sued By Investors For Misconduct

November 03, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

David Francis Faline of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with NewBridge Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $80,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Faline provided the customer with poor advice in reference to common or preferred stock held in the customer’s investment account […]

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FINRA Bars Financial West Group Broker For Churning

John Scott Simoncic of Reno Nevada a stockbroker formerly employed by Financial West Group has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Simoncic made exchange traded fund recommendations that were not suitable for customers (2) Simoncic effected excessive exchange traded […]

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United Planners Sued For Risky Investment Recommendations

Billy Edward Foster of United Planners’ Financial Services of America is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) unsuitable investment recommendations had been made to the customer concerning a direct participation program or limited partnership interests and (2) United Planners Financial […]

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Investor Sues Santander Securities For Fraud

November 03, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Bond Fraud, FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Lazaro Armando Fernandez Paredes of Dorchester Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly registered with Santander Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) transactions were executed in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the customer (2) the customer’s account […]

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Principal Securities Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Scott Alan Kimmel of Fort Worth Texas a stockbroker currently employed by Principal Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer alleged that Kimmel breached a fiduciary duty owed to the customer in reference to an employer stock options plan investment allocation. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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Raymond James Discharges Broker For Unauthorized Trading

David Mark Waddle of Destin Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Raymond James Associates Inc. has been discharged by Raymond James on June 5, 2017 based upon allegations that Waddle (1) admitted to exercising discretion in customer accounts by placing trades without speaking with those customers beforehand and (2) neglected to inform Raymond James Associates […]

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Raymond James Broker Barred In Investigation

Woodley Hannon Bagwell of Montgomery Alabama a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by accusations that he failed to honor FINRA’s requests for Bagwell’s information. Letter No. 20160520299901 (September 18, 2017). FINRA Public Disclosure confirms that […]

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Merrill Lynch Sued For Mutual Fund Fraud

Alex Jose Gierbolini of Guaynabo Puerto Rico a stockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $265,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer and mutual fund transactions were placed in the […]

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Investors Sue Lowell For Bad ETF Trades

Jody Bryant Bowers of Abilene Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with Lowell Company Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $6,000,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) Bowers overconcentrated the customer’s assets in exchange traded funds over a six year period by failing to adjust the […]

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Investors Sue Hightower For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

John Michael Shields of Palm Desert California a stockbroker currently employed by Hightower Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $750,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that in reference to the customer’s investment advisory account and variable annuity investments: (1) the customer’s account was handled […]

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FINRA Suspends Merrimac Officer For Failure To Pay Award

Robert G. Nash of Altamonte Springs Florida the former compliance officer for Merrimac Corporate Securities Inc. has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on allegations that he failed to confirm with FINRA whether he had complied with FINRA Arbitration No. 16-01128 (May 11, 2018) in […]

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SA Stone Broker Discharged For Penny Stock Sales

Thomas Milo Ayer of Oakland California a stockbroker formerly registered with SA Stone Wealth Management Inc. has been discharged on August 25, 2017 founded on accusations that Ayer solicited low-priced securities in violation of SA Stone Wealth Management’s policies. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally confirms that on May 10, 2017, a customer […]

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Investors Blame NFB Financial For Unauthorized Trading

Gary Gustave Benson of Encino California a stockbroker currently employed by NPB Financial Group LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 22, 2017 where the customer sought unspecified damages supported by allegations that (1) unauthorized mutual fund trades were executed in the customer’s account and (2) transactions were effected […]

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Ameriprise Accused Of Bad Annuity Product Sales

Richard Paul Martin of Wappinger Falls New York a stockbroker currently registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 23, 2017 where the customer sought $43,661.73 in damages based upon allegations that from June 2012 to August 2014, Martin sold the customer annuities that […]

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Lincoln Investment Discharges Broker For Alleged Fraud

October 22, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Joseph Vincent Copploe of Youngstown Ohio a stockbroker formerly employed by Lincoln Investment Planning has been discharged by the firm on August 25, 2017 supported by a customer’s allegations that Copploe defrauded the customer in the course of effecting the surrender of a life insurance policy. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that […]

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Investor Sues WFG Investments For Misrepresentation

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

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Hennion Walsh Sued By Customers For Bad Advice

William Hennion of Parsippany New Jersey the current vice president of Hennion Walsh Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $50,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that inappropriate municipal debt investment recommendations had been made to the customer. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. 18-01082 (Mar. […]

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FINRA Bars Independent Financial Broker For Obstruction

Jon Richard Pariser of Pacific Grove California a stockbroker formerly registered with Independent Financial Group 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 cooperate with FINRA’s investigation into Pariser’s referral of customers to an unregistered individual who […]

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Edward Jones Blamed By Investors For Misrepresentation

October 22, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Matthew James Ladendecker of Kingman Arizona a stockbroker currently registered with Edward Jones is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $15,172.00 on June 7, 2018 supported by accusations that Ladendecker made misrepresentations to the customer concerning the tax consequences of making a distribution from the customer’s individual […]

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Prospera Financial Broker Suspended For Bad Investment Advice

Wesley Justin Foltz of Alexandria Louisiana a stockbroker formerly employed by Prospera Financial Services Inc. 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 Foltz lacked an adequation foundation to conclude that his variable annuity recommendations were suitable for […]

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TCM Blamed By Investor For Misrepresentation

Dean Robert Nowak of Winter Park Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Taylor Capital Management Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on September 11, 2018 in which the customer sought $6,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) Nowak placed the customer in stocks and annuity investments that were not […]

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Feltl Company Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Timothy Luke Wynne of Minnetonka Minnesota a stockbroker currently employed by Feltl Company is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $441,306.00 in damages based upon accusations that between February of 2014 and June of 2016: (1) fiduciary duties owed to the customer had been breached (2) unauthorized stock […]

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Cantella Broker Barred In FINRA Inquiry

Robert William Griffin of Poetry Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by Cantella Co. Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by allegations that he failed to provide FINRA with information that had been requested of him. FINRA Public Disclosure confirms that Griffin had been […]

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Investor Blames HSBC For Bad Bond Investments

Brian David Schwartz of New York New York a stockbroker currently employed by HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $10,000.00 on October 3, 2017 supported by allegations that transactions were placed in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the customer because […]

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Bankers Life Blamed For Unauthorized Annuity Purchase

Kevin Paul Lemmon of Baton Rouge Louisiana a stockbroker currently registered with Bankers Life Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 18, 2017 where the customer sought compensatory damages supported by accusations that Lemmon effected the unauthorized purchase of a fixed annuity. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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Investors Blame Larson Financial For Insurance Omissions

Anthony Joseph Ferrara of St. Louis Park Minnesota a stockbroker formerly employed by Larson Financial Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 18, 2017 in which the customer requested unspecified damages based upon accusations that (1) omissions had been made to the customer regarding a variable universal life […]

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Investors Accuse Cetera Of Misrepresentation

David Lee of Flushing New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Investment Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on September 12, 2018 in which the customer requested $15,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) unwarranted investment losses were incurred by the customer on real estate security investments and […]

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Investor Sues Principal For Bad Mutual Fund Investments

John Patrick Priebe of Waseca Minnesota a stockbroker currently registered with Principal Securities Inc. (also known as Princor Financial Services Corporation) is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $900,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) Priebe executed mutual fund and options transactions in the customer’s account […]

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Valic Financial Broker Discharged For Forgery

Kyle Michael Marburger of Carmel Indiana a stockbroker formerly employed by Valic Financial Advisors Inc. has been discharged by the firm on December 27, 2016 founded on allegations that Marburger forged a customer’s signature on annuity documentation to establish an annuity contract. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure confirms that approximately one month before […]

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Investors Sue Ameriprise Financial For Bad Advice

Ronald Dewayne Smith Jr. of Austin Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $136,239.00 in damages based upon allegations that Smith poorly advised the customer concerning CNL Lifestyle Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority […]

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NYLife Broker Suspended By FINRA For Settling Complaint

October 22, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Jose Luis Paula of Tampa Florida a former NYLife Securities LLC registered representative 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 he attempted to settle a customer’s complaint away from New York Life. According to the AWC, Paula […]

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Morgan Stanley Sued By Investors For Shoddy Investments

October 22, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Options, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Shawn David Olson of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker currently employed by Morgan Stanley is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $5,000,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Olson executed options transactions in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the customer. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration […]

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Dawson James Sued By Investor For Negligence

Danilo Dereck Fuentes of Columbia Maryland a stockbroker currently registered with Dawson James Securities, Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which Fuentes was found liable on the customer’s claims of (1) breach of contract (2) breach of fiduciary duty (3) negligence and (4) suitability concerning the customer’s investments in […]

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Merrill Lynch Terminates Stockbroker For Cause

October 22, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Thomas Brian Healy of Albany New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. has been discharged on July 24, 2017 supported by allegations that Healy failed to comply with Merrill Lynch’s policies and trainings. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that Healy has been identified in three customer […]

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Investors Accuse NYLife Of Annuity Misrepresentation

Gail Ann Kincannon of Austin Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with NYLife Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 30, 2018 in which the customer requested $39,388.32 in damages supported by accusations that Kincannon had misrepresented the holding period and fees pertaining to a variable annuity purchased by […]

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J.J. Hillard W.L. Lyons Sued For Unauthorized Trading

William Ray Wobbe of Louisville Kentucky a stockbroker currently employed by J.J.B. Hilliard W.L. Lyons LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $87,628.56 in damages based upon accusations that (1) unauthorized trades were executed in the customer’s account (2) transactions effected in the customer’s account […]

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Investor Sues LPL Financial For Bad Bonds

Rey Whitehorn of Hallandale Florida a stockbroker currently employed by LPL Financial LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought more than $5,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that unsuitable corporate-debt transactions were executed in the customer’s account. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. 18-01192 (Apr. […]

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Investors Blame Morgan Stanley For Unauthorized Trading

Carl Dennis Hanks of Morristown New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on March 11, 2016 where the customer requested unspecified damages based upon allegations that unauthorized mutual fund purchases had been effected in the customer’s account. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority […]

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Despain Discharges Broker For Unapproved Investments

Jay R. Weiser of Collinsville Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by Despain Financial Corporation has been discharged by the firm on June 22, 2018 based upon customers’ allegations that Weiser sold them life insurance products and regulation D investment products that were inappropriate for the customers. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally confirms […]

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FINRA Fines Capitol Securities Broker For Settling Away

Ian Greenblatt of Melville New York a stockbroker currently registered with Capitol Securities Management Inc. has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he resolved a customer’s complaint away from Capitol Securities Management Inc. Letter of Acceptance Waiver […]

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Investors Sue FSC Securities For Bad REIT Sales

Larry Jefferson Tolbert of Memphis Tennessee a stockbroker formerly registered with FSC Securities Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $45,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that Tolbert put the customer in real estate investment trust products despite those securities having been inappropriate for the customer’s […]

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Investor Sues Independent Financial Group For Fraud

William Aubrey Morrow of San Diego California a stockbroker formerly registered with Independent Financial Group LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $100,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) unregistered tenant in common investments had been sold to the customer (2) the customer’s account transactions lacked […]

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LPL Financial Sued By Investor For Unauthorized Trading

Samuel Izaguirre of Pembroke Pines Florida a stockbroker registered with LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) Izaguirre did not disclose information about a non-traded real estate investment trust merger and (2) Izaguirre effected the […]

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Oppenheimer Sued by Investor For Fraud

Steven David Schultz of Palm Beach Gardens Florida a stockbroker currently employed by Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $750,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of (1) the failure to supervise securities transactions placed in the customer’s account (2) misrepresentation (3) breach of […]

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UBS Discharges Broker For Outside Business Activities

Bryon Leonel Reyes of Lafayette Louisiana a stockbroker formerly employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. has been discharged by the firm on April 26, 2018 supported by allegations that (1) Reyes failed to inform UBS about his outside business activities and investments after Reyes had already been reprimanded by the firm for his non-disclosures and […]

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Kobak Accused Of Selling Away Promissory Notes

Douglas Louis Kobak of Conshohocken Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with Coastal Equities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved after the customer sought $200,000.00 in damages based upon allegations of in connection with a promissory note investment sold away in a private securities transaction. Financial Industry […]

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Geneos Sued By Investor For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Richard Mark Braverman of Lancaster Pennsylvania a stockbroker currently registered with Geneos Wealth Management Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought unspecified damages based upon accusations that (1) omissions had been made regarding the risks of investing in direct investments and real estate investments (2) fiduciary duties […]

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FINRA Suspends Wilbanks Broker For Failure To Pay Award

October 04, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Aaron Bronelle Wilbanks of Oklahoma City Oklahoma the former president and chief executive officer of Wilbanks Securities has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on allegations that Wilbanks failed to confirm with FINRA if he complied with paying a customer damages under FINRA Arbitration No. […]

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Investors Sue Foresters Equity Services For Bad Advice

Michael John Rappa of San Diego California a stockbroker formerly registered with Foresters Equity Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $75,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that Rappa poorly advised the customer concerning real estate security transactions executed away from the firm. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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RBC Capital Markets Blamed By Investor For Bad Advice

October 04, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Thomas Harry Eades of Dallas Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with RBC Capital Markets LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on March 29, 2018 in which the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon allegations that (1) Eades over-concentrated the customer in energy sector master limited partnerships […]

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Cetera Sued By Investor For Annuity Fraud

Ira Gary Chernick of Woodbury New York a stockbroker currently employed by Cetera Advisors Networks LLC a is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on December 8, 2017 to resolve allegations that Chernick placed the customer in an inappropriate variable annuity product and made misrepresentations about the product. Financial […]

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Oppenheimer Sued By Investors For Fraud

Michael Howard Rosenmayer of Los Angeles California a stockbroker currently registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $300,000.00 in damages supported by accusations including (1) omissions and misrepresentation (2) violation of California Securities Act (3) elder abuse (4) negligence (5) breach of […]

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Ameriprise Financial Stockbroker Sanctioned By Regulator

Vincent Leonard Petrangelo of Springfield Massachusetts a stockbroker employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. has been ordered by the Massachusetts Securities Division to be placed on heightened supervision as a condition of registering with Ameriprise in the state of Massachusetts based upon Petrangelo’s history of transgressions including his disclosure of five customer complaints alleging (1) […]

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Janney Montgomery Accused Of Providing Bad Investment Advice

Michael Harry Applebaum of Marlton New Jersey a stockbroker currently employed by Janney Montgomery Scott LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 30, 2018 in which the customer sought $15,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that the customer’s risk tolerance was not considered when Applebaum made over-the-counter equities recommendations […]

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Investors Sue Wells Fargo Advisors For Churning

Sam Aziz of Dublin Ohio a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $400,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that Aziz (1) churned the customer’s account (2) executed transactions that were not suitable for the customer and […]

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HD Vest Broker Barred For Obstructing Investigation

September 28, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Jerry Davis Raines of Kilgore Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by HD Vest Investment Services has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Raines failed to cooperate with FINRA in an investigation into allegations of his sales of notes pertaining to […]

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Wells Fargo Sued By Investors For Misrepresentation

September 28, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Thomas Von Reckers of Lakewood Colorado a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related civil action in which the customer sought more than $5,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that Reckers misrepresented the terms and conditions of loan products in addition to the investments […]

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Investors Sue Joseph Stone Capital For Fraud

Sebastian Wyczawski of Holbrook New York a stockbroker currently employed by Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages supported by accusations including (1) breach of fiduciary duty (2) breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing (3) misrepresentation (4) […]

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Investors Accuse AXA Advisors Of Bad Insurance

September 28, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Arnold Mariampolski of Woodbury New York a stockbroker currently employed by AXA Advisors LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 6, 2018 where the customer sought unspecified damages founded on accusations that the customer was placed in an insurance policy that failed to address her financial objectives. Financial […]

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Questar Blamed Sued For Bad Investment Advice

September 28, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Jerry P. Michna of Louisville Ohio a stockbroker formerly employed by Questar Capital Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 23, 2018 where the customer requested $250,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that energy-sector equity purchases were executed in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the […]

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Bankrupt Broker Fired LPL Financial For Moonlighting

Philip John Nalesnik of Pottsville Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC has been discharged by the firm on July 8, 2018 supported by allegations that Nalesnik engaged in outside business activities in violation of LPL Financial’s policy, and failed to be forthcoming to the firm when questioned about his activities. Financial Industry […]

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Newbridge Sued By Investor For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

William Sidney Friedman of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Newbridge Securities Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $10,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that Friedman (1) engaged in inappropriate equity trading in the customer’s account (2) breached his fiduciary duties to the customer (3) […]

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Investors Accuse Merrill Lynch Of Annuity Fraud

Charles Paul Buland of Tulsa Oklahoma a stockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner and Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $18,000.00 on August 21, 2018 supported by accusations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer between June of 2008 and August of […]

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Stifel Nicolaus Accused Of Unauthorized Trading

Thomas Lee Sickler of Denver Colorado a stockbroker currently registered with Stifel Nicolaus Company Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 19, 2018 where the customer requested $45,084.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) unauthorized trades were executed in the customer’s account and (2) the customer’s investment […]

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FINRA Suspends LPL Broker For Outside Business Activities

Robert Matthew Krieger of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by LPL Financial LLC has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he engaged in outside business activities without disclosing them to LPL Financial. Letter of […]

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Investors Sue LPL Financial For REITs Sales

Bradley Clyde Fischer of Troy Michigan a stockbroker currently registered with LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $450,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that unsuitable real estate investment trust transactions were effected in the customer’s investment account which caused the customer to […]

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Investors Sue First Standard For Fraud

Andre Pierre Davis of Red Bank New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with First Standard Financial Company LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that unsuitable transactions were executed and the customer’s account was churned. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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Investor Accuses SunTrust With Annuity Fraud

Leonardo Max Garcia of Coral Cables Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by SunTrust Investment Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint that was settled on August 28, 2018 for $17,875.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) the customers were not provided information concerning the features and fees of variable annuity […]

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Stifel Nicolaus Accused By Investor Of Churning

Marc Efram Sukoneck of Florham Park New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Stifel Nicolaus Company is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on September 22, 2017 where the customer sought $32,500.00 in damages founded on accusations that Sukoneck (1) placed the customers in equities that were not appropriate for them […]

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Investor Sues Hennion Walsh For Bad Bond Recommendations

Patrick Timothy Walsh of Parsippany New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with Hennion Walsh Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $100,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that municipal-debt transactions executed in the customer’s account were not suitable for the customer. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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TriPoint Global Sued For Bad Private Placements

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

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HD Vest Broker Barred For Obstructing Investigation

Donna Lynn Barnard of Kilgore Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with HD Vest Investment Services has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that she obstructed a FINRA investigation into accusations of her sales practice violations relating to her Woodbridge promissory notes […]

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Sanders Morris Sued For Bad Investments

September 27, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Donald Anthony Sanders of Houston Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by Sanders Morris Harris LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $18,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that Sanders executed an investment strategy involving stock trading that failed to conform to the customer’s objectives for investing. Financial […]

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Berthel Fisher Sued For Bad Investments

Steve Jeffrey Cummings of Fort Deposit Alabama a stockbroker formerly employed by Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $300,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) Cummings misled the customer concerning direct investment products (2) Cummings placed the customer in inappropriate […]

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SunTrust Sued For Bad Investments

Todd Joseph Thompson of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with SunTrust Investment Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $40,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) Thompson executed transactions in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the customer and (2) SunTrust Investment […]

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American Independent Securities Broker Barred For Obstruction

September 27, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Thomas Joseph Logue Jr. of Hinsdale Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by American Independent Securities Group 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 provide recorded testimony for FINRA in the course of an investigation into Logue’s […]

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FINRA Charges NYLife Broker With Conversion

Marc Anthony Last of Berwyn Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with NYLife Securities LLC has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in a Complaint alleging that he converted a customer’s funds from the customer’s variable annuity. Department of Enforcement v. Marc Anthony Last Disciplinary Proceeding No. 2016052434001 (Sept. 17, 2018). According to the […]

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Santander Sued By Investor For Fraud

William K. Tress (also known as William K. Tress Garcia) of Dorchester Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly employed by Santander Securities is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $111,522.41 in damages based upon accusations including (1) gross negligence (2) breach of contract (3) failure to supervise (4) breach […]

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The Investment Center Terminates Stockbroker For Fraud

Thomas Ohearn Eifler Sr. of Louisville Kentucky a stockbroker formerly registered with The Investment Center Inc. has been terminated from the firm on February 28, 2017 founded on accusations against Eifler of breach of contract and fraud as referenced in a civil action filed against Eifler. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally reveals that […]

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H Beck Accused By Investors of Bad Recommendations

Rodney Michael Dabbondanza of Rockville Maryland a stockbroker formerly registered with H. Beck Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 16, 2017 where the customer requested $15,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Dabbondanza made recommendations for the customer to change variable annuity investments causing the customer to […]

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Investor Accuses Ameriprise Of Unauthorized Trading

Justin A. Parker of Schaumburg Illinois a stockbroker currently employed by Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint where the customer requested $16,977.87 in damages founded on accusations that unauthorized TFCVX trades effected in the customer’s account in March of 2014 that the customer did not authorize. Financial Industry […]

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Western International Sued For Investment Loses

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Perry Allen Gallagher Sr of Santa Rosa California a stockbroker currently employed by Western International Securities, Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 16, 2017 in which the customer sought $38,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that unwarranted investment losses were incurred in the customer’s account between February […]

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National Planning Corporation Accused Of Negligence

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Negligence, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Christopher James Lubbers of Parsons Kansas a stockbroker formerly registered with National Planning Corporation is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 20, 2015 where the customer requested $70,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) the customer was provided bad advice by Lubbers with regard to the customer’s insurance contract […]

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Investors Accuse National Planning of Bad Investment Advice

Gary Jesse Deardorff of Peoria Arizona a stockbroker formerly employed by National Planning Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 28, 2017 in which the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that Deardorff executed unsuitable mutual fund and equity transactions in the […]

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Lincoln Financial Accused By Investors Of Misrepresentation

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Steven Edward Sousa of Tustin California a stockbroker formerly registered with Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 31, 2016 that was resolved for $10,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Sousa made misrepresentations to the customers concerning Sousa’s execution of withdrawals from the customer’s […]

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Foresters Fires Stockbroker For Hiding Complaints

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Kenneth James Delacruz Jr. of East Hartford Connecticut a stockbroker formerly employed by Foresters Financial Services Inc. has been discharged on August 18, 2017 based upon accusations that Sousa concealed from the firm that he received a letter from an attorney regarding a customer who had complained about misconduct. Foresters Financial stated that Sousa failed […]

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Investor Sues Oppenheimer For Fraud

Robert Bruce Cline of Rochester Michigan a stockbroker formerly employed by Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested more than $5,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that between 2007 and 2017: (1) fiduciary obligations to the customer were breached (2) the customer’s penny […]

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BBVA Accused By Investors Of Structured Note Fraud

Michael Joseph Kane III of Allen Texas a stockbroker currently registered with BBVA Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 27, 2017 in which the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon accusations that in September of 2017, a structured note purchase was not suitable for […]

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Investors Accuse Capital One Of Lying

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Scott Allen Damico of Garland Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with Capital One Investing is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $24,598.47 on March 13, 2017 supported by accusations that Damico was provided inaccurate information concerning her managed account investment. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure […]

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SW Financial Sued By Investor For Churning

Joseph Lianzo of Melville New York a stockbroker currently registered with SW Financial is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $108,215.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) contractual obligations to the customer were breached (2) unauthorized trades were executed in the customer’s account (3) the customer’s account […]

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LPL Sued By Investors For Bad Recommendations

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Ryan Christopher Faley of Huntington Station New York a stockbroker formerly employed by LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim that settled for $29,750.00 in damages based upon allegations that Faley made equity investment recommendations to the customer that were not suitable. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration […]

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Wells Fargo Broker Hit By FINRA For Unauthorized Trading

Joseph Frederick Eschleman of Sacramento California a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC 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 Eschleman executed unauthorized trades in customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. […]

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Investors Sue WFG Investments For Failure To Supervise

Wilson Henry Williams of Dallas Texas a stockbroker and principal registered with WFG Investments Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $236,081.00 in damages supported by accusations of the failure to supervise the customer’s investments in direct participation program or limited partnership interests. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority […]

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Investors Blame CUSO For Failures

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Stephen James Landersman of Harrisburg Pennsylvania a stockbroker currently registered with CUSO Financial Services L.P. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on January 10, 2018 which was resolved for $8,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer’s instructions were not followed with respect to the liquidation and transfer of the […]

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FINRA Fines World Equity Group For Failure To Supervise

World Equity Group Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in Arlington Heights Illinois has been censured and fined $100,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) supported by accusations that the company failed to supervise its registered representatives’ variable annuities recommendations to ensure that they were suitable for customers in compliance with securities regulations and FINRA Rules. […]

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Edward Jones Accused by Investors Of Unauthorized Trading

Larry Eugene King II of Kalkaska Michigan a stockbroker currently employed by Edward Jones is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 24, 2017 where the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon allegations that unauthorized government debt trades had been effected by King in the customer’s investment […]

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VSR Financial Sued By Investors For Failure To Execute

Daniel Charles Stewart of Shawnee Kansas a stockbroker formerly employed by VSR Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim that was resolved for $18,750.00 in damages supported by accusations that Stewart failed to timely execute the customer’s investment related instructions which caused the customer to incur losses. Financial […]

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Investor Sues Centaurus Financial For Fraud

James Orth Davis of San Francisco California a stockbroker currently employed by Centaurus Financial, Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related civil action in which the customer sought unspecified damages based upon accusations including (1) negligent misrepresentation (2) omissions of information (3) fraud (4) breach of fiduciary duty and (5) violation of California […]

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FINRA Bars UBS Stockbroker For Selling Away

James Arthur Kujawski of Annapolis Maryland a stockbroker formerly employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for four months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he engaged in private securities transactions and outside business activities. Letter of […]

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SEC Fines Morgan Stanley Broker For Misrepresentation

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Bond Fraud, FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Nicholas Michael Bonacci of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley Co. LLC is the subject of an SEC Order requiring Bonacci (1) be suspended for twelve months from associating with any broker or investment adviser (2) pay a $100,000.00 civil penalty and (3) cease and desist from committing current and […]

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Investors Accuses Merrill Lynch Of Bad Advice

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Gary George Peirce of Hingham Massachusetts a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 24, 2017 in which the customer sought $8,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that between November of 2016 and October of 2017, unsuitable recommendations had been […]

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Wells Fargo Accused By Investor Of Misconduct

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Reynold Phillip Flom of Folsom California a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $33,206.17 in damages on November 1, 2017 based upon allegations that on January 26, 2017, over-the-counter equities were sold from the customer’s account without the customer’s permission. […]

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Comprehensive Asset Management Terminates Stockbroker

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Gregory Scott Young of Columbia South Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing Inc. has been terminated from the firm on October 10, 2017 founded on accusations that Young violated Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules and the firm’s policy by failing to inform the firm about being named in a […]

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Investor Sues LPL Financial For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Kodi Robert Hermann of Tualatin Oregon a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC has been named in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer was awarded $9,064.03 in compensatory damages and $1,500.00 in attorneys’ fees founded on accusations of (1) breach of contract (2) negligence (3) violation of FINRA Rules […]

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Investors Accuse Oppenheimer Of Excessive Trading

Patrick George Colligan of Stamford Connecticut a stockbroker currently employed by Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 24, 2017 in which the customer sought at least $5,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that between November 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017, municipal debt and corporate debt […]

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FINRA Bars Merrill Lynch Broker For Failure To Respond

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Dawei Wang of Norco California a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by accusations that information was not provided by Wang to FINRA personnel after it was requested of him. Case No. 2017055025901 (Jan. […]

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National Planning Accused By Investor Of Misrepresentation

Jack Michael Hartnell of Mount Lebanon Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with National Planning Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 31, 2017 where the customer requested $26,204.00 in damages supported by allegations of suitability and misrepresentation concerning the customer’s investment in a variable annuity. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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MSI Accused By Investor Of Poor Advice

Prentice Valiant Chevalier Jr. of Wall Township New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by MSI Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 25, 2017 where the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon accusations that Chevalier inappropriately advised the customer to apply variable annuity […]

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Morgan Stanley Sued For Bad Municipal Bond Sales

John Thomas Guzy of Morristown New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that between 2012 and 2015, the customer was placed in municipal debt investments that were not suitable for […]

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FINRA Fines National Securities Broker For Selling Away

David Woods Unsworth Jr. of San Francisco California a stockbroker formerly employed by National Securities 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 Unsworth engaged in private securities transactions. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2016050066401 […]

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FINRA Fines Summit Stockbroker For Unsuitable Recommendations

Richard Stephen Hughes of Wilmington Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by Summit Brokerage Services Inc. has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended for eight months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he made unsuitable recommendations to customers regarding mutual fund and unit investment […]

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Rockwell Global Capital Sued By Investor For Fraud

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Boilerroom, FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Carl Antaki of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Rockwell Global Capital LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $8,750.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) Antaki misrepresented the terms and conditions of over-the-counter equities investments (2) churned the customer’s investment account (3) charged […]

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Stifel Nicolaus Broker Barred In Investigation

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Stephen Hurtuk of Boardman Ohio a stockbroker formerly registered with Stifel Nicolaus Company 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 cooperate in a FINRA investigation into allegations of his unsuitable investment recommendations to customers. Letter of Acceptance […]

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Investor Sues Wells Fargo For Bad Recommendations

September 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Bond Fraud, FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

John Wesh of Knoxville Tennessee a stockbroker currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $70,937.83 in damages supported by accusations that Wesh made inappropriate investment recommendations to the customer regarding Fannie Mae equities that were ultimately purchased in the customer’s […]

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Investors Sue UBS For Misrepresentation

Michael Patrick Roche of Grand Blanc Michigan a stockbroker currently employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested up to $499,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning a variable annuity and (2) annuity […]

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Wells Fargo Accused By Investors Of Fraud

Jeffrey Lloyd Mischel of Carlsbad California a stockbroker currently registered Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint concerning Mischel’s conduct in which the customer requested $430,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that the customer was not provided information about the classes of municipal bonds available for the customer […]

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Edward Jones Accused By Investor Of Bad Advice

August 25, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Terry Dewayne Eskind of Conover North Carolina a stockbroker currently registered with Edward Jones is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $100,000.00 in damages on April 2, 2018 founded on allegations that unsuitable recommendations had been made to the customer concerning the sale of stocks from the customer’s […]

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Investors Sue Investment Architects For Excessive Trading

Glen David Haddock of Petaluma California the President of Investment Architects Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $1,250,000.00 in compensatory damages and $2,500,000.00 in punitive damages supported by allegations that the firm failed to prevent excessive trading in the customer’s account between 2004 and […]

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SunTrust Accused By Investor Of Unauthorized Purchases

Stephen Andrew Kelly of Gainesville Georgia a stockbroker currently registered with SunTrust Investment Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on November 7, 2017 where the customer sought $6,140.00 in damages founded on accusations that Kelly was placed in a fixed annuity without the customer’s grant of authorization. Financial Industry […]

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Mutual Securities Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Jacob Ray Kagele of Tuscon Arizona a stockbroker and investment adviser representative formerly registered with Mutual Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $57,825.00 in damages based upon accusations that Kagele (1) executed exchange traded fund transactions in the customer’s account that were not suitable […]

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Aegis Capital Corp Sued by Investors For Bad Investments

Robert Wade LaPietra of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Aegis Capital Corp. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested unspecified damages founded on accusations that LaPietra employed an investment strategy for the customer’s account between June of 2014 and March of 2016 […]

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Investors Sue Securities America For Negligence

August 25, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Richard Norman Fichter Jr. of Williamstown New York a stockbroker currently registered with Securities America Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon accusations that one of the customers alleged that Fichter negligently serviced the customer’s investment portfolio of stock […]

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Investors Sue Investors Capital Sued For Breach Of Contract

Louis Alan Woolf of South Easton Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly registered with Investors Capital Corp. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $324,555.81 in damages founded on allegations that fiduciary and contractual obligations had been breached and the customer’s TNP Irving Square DST real estate security […]

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Wells Fargo Broker Fired For Unauthorized Account Access

August 25, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Vincent Charles Meleco of Albany New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC has been discharged by the firm on June 22, 2017 supported by accusations that Meleco accepted an unauthorized person’s instructions to effect trades in the Wells Fargo customer’s account. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that […]

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Investors Sue RBC Capital For Bad Investments

August 25, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Stuart Myles Godin of Century City California a stockbroker formerly employed by RBC Capital Markets LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $20,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that between November of 2012 and March of 2016, Godin made unsuitable recommendations to the customer concerning futures and […]

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Investors Accuse Wells Fargo Of Bad Annuity Investments

Donald John Chiodo of Clare Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on June 27, 2016 where the customer sought $82,841.00 in damages based upon allegations that between April 30, 2015 and May 13, 2016, variable annuity investment recommendations […]

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IMS Securities Accused By Investors Of Fraud

Nghi Thanh Ho of Houston Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with IMS Securities Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 13, 2017 where the customer sought $175,400.00 in damages based upon accusations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning investments in a variable annuity. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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Lincoln Financial Advisor Barred By Regulator

August 25, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Charles A. Black of Fort Wayne Indiana a former Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation registered representative has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon allegations that he failed to reply to FINRA’s request for information. Case No. 2017053433601 (July 28, 2017). According to FINRA Public Disclosure, […]

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Investors Accuse Cambridge Of Bad Equity Investments

Sanjoy Dasgupta of Greenwood Village Colorado a stockbroker formerly registered with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on July 18, 2017 in which the customer requested $22,470.93 in damages supported by accusations that the customer’s assets were inappropriately concentrated in equity investments. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority […]

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Morgan Stanley Sued By Customer For Failure To Supervise

Richard Joseph Less Jr. of Fairfield New Jersey a branch manager currently registered with Morgan Stanley is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $2,193,015.00 in damages supported by allegations of the failure to supervise an advisor’s management of transactions effected in a customer’s investment account between […]

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Ameriprise Sued by Customer For Bad Insurance Advice

August 17, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Mark Christopher Massaro of Williamsville New York a stockbroker currently employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $750,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that unsuitable recommendations had been made to the customer in reference to the holding of an insurance policy. Financial […]

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Investors Accuse Cetera of Fraud And Misrepresentation

Mark Angelo Senofonte of Edison New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with Cetera Investment Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on June 12, 2018 where the customer requested $12,500.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) unsuitable real estate security transactions were executed int the customer’s account (2) […]

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Investors Sue Laidlaw Company For Churning

Ryan Seth Wiener of Fort Lauderdale Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Laidlaw Company (UK) Ltd. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $30,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) unauthorized stock and over-the-counter equities transactions had been effected in the customer’s account and (2) the […]

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Berthel Fisher Sued By Customer For Misrepresentation

Kurt Edward Stahl of Sarasota Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related civil action where the customers collectively requested $39,491.48 in damages supported by allegations that (1) the customers had been placed into equity indexed annuities that were not suitable for them […]

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Presidential Brokerage Sued For Bad Mutual Fund Sales

Gregory Jon Williams of Greenwood Village Colorado a stockbroker currently employed by Presidential Brokerage Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $151,337.00 in damages based upon allegations of misrepresentation and suitability pertaining to the customer’s investments in (1) mutual funds (2) corporate-debt products and (3) non-traded […]

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Investors Accuse Edward Jones Of Annuity Fraud

Charles James Mazac of Bastrop Texas a stockbroker formerly registered with Edward Jones is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on June 18, 2018 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 supported by accusations that Mazac inappropriately made investment recommendations to the customer concerning a Lincoln National Life Insurance […]

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Investors Sue Oppenheimer For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

Jeffrey Sy Rubenstein of New York New York a stockbroker currently employed by Oppenheimer Co. 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 between 2012 and 2017, contractual and fiduciary obligations to the customer had been breached and the […]

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Customer Accuses Kalos Of Real Estate Securities Fraud

William Charles Sines of Seminole Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Kalos Capital Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint which was resolved for $19,737.00 in damages on March 2, 2018 based upon allegations that unsuitable real estate security and mutual fund recommendations had been made to the customer. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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Investors Sue Wells Fargo For Excessive Fees

Dylan Thomas Spadt of Hellertown Pennsylvania a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 26, 2017 where the customer sought $14,900.00 in damages based upon accusations that between January 1, 2013 and August 26, 2017, Spadt allocated the customer’s variable […]

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Mount Laurel Stockbroker Accused Of Selling Bad Bonds

Earl Marks a stockbroker with RBC Capital Markets in Mount Laurel, New Jersey was recently the subject of a customer intiated, investment related complaint filed before the Financial Industy Regulatory Authority seeking damages in excess of $500,000 resulting from the sale of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) and other high yield securities.  FINRA Arbitration No. […]

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UBS Sued By Customer For Failure To Execute

August 14, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Greg Grajek of San Diego California a stockbroker employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action where the customer sought $9,049.78 in damages supported by accusations of the failure to follow the customer’s instructions concerning penny stock investments which led to the customer’s positions having been […]

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Investors Seek Damages From AXA Advisors For Misconduct

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

Paul Thomas Rutkowski of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker currently employed by AXA Advisors LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $180,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) transactions were executed in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the customer and (2) the customer had […]

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Investors Accuse JP Morgan Of Misrepresentation

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

Elena Pilar Martinez (also known as Elena Pilar Blowers) a stockbroker currently registered with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 22, 2018 in which the customer sought $8,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that the customer’s managed account investment had been misrepresented between May […]

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Kazmi Complaint Lists Conned Customers

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

Farrukh Shazad Kazmi of Moorestown New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with Berthel Fisher Company has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in a Complaint alleging that Kazmi exercised discretion in customers’ accounts without having procured permission from the customers or the firm. Department of Enforcement v. Farrukh S. Kazmi Disciplinary Proceeding No. […]

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Customer Sues UBS Financial For Unauthorized Trading

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

Dwight Clyde West of Lone Tree Colorado a stockbroker and financial advisor currently registered with UBS Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $500,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that between 2008 and 2017: (1) unsuitable investment recommendations had been made to the […]

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REITs Not Right For Ameritas Investors

Michael Scott Arteca of Matawan New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameritas Investment Corp is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $200,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that real estate investment trusts were misrepresented to the customer. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. 18-01328 (May […]

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Client One Client Sues Client One Broker For Bad Advice

Charles William Sawyer Jr. of Owings Mills Maryland a stockbroker currently employed by Client One Securities, owned by the Creative One Marketing Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $40,249.00 in damages supported by allegations that the customer was provided poor advice relating to mutual […]

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Customer Accuses Merrill Lynch Of Annuity Misrepresentation

Joel Lansat of Palm Beach Gardens Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on December 4, 2017 where the customer sought unspecified damages supported by allegations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer on variable annuity documentation at the […]

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Wells Fargo Sued For Bad Oil And Gas Investments

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

Bryan Gerald Musso of New Orleans Louisiana a stockbroker currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested unspecified damages based upon allegations that unsuitable oil and gas shares had been purchased by Musso in the customer’s account. Financial Industry […]

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Customer Sues Merriman Capital For Securities Fraud

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

David Jonathan Merriman of San Francisco California a former chief executive officer of Merriman Capital Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $60,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of poor performance pertaining to over-the-counter equities. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. 17-00954 (Dec. 8, 2017). FINRA […]

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Customer Sues Cetera Advisors For Breach Of Contract

Steven Franklin Brandt of Alexandria Virginia a stockbroker formerly registered with Cetera Advisors LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $50,000.00 in damages supported by allegations of (1) breach of contract (2) the customer having been placed in direct participation program or limited partnership interests that […]

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FINRA Bars Another Arbitration Deadbeat Broker

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

Anthony Minerva of Syosset New York a stockbroker and chief compliance officer formerly employed by J.D. Nicholas Associates Inc. has been suspended on February 13, 2017 from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by allegations that he failed to pay an arbitration award to a customer according to […]

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Customer Accuses Wells Fargo Of Annuity Misrepresentation

Patrick John Ratz of Oakhurst New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $15,500.00 in damages on March 2, 2018 based upon allegations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning modifications to the customer’s portfolios within […]

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Independent Financial Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

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

Rey Keith Frimmersdorf of Santa Rosa California a stockbroker formerly registered with Independent Financial Group LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $160,000.00 in damages founded on allegations of (1) violation of California Corporate Securities Law (2) breach of fiduciary duty and (3) suitability in reference […]

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Stifel Nicolaus Sued By Customer For Fraud

August 01, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Scott William Macolino of Atlanta Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Stifel Nicolaus Company Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $121,000.00 in damages based upon allegations including (1) misrepresentation (2) fraud (3) breach of contract (4) negligence (5) breach of fiduciary duty and (6) […]

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Investors Accuse WBB Securities Of Mismanagement

August 01, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Gary R. Gygi of Cedar Hills Utah a stockbroker formerly employed by WBB Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved on November 21, 2017 for $105,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that Gygi mishandled the customer’s investment account resulting in the customer’s over-the-counter equities losses. Financial Industry […]

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FINRA Bars Citigroup Broker For Failure To Pay Citigroup

August 01, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Mark Joseph Flanagan of Highland Park, Illinois, a stockbroker formerly registered with Citigroup Global Markets Inc., has been suspended on June 7, 2018 from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by allegations that he failed to pay Citigroup $102,022.26 in compensatory damages pursuant to FINRA Arbitration Award No. […]

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GWN Broker Barred In FINRA Investigation

Clarence L. McGill of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a stockbroker formerly employed by GWN Securities Inc., 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 requests in an investigation into allegations of McGill’s potential unsuitable investment recommendations […]

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Customer Brings Arbitration Against RBC Capital For Unauthorized Trading

Ken Anthony Carter of Seattle Washington a stockbroker currently employed by RBC Capital Markets LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $450,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that stock trades had been executed in the customer’s investment account between 2014 and 2015 that were neither suitable nor […]

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Customer Accuses RBC Capital Unsuitable Recommendations

Michael Eric Bourke of Florham Park New Jersey a stockbroker currently employed by RBC Capital Markets LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 30, 2018 in which the customer requested $115,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer’s assets were allocated in an equity position that was not […]

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Cetera Sued By Customer For Misrepresentation

John Edward Massa of Staten Island New York a stockbroker currently registered with Cetera Investment Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related civil action in which the customer sought $22,562.01 in damages based upon accusations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer in reference to the terms and conditions of […]

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Customer Accuses Summit Brokerage Of Negligence

July 31, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

John Richard Boatright of Duluth Georgia a stockbroker formerly employed by Summit Brokerage Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 11, 2018 where the customer sought $46,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer’s account was handled in a negligent manner and the customer was poorly advised […]

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Purshe Kaplan Sued By Customer For Fraud

Jason R. Watson of Philadelphia Pennsylvania a registered representative of Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim that was resolved for $20,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) fiduciary obligations to the customer had been breached and (2) the terms and conditions of a fixed indexed annuity […]

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Cambridge Investment Research Accused Of Fraud

Richard Allen Yantis of Cedar Falls Iowa a stockbroker formerly employed by Cambridge Investment Research Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 19, 2018 in which the customer sought $142,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that Yantis (1) employed deceptive and manipulative tactics to induce the customer’s alternative […]

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David A Noyes Sued For Private Placement Fraud

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

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First Allied Investors Seek $1 Million

July 16, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Ronald Reed McCook of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker currently employed by First Allied Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $1,000,000.00 in damages based upon accusations including (1) fraud (2) failure to supervise (3) omissions and misrepresentation (4) breach of fiduciary duty (5) breach of […]

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Investors Accuses Wells Fargo Of Unauthorized Trading

Darrell Brian Hesford of Escondido California a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 23, 2018 where the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 supported by allegations that exchange traded funds were placed in the customer’s account without the customer’s […]

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Salomon Whitney Sued By Investors For Churning

Michael John Giovannelli of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Salomon Whitney Financial is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $350,067.00 in damages supported by allegations of (1) breach of contract (2) unauthorized trading (3) suitability (4) negligence and (5) churning of the customer’s equity […]

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Investors Sue Raymond James For Securities Fraud

David Christopher Hydrick of Memphis Tennessee a stockbroker formerly registered with Raymond James Associates Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $400,000.00 in damages based upon accusations of (1) misappropriation (2) unauthorized trading in the customer’s account (3) breach of contractual duties (4) conversion of the […]

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Investors Sue Capital Securities Management

July 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Richard Crescenzo of Melville New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Capitol Securities Management Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $400,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) Crescenzo made investment recommendations to the customer that were not suitable given the tax consequences incurred by […]

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NYLife Securities Broker Fired For Selling Away

July 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Joel Vincent Flaningan of Fort Wayne Indiana a stockbroker formerly registered with NYLife Securities LLC has been discharged by the firm on May 10, 2018 based upon allegations that Flaningan took part in the solicitation of Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund (an unregistered entity that went bankrupt) without notifying and procuring approval from NYLife Securities LLC. […]

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Investors Sue Lincoln Financial For REIT Sales

Philip Gott Moshier of Solon Ohio a stockbroker currently registered with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $186,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Moshier made recommendations for the customer to invest in real estate investment trusts that were not suitable […]

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Wall Street Broker Barred For Failure To Pay Arbitration Award

Louis Karl Kittlaus of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with Wall Street Strategies Inc. has been suspended on April 10, 2018 from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on accusations that he failed to confirm with FINRA whether he complied with FINRA Arbitration No. 15-02941 (Dec. 8, […]

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Maloney Securities Sued For Bad Oil and Gas Deal

June 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Joseph John Weinrich Sr. of Overland Park Kansas a stockbroker formerly registered with Moloney Securities Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on May 15, 2018 where the customer requested $225,000.00 in damages founded on accusations of (1) omissions of risk (2) negligence (3) breach of fiduciary duty and […]

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CP Capital Securities Broker Barred For Fraud

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

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Invest Financial Named In Annuity Fraud Claim

Eric Todd Stuckey of Suwanee Georgia a stockbroker currently employed by Invest Financial Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $220,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Stuckey (1) made misrepresentations to the customer concerning the terms and risks of variable annuity investments and (2) made […]

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Wells Fargo Accused of CD Fraud

June 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

John Perrin Kellar of Fort Lauderdale Florida a stockbroker currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 23, 2018 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 founded on accusations that the customer was placed in unsuitable certificate of deposit investments […]

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Edward Jones Broker Barred In Investigation

June 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Alana Marie Lewis of New London Wisconsin 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 allegations that Lewis neglected to provide FINRA with a response to its request for her information. Case No. 2016051358201 (Jan. 2, 2018). FINRA […]

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Customer Sues Janney Montgomery Scott For Overconcentration

Jack Wendell Griffith Jr. of Columbia South Carolina a stockbroker currently employed by Janney Montgomery Scott LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $200,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) fiduciary duties had been breached (2) the customer’s assets were overconcentrated in over-the-counter equities and […]

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Centaurus Financial Sued For Bad Investments

June 25, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Gregory John Richards of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker currently registered with Centaurus Financial is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $23,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that unsuitable investment recommendations had been made to the customer concerning real estate security and fixed annuity products. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority […]

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FINRA Bars Tullett Prebon Broker For Failure To Cooperate

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

Richard James Murphy of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Tullett Prebon Financial Services 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 provide FINRA with a response to its request for information. Case No. […]

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UBS Financial Sued For Unsuitable Recommendations

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

Mark S. Katz of Houston Texas a stockbroker currently registered with UBS Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $866,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) unsuitable recommendations had been made to the customer concerning investment reallocations and (2) misrepresentations were made […]

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First Allied Stockbroker Barred In FINRA Investigation

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

Sean Aaron Brady of Saint Louis Missouri a stockbroker formerly employed by First Allied Securities Inc. 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 provide documents and information to FINRA in an investigation into allegations of his sales practice […]

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FINRA Bars Arive Capital Broker From Securities Industry

June 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Casey Thomas Rodriguez of Farmingdale New York a stockbroker formerly registered with Arive Capital Markets has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on accusations that he failed to provide FINRA with information requested of him in regard to his activities. Case No. 2017054592101 (Oct. 24, […]

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First Standard Broker Suspended For Failure to Pay Award

Joseph Dominick Quinzi of Staten Island New York a stockbroker formerly registered with First Standard Financial Company LLC has been suspended on March 31, 2017 from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by allegations that he failed to confirm with FINRA whether he complied with FINRA Arbitration No. […]

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FINRA Arbitration Lawyers Sue Stifel Nicolaus Company For Unauthorized Trading

Todd Michael Niedermeyer of San Francisco California a stockbroker currently employed by Stifel Nicolaus Company Incorporated is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 22, 2018 in which the customer requested damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 based upon accusations that on November 9, 2016, Niedermeyer executed unauthorized sales of stock […]

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Customer Sues Andrew Garrett For Breach Of Contract

June 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Craig S. Forster of Hawthorne New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Andrew Garrett Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $165,000.00 in damages founded on allegations including (1) breach of fiduciary duty (2) breach of contract and (3) suitability relating to stock trades executed in the customer’s […]

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FINRA Arbitration Lawyers Sue Aegis Capital For Damages

June 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Anthony Gerald Polak (also known as Tony Polak) a stockbroker currently registered with Aegis Capital Corp. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $7,927.46 in damages founded on allegations that the customer’s investment portfolio had poorly performed between December 31, 2017 and February 8, 2018. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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FINRA Securities Lawyers Sue TR Winston

June 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   FINRA Securities Arbitration, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Todd Debower Beddard of Charlotte North Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with T.R. Winston Company LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $160,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that an unsuitable private investment transaction was consummated with the customer’s funds. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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FINRA Lawyers Sue Aegis Capital For Unauthorized Trading

Dominick Joseph Diorio Jr. of Melville New York a stockbroker currently employed by Aegis Capital Corp. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $769,690.00 in damages founded on accusations that inappropriate investment recommendations had been made to the customer and unauthorized trades were effected in the customer’s […]

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Customer Sues Ameriprise For Account Mismanagement

Anthony John Leopizzi of White Plains New York a stockbroker currently employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $60,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) the customer’s account was mismanaged and (2) unsuitable energy-sector equity transactions were effected in the customer’s […]

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FINRA Suspends Merrill Lynch Broker For Failure To Respond

Shawn I. Houslin of Jacksonville Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by allegations that he ignored requests from FINRA for information concerning his business activities. Case No. 2017056538101 (Feb. 23, 2018). FINRA […]

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Legend Stockbroker Barred In Investigation

Brian Keith Decker of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Legend Securities Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he declined to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation into accusations of his misconduct. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and […]

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Independent Financial Group Sued For Churning

Shawn Bruce Davis of Auburn California a stockbroker formerly registered with Independent Financial Group LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested more than $5,000.00 in estimated damages based upon accusations including (1) churning of the customer’s investment portfolio (2) violation of California Corporations Code (3) breach of […]

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UBS Stockbroker Suspended For Failure To Respond

John Cochran Maccoll of Birmingham Michigan 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 supported by allegations of his failure to provide FINRA personnel with a response to its request for Maccoll’s information. FINRA Case No. 2018057662601 (Apr. […]

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Raymond James Discharges Rothchild For Misconduct

Ronald Harris Rothchild of Garden City New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Raymond James Financial Services Inc. has been discharged by the firm and its advisory affiliate on April 8, 2016 supported by allegations that Rothchild (1) placed trades in a customer’s investment account that were neither suitable nor authorized by the customer and […]

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Customer Accuses Morgan Stanley Of Excessive Trading

Barry Lee Garapedian of Westlake Village California a stockbroker currently registered with Morgan Stanley is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 1, 2018 in which the customer requested $713,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) the customer’s assets were overconcentrated in speculative investments (2) closed end fund and exchange […]

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Morgan Stanley Sued For Unsuitable Investments

Michael Lee Canney of Des Moines Iowa a stockbroker currently employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested unspecified damages founded on accusations that unsuitable investment recommendations had been made to the customer for the customer’s managed account between 2007 and 2017. […]

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H Beck Sued For Sale of Unsuitable Investments

Phylyp Arthur Wagner of McLean Virginia a stockbroker employed by H. Beck, Inc., is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $400,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that Wagner made unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer by advising an over-concentration of the customer’s funds in illiquid direct investment products. […]

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Fifth Third Sued For Unauthorized Trading

Ankur Bhatia of Lake Forest Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by Fifth Third Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment civil action filed in the United States District Court for Northern Illinois where the customer sought $50,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that unauthorized trades were effected in the customer’s account and […]

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LPL Financial Sued For Unsuitable Investments

Karl Horace Romero of Santa Ana California a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $250,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that the customer received recommendations that were not suitable concerning limited partnership interests. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. […]

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RBC Capital Markets Sued For Unsuitable Investments

Lawrence Alan Fann of Phoenix Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with RBC Capital Markets is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $200,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that speculative equity investments were placed in the customer’s account between December of 2015 and January of 2017 which conflicted […]

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Customer Accuses JP Morgan Securities Of Unsuitable Investments

David Wayne Woolford of Philadelphia Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled on July 28, 2017 for $9,998.46 in damages based upon allegations that between October 1, 2013 and March 15, 2017, the customer was placed in a common […]

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