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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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Shearson Financial Broker Fined For Mismarking Orders

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Philip Jay Patlis of Boca Raton Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Shearson Financial 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 Patlis falsely represented that transactions executed in customer accounts were not solicited. Letter of […]

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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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Santander Securities Sued By Investor For Securities Fraud

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Bond Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Robert Luis Maldonado of Guaynabo Puerto Rico a stockbroker formerly registered with Santander Securities LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $500,000.00 in damages founded on allegations of (1) violations of securities laws (2) breach of contract (3) supervisory failures (4) negligence (5) breach of fiduciary duty […]

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Morgan Stanley Stockbroker Fined For Unauthorized Trading

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Abuse, Stockbroker Fraud News, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

Richard Aloysius Juracka of New York New York a stockbroker currently registered with Morgan Stanley has been fined $50,00.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he effected unauthorized trades in Morgan Stanley customers’ accounts. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent […]

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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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Wells Fargo Sued For Bad Municipal Bond Investments

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Bond Fraud, Municipal Bond Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Ross Allen Stein of New York New York a stockbroker currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $32,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that Stein placed municipal debt purchases in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the customer. FINRA Arbitration […]

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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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Bone Doctor Accuses Larson Financial Of Larcency

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Jeffrey Scott Larson of Saint Louis Missouri a stockbroker formerly employed by Larson Financial Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on August 9, 2017 in which the customer sought $34,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that omissions were made to the customer concerning the costs and fees pertaining […]

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Valmark Securities Sued By Investors For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

William James Rossi III of Gainesville Florida a stockbroker currently employed by Valmark Securities Inc. and investment advisor representative of Koss Olinger Consulting is referenced in a customer initiated investment related civil action brought in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court of Alachua Florida in which the customer sought $400,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of […]

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WFG Stockbroker Sanctioned For Unauthorized Transactions

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

Donna Jean Chism of Edmond Oklahoma a stockbroker formerly registered with WFG Investments Inc. has been fined $2,500.00 and sanctioned by Oklahoma Department of Securities based upon Chism consenting to the Department’s findings that Chism engaged in unauthorized transactions in customer accounts. Case No. 17-055 (Apr. 3, 2017). Oklahoma Department of Securities alleged that Chism […]

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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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Oppenheimer Broker Fined For Failure To Execute

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure to Execute, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Johnny Earl Burris of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based on a Hearing Officer’s Order Accepting Offer of Settlement containing findings that (1) Burris failed to follow customers’ instructions concerning the […]

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FINRA Snags Berthel Fisher Broker For Unauthorized Trading

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

John Huey Neely of Edmond Oklahoma a stockbroker formerly employed by Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services has been fined $5,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon Neely’s consent to findings that he executed unauthorized trades in customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent […]

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Investors Slam Oppenheimer For Unauthorized Trading

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

David Thomas Pawloski of Princeton New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $60,000.00 on October 25, 2017 supported by allegations that between February of 2017 and April of 2017: (1) unauthorized transactions were placed in the customer’s account […]

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Investors Chase Wells Fargo For Structured Product Misdeeds

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Structured Notes, Unit Investment Trusts   |   0 Comments

Douglas Hammond Freebern of Bartow Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled on September 14, 2017 to resolve accusations that Freebern placed the customer in a structured product without the customers consent. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public […]

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LPL Broker Fined By FINRA For Unapproved Customer Loans

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Customer Loans, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Carol Ann Holesha of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended for five months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Holesha borrowed money from a customer without the firm’s permission and (2) […]

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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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LPL Financial Broker Barred For Taking Dead Clients’ Money

Cheryl Ann Stallings of Amarillo Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by LPL Financial LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that (1) Stallings violated the firms supervisory procedures and systems (2) Stallings impermissibly utilized the funds of an LPL Financial […]

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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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H. Beck Hit For Failure To Supervise

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

H. Beck Inc. a brokerage firm headquartered in Rockville Maryland has been censured and fined $400,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) founded on accusations that (1) the firm failed to supervise the variable annuity recommendations made by its registered representatives and (2) failed to supervise consolidated reports that were disseminated to customers. Letter of […]

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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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Coastal Equities Pays Customer For Bad Recommendations

November 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

Katherine Salome Horgan of Needham Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly employed by Coastal Equities Inc. and investment adviser representative of Heritage Wealth Management Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $40,000.00 on February 21, 2018 supported by accusations that Horgan placed stock transactions in the customer’s account that […]

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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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Ameriprise Discharges Broker For Bad Investment Strategy

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

Randyl Robert Taber of West Des Moines Iowa a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. has been discharged by the firm on May 10, 2017 based upon accusations that Taber committed numerous violations of Ameriprise Financial Services’ policy by implementing an “investment strategy” that was not suitable for customers of the firm. FINRA […]

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Broker Dealer Financial Corp Broker Investigated By State

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

Russell Al Stone (also known as Russell Alan Stone) of East Windsor Connecticut a stockbroker formerly registered with Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. has been named a State of Connecticut Department of Banking investigation on April 25, 2017 in regard to Stone’s activities affecting the account of a customer who lodged a complaint with the […]

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FINRA Bars Network One Broker In Investigation

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Boilerroom, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

John Paul Angelone of Weston Connecticut a stockbroker formerly employed by Network 1 Financial Securities Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Angelone refused to cooperate in a FINRA investigation into his possible violation of federal securities laws. Letter […]

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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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Barney Barnato Burned For Unauthorized Trading

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

Barney Norman Barnato of Walnut Creek California a stockbroker formerly employed by Barney Norman Barnato has been discharged by the firm on April 11, 2017 based upon accusations that Barnato exercised discretion in a customer’s account without having generated the customer’s permission beforehand. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure confirms that Barnato is referenced […]

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Investors Continue To Collect From Berthel Fisher For Private Placement Fraud

Ricky Steven Geislinger of Watkins Minnesota a stockbroker formerly employed by Berthel Fisher Company Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $75,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that (1) Geislinger made misrepresentations to the customer concerning the terms and conditions of the investments selected for 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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Broker Fired And Convicted For Securities Fraud

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

Frank Anthony Dinucci Jr. of New York New York a stockbroker formerly registered with AOC Securities LLC was terminated on April 6, 2017. Two weeks later, on April 17, 2017, Dinucci pleaded guilty to violating 18 U.S.C. 371 and pursuant to a plea agreement with the District of Connecticut’s United States Attorney’s Office pled guilty to a […]

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Principal Broker Discharged For Altering Customer Forms

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Brian Clark Johnson of Sioux City Iowa a stockbroker formerly employed by Principal Securities Inc. has been discharged on July 25, 2017 supported by Principal Securities’ allegations that Johnson violated the firm’s policy by altering a customer’s fixed-annuity forms. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally reveals that on December 21, 2012, a customer […]

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Commonwealth Financial Broker Vanishes In Investigation

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

Charles Greer Denormandie III of Alpharetta Georgia a stockbroker formerly registered with Commonwealth Financial Network has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on accusations that Denormandie failed to respond to a request made by FINRA for his information. Case No. 2016050805801 (Apr. 14, 2017). FINRA […]

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Wells Fargo Pays In Unit Investment Trust Scheme

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Unit Investment Trusts   |   0 Comments

Robert Frank Pondt of Woodland Hills California a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $22,000.00 on July 5, 2017 supported by accusations that the customer was provided misleading information about unit investment trust products by being told that the […]

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First Allied Securities Broker Fined For Misleading Statements

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

Michael Eugene Health of Ladera Ranch California a stockbroker formerly employed by First Allied Securities has been fined $12,500.00 and suspended for forty-five days from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based in part upon Health consenting to findings that he used unwarranted investment performance summaries when consulting with […]

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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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Fidelity Broker Discharged For Mishandling Customer Forms

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

William Richard Potter of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC has been discharged on August 18, 2017 based upon Fidelity’s allegations that Potter violated the firm’s procedures by having modified a customer’s account documents after the customer had already signed and submitted them. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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Investors Hit Joseph Stone For Churning

Ross Adam Barish of Mineola New York a stockbroker currently registered with Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $14,900.00 supported by accusations that (1) Barish breached his contractual obligations to the customer (2) Barish executed over-the-counter equities transactions in the customer’s account that […]

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FINRA Decides Enforcement Action Against Already Barred Firm

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Boilerroom, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Windsor Street Capital L.P. (formerly known as Meyers Associates L.P.) has been censured and fined $500,000.00 by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) according to a Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that (1) the firm neglected to construct and implement adequate supervisory systems and (2) failed to supervise two of the firm’s brokers who effected unsuitable […]

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Comerica Securities Pays For CMO Misconduct

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Nancy Ruth Gabany of Sugarland Texas a stockbroker currently registered with Comerica Securities is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was resolved for $9,864.58 on September 21, 2018 founded on allegations that Gabany made unsuitable investment recommendations to the customer regarding collateralized mortgage obligation bonds. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public […]

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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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UBS Discharges Broker For Moonlighting

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Outside Business Activities, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Christopher Anthony Paganelli of Walnut Creek California a stockbroker formerly registered with UBS Financial Services Inc. was discharged by the firm on July 6, 2017 founded on allegations that Paganelli violated the firm’s policy by having engaged in unapproved outside business activities between October 3, 2016 and February 23, 2017. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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Investors Chase Amerprise For Unauthorized Withdrawals

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Stockbroker Fraud News, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

Hema Joshi (also known as Hema Jerath) of Flemington New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 3, 2017 where the customer sought $24,339.85 in damages based upon accusations that Joshi (1) placed the customer in an unsuitable variable […]

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Investors Sue Wells Fargo For Bad Investments

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Failure to Diversify, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Jerry Duane Holdsworth of Lincoln Nebraska a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $40,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that (1) Holdsworth effected stock trades in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the customer and […]

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Flying Cloud Broker Caught Selling Away

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Promissory Notes, Selling Away, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Luke Andrew Powell of San Francisco California a stockbroker formerly registered with Flying Cloud Securities 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 he sold away from his firm. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2015045185501 […]

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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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Regulator Investigates AXA For Bad Sales Practices

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

Larry Dan George of Chattanooga Tennessee a stockbroker currently registered with AXA Advisors LLC is the subject of a June 26, 2017 Tennessee Department of Insurance investigation in reference to George’s sales practices while employed with the firm. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that George has been identified in two customer initiated […]

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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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Edward Jones Broker Caught Unauthorized Trading

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

Mark Stewart Saunders of Monroe City Missouri a stockbroker formerly employed by Edward Jones has been fined $7,500.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he effected unauthorized mutual fund purchases in customer accounts. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. […]

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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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Merrill Lynch Blamed For Failure To Follow Instructions

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

Anthony William Smith (also known as Tony Smith) of New York New York a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Incorporated is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint that was resolved on May 2, 2017 for $28,340.48 in damages founded on allegations that Smith failed to abide by the […]

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MT Securities Fires Broker For Annuity Twisting

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

John Wesley Conrad Robinson of Elizabethtown Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with MT Securities Inc. has been discharged on July 20, 2017 supported by the firm’s allegations that Robinson violated annuity policies and procedures when Robinson executed the replacement of customers’ existing annuity with another fixed annuity. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally […]

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National Planning Corporation Terminates Broker For Cause

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Katherine Anne Praydick-Meo (also known as Katherine Anne Salvato) of Naples Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by National Planning Corporation has been discharged on May 19, 2017 supported by accusations that Praydick-Meo violated the firm’s policies by permitting customer account forms to be re-used and documents to be provided by customers that contained signed but […]

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Commonwealth Financial Disciplined Excessive Fees

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Mutual Fund Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Commonwealth Financial Network a brokerage firm headquartered in Waltham Massachusetts has been censured by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) supported by accusations that the firm excessively charged customers on mutual fund transactions by failing to apply discounts for the customers that were eligible for them. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2016049975901 (Nov. 9, […]

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UBS Aycock Fails To Get Off Warrants

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure to Execute, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

David Eliot Aycock of Leawood Kansas a stockbroker currently employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $18,477.06 in damages on May 30, 2017 founded on accusations that Aycock failed to effected the sale of the customer’s warrants. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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Investors Sue First Allied Securities For Misrepresentation

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Direct Participation Programs, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

William Danny Chancellor of Ridgeland Mississippi a stockbroker formerly employed by First Allied Securities, Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which settled for $20,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) misrepresentations and omissions had been made to the customer concerning the risks and fees of direct participation program or […]

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Wells Fargo Broker Barred In Trading Investigation

November 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

Terrence Raymond Puricelli of Chesterfield Missouri a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors 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 personnel in an investigation regarding allegations that Puricelli engaged in unauthorized trading. […]

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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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Signator Broker Barred By FINRA For Obstructing Investigation

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Selling Away, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

David Carl Ferwerda of Grand Rapids Michigan a stockbroker formerly registered with Signator Investors 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 in an investigation concerning his alleged unapproved private securities transactions. Letter of […]

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MML Investors Fires Broker Mishandling Confidential Information

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

David William McConnell of Grandview Ohio a stockbroker formerly registered with MML Investors Services LLC has been discharged on May 25, 2017 supported by accusations that McConnell mishandled confidential information from customers and became subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure confirms that McConnell is referenced in […]

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Cetera Broker Barred By FINRA In Investigation

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Churning, Excessive trading, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Bruce Michael Sabourin of Norwich Connecticut 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 allegations that Sabourin failed to provide FINRA with information after it was requested of him. Case No. 2014041373601 (May 4, 2015). FINRA Public […]

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Investors Sue Oppenheimer’s Best For The Worse Trading

David Warg Best of Bethlehem Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly employed by Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on August 18, 2017 where the customer sought $1,000,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) unsuitable closed-end fund and stock transactions had been executed in the customer’s investment account (2) […]

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FINRA Bars State Farm Broker In Investigation

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

Michael W. Benjamin of Bloomington Illinois a stockbroker formerly employed by State Farm VP Management Corp. 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 for his information which possibly concerned the basis behind his […]

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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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LPL Fires Stockbroker For Unauthorized Trading

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

Virginia Ann Pack of White House Tennessee a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC has been terminated from employment on March 6, 2017 based upon accusations that Pack exercised discretion in a customer’s account without the firm’s authorization which was conduct violative of the firm’s policies. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally […]

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FINRA Bars Blair Broker In Investigation

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

Scott Ellis Stacke of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker formerly registered with William Blair has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity founded on allegations that he failed to respond to FINRA’s request for information regarding Stacke’s possible misconduct. Case No. 201705349601 (Aug. 31, 2017). According to FINRA […]

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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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FINRA Censures D.A. Davidson Co. For Overcharging Customers

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Failure To Supervise, Mutual Fund Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

D.A. Davidson Co. a brokerage firm headquartered in Great Falls Montana has been censured by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) based upon consenting to findings that it (1) overcharged customers by failing to apply sales charges waivers and (2) failed to supervise its mutual fund transactions to ensure that eligible customers received applicable discounts. Letter […]

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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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Investors Blame Oppenheimer For Speculative Recommendations

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Master Limited Partnerships, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

David Phillip Brandt of Saint Louis Missouri a stockbroker currently employed by Oppenheimer Co. Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint in which the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 in damages supported by allegations that Brandt had improperly steered the customer into investing in speculative master limited partnership […]

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Broker Ban Banned For Mishandling Customer Funds

Tony Ban of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Pruco Securities LLC has been discharged by the firm on May 12, 2017 supported by allegations that Ban (1) procured cash from several of the firm’s customers (2) failed to appropriately document the transactions (3) mishandled the customer’s funds and (4) inappropriately used […]

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Investor Sues Santander Securities For Fraud

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Bond Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Ricardo Antonio Rodriguez Vazquez of Guaynabo Puerto Rico a stockbroker formerly employed by Santander Securities LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim on April 10, 2018 where the customer sought $979,000 in damages based upon accusations of (1) negligence (2) failure to supervise (3) breach of the duty of good faith […]

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MML Investors Broker Discharged For Misrepresentation

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

Samuel E. Barber of Naugatuck Connecticut a stockbroker formerly employed by MML Investors Services LLC has been discharged by the firm on March 27, 2017 based upon accusations that Barber became the subject of a customer complaint which alleged that a traditional insurance product sold to the customer had been misrepresented. 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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NYLife Broker Barred For Disregarding FINRA Requests

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

Kristopher A. Galicia Rodriguez of New Windsor New York a stockbroker formerly registered with NYLife Securities LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity supported by accusations that he failed to provide information to FINRA that had been requested from him. Case No. 2017053367801 (Aug. 7, […]

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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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FINRA Bars Morgan Stanley Broker For Failure To Cooperate

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

Scott William Hartman of Dallas Texas a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon allegations that he neglected to furnish information to FINRA personnel inquiring into his activities. Case No. 2016049225001 (May 31, 2017). FINRA Public Disclosure reveals […]

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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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Avalon Censured By FINRA For Failure To Supervise Annuities

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Failure To Supervise, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Avalon Investment Securities Group a brokerage firm headquartered in Muscle Shoals Alabama has been censured and fined by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) supported by allegations that the firm had failed to supervise its brokers’ sales of variable annuity products. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2016047823901 (Oct. 25, 2018). According to the AWC, […]

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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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NYLife Broker Suspended For Mutual Fund Misconduct

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Mutual Fund Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

David Raymond Colflesh of Tarko Missouri a stockbroker formerly employed by NYLife Securities LLC has been suspended for eighteen months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he made unsuitable mutual fund investment recommendations to customers. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. […]

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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 Stockbroker Barred For Hindering Investigation

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

Bruce Arnold Plyer of Florham Park New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley 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 allegations that he placed unapproved trades in customers’ investment accounts. Letter of […]

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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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Investor Blames Securian For Annuity Misrepresentation

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Patrick Dennis Farrell of Huntingdon Valley Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly registered with Securian Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $146,677.22 on January 2, 2018 founded on allegations that Farrell misrepresented the terms and conditions of insurance and annuity products that had been sold to […]

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Wells Fargo Sued By Investor For Securities Fraud

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

Raymond Phillip Kvalvog of Fargo North Dakota a former Wells Fargo Advisors LLC branch manager has been ordered by an Arbitration Panel to pay a customer $75,383.75 in compensatory damages based on the Panel finding Kvalvog and Wells Fargo liable for committing fraud by steering the customer into placing more than $2,000,000.00 of the customer’s […]

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Bufis Barred In Moonlighting Investigation

November 12, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Outside Business Activities, Stockbroker Fraud News   |   0 Comments

Judith Ann Bufis of East Brunswick New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with Kovack Securities Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that she failed to cooperate in a FINRA investigation into accusations against Bufis of selling away. Letter of […]

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