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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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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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Raymond James Fires Broker For Unit Investment Trust Misconduct

April 10, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability, Unit Investment Trusts   |   0 Comments

Franklin Hamilton Reynolds of Charlotte North Carolina a stockbroker formerly employed by Raymond James Associates Inc. has been discharged by the firm on October 22, 2018 based upon the firm’s allegations that Reynolds engaged in suspicious activities concerning unit investment trusts while associated with the firm. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure additionally reveals […]

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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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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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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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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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Investors Accuse UBS Financial Services Of Investment Fraud

March 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Gerard Joseph Costello of New York New York a stockbroker currently employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint on December 26, 2018 in which the customer sought damages estimated to exceed $5,000.00 founded on allegations that misrepresentations had been made to the customer concerning risks of an […]

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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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Investors Accuse Wells Fargo Of Investment Fraud

Glen Joseph Webster of Appleton Wisconsin a stockbroker formerly registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related complaint which settled for $145,000.00 on March 14, 2017 based upon allegations that the customer was not provided adequate information concerning the costs of disengaging an outside money manager’s covered call […]

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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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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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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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CUNA Brokerage Services Blamed For Bad Recommendations

March 15, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Stephen Allen Sylvester of Groton Connecticut a stockbroker currently associated with CUNA Brokerage Services Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on April 22, 2016 where the customer sought $40,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that (1) Sylvester failed to make disclosures to the customer about the penalties of surrendering a […]

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Halifax America Fined By FINRA For Failure To Supervise

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

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Wilbanks Securities Sued For Failure To Disclose REIT Risks

Randall Lee Wilbanks of Oklahoma City Oklahoma a former executive of Wilbanks Securities Inc. has been named in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $290,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that Wilbanks was responsible for (1) making omissions or misrepresentations concerning the risks pertaining to real estate security and […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wells Fargo Sued By Investors For Unauthorized Trading

Leonard Anthony Boccia Jr. of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Wells Fargo Advisors LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $1,000,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that from 2012 to 2016, while Boccia was associated with Wells Fargo Advisors and UBS Financial Services […]

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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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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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Oppenheimer Accused By Investors Of Churning

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

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Merrill Lynch Broker Suspended By FINRA For Hiding Recommendations

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

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

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Investors Blame RBC Capital Markets For Bad Investment Advice

March 04, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Municipal Bond Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Paul Gordon of Paramus New Jersey a stockbroker formerly employed by RBC Capital Markets LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which was settled for at least $5,000.00 on January 31, 2018 based upon accusations that the customer was provided unsuitable investment recommendations concerning the purchase of municipal bonds despite […]

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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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UBS Financial Services Sued By Investors For Fruad

Michael Joseph Winn of Century City California a stockbroker formerly employed by UBS Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was settled for $35,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that (1) the customer was sold a life insurance policy that was not suitable for the customer given […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Customers Sue Hennion Walsh For Bad Investments

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that stockbrokers John Dimitrious Tsoukalas and Vincent Wallace are referenced in customer initiated investment related disputes pertaining to allegations of their unsuitable sales practices while they were registered with Hennion Walsh – a Financial Industry Regulatory (“FINRA”) brokerage firm headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey. More Customers Sue […]

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FINRA Bars MetLife Stockbroker For Elder Abuse

Peter Orlando of Warwick Rhode Island a stockbroker formerly registered with MetLife Securities Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a FINRA Office of Hearing Officers Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that (1) Orlando made unsuitable investment recommendations to an elderly customer and […]

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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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Edward Jones Brokers Terminated For Misconduct

February 05, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Failure to Diversify, Forgery, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure reveals that registered representatives of Edward Jones including Bruce Stanley Jakiel, Derek Strubel, John Burton Enoch Cestia II, Leslie Greenman and Tahnee Allman have been terminated by the firm founded on Edward Jones’ allegations of their violative conduct while they were employed by the firm. Bruce Stanley Jakiel […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Citigroup Global Broker Suspended For Dodging Suitability Inquiry

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Donald Joseph Coleman of New York New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Citigroup Global Markets Inc. has been suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Coleman obstructed a FINRA inquiry into his activities which possibly concerned his termination from Citigroup Global […]

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Cetera Accused By Investor Of Annuity Misconduct

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

David Lane Gabay of Tarrytown New York a stockbroker currently employed by Cetera Advisors LLC is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on September 12, 2018 in which the customer sought $52,500.00 in damages based upon accusations that Gabay was placed into a variable annuity that was not suitable for the customer […]

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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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Investors Accuse Citi International Of Making Risky Recommendations

January 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Jaime M. Musa of Miami Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Citi International Financial Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 10, 2018 where the customer requested $182,942.92 in damages based upon accusations that Musa’s recommendation for the customer to purchase Qwest Corp securities was inappropriate given […]

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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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SII Investments Broker Fired For Annuity Misconduct

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

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LPL Financial Sued By Investors For Annuity Fraud

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

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Centaurus Financial Sued By Investors For Bad Investments

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

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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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David Lerner Associates Sued By Investor For Fraud

Scott Mass of Syosset New York a stockbroker currently employed by David Lerner Associates Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) contractual obligations were breached (2) the customer’s account was handled negligently (3) fiduciary duties had been […]

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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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Investors Sue Morgan Stanley For Unsuitable Options Trading

January 06, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Options, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Izhar Shefer of Aventura Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Morgan Stanley is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $700,000.00 in damages founded on accusations that Shefer engaged in unsuitable trading of options and equities in the customer’s managed account between 2011 and 2017. Financial Industry Regulatory […]

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FINRA Charges CP Capital Broker With Fraud

Jorge A. Reyes of Miami Florida a stockbroker formerly registered with CP Capital Securities has been charged by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in a Complaint alleging that between May of 2013 and August of 2016, Reyes (1) utilized misleading materials to market private placements (2) advised a customer to purchase a private placement that […]

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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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Voya Discharges Broker For Violating Suitability Rules

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

Ronald Jason Payne of Greenville South Carolina a stockbroker formerly registered with Voya Financial Advisors Inc. has been discharged by the firm on November 16, 2018 based upon accusations that (1) Payne neglected to abide by Voya Financial Advisors Inc. know your customer rules when establishing new customer accounts at the firm and (2) Payne […]

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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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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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Ameriprise Sued By Investor For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

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

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Investor Sues Morgan Stanley For Bad Investments

December 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Barbara Jeane Zech of Palm Beach Gardens a stockbroker currently employed by Morgan Stanley is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim which was resolved for $55,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that equity transactions were effected in the customer’s account between 2015 and 2017 that were not suitable for the customer. Financial […]

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UBS Sued For Erie Investments

December 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Timothy Joseph Trott of Erie Pennsylvania a stockbroker formerly employed by UBS Financial Services is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $170,000.00 in damages supported by accusations that Trott executed a highly risky investment strategy for the customer’s investment account and placed the customer in unsuitable […]

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UBS Stockbroker Discharged For Failure To Know Customer

December 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Daniel Stephen Snodgrass of Cherry Hill New Jersey a stockbroker formerly registered with UBS Financial Services Inc. has been discharged by the firm on September 26, 2016 based upon accusations that Snodgrass violated multiple policies of UBS Financial Services by failing to undertake the required due diligence process in reference to the establishment of a […]

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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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Pruco Discharges Stockbroker For Suitability Violations

December 21, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Calvin Georges Zara of Ojai California a stockbroker formerly employed by Pruco Securities LLC has been discharged by the firm on March 6, 2017 supported by allegations that (1) Zara engaged in outside business activities that had not been approved by Pruco Securities LLC (2) Zara neglected to complete the appropriate suitability forms for customers […]

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Investors Sue Laidlaw For Private Placement Fraud

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

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FINRA Expels Sandlapper Securities For Fraud

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

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