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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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FINRA Bars Citigroup Broker For Failure To Cooperate

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

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Investors Sue Wells Fargo For Bad Investment Strategy

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

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Merrill Lynch Blamed For Failure To Follow Instructions

Gary Kahn Stern of New York New York a stockbroker currently registered with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on October 24, 2018 where the customer requested unspecified damages based upon accusations that between August 14, 2017 and October 24, 2018, the customer’s investment […]

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Investors Win Damages Against IBN Financial For Churning

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

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Stockbroker Misconduct Continues to Plague Investors

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released its 2018 Examination Report, showing the areas in which the regulator has taken  some form of enforcement action against brokerage firms to prevent them from taking advantage of their customers, and to “better protect investors and maintain the integrity of the markets.” The Recommendation of Unsuitable Investments First, on […]

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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Investors Blame Wells Fargo For Bad Recommendations

November 03, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Annuity Schemes, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Robert Michael Henrici of Coral Springs Florida a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $20,000.00 on July 3, 2017 founded on accusations that Henrici placed an inappropriate insurance rider on the customer’s variable annuity. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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FINRA Bars Financial West Group Broker For Churning

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

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Oriental Financial Sued For Breach Of Contract

November 03, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Jeffrey J. Lapetina Mafuz of San Juan Puerto Rico a stockbroker formerly registered with Oriental Financial Securities Corp. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $115,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) omissions and misrepresentations had been made to the customer (2) contractual obligations and […]

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Investors Sue Lowell For Bad ETF Trades

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

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Wells Fargo Alleged To Have Ignored Investor Instructions

October 22, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Over Concentration, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Ollie Baldwin Harris III of Houston Texas a stockbroker currently registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint which settled for $15,000.00 in damages on October 30, 2017 based on accusations that from July 21, 2011 to July 28, 2017, Harris failed to follow the […]

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MHA Broker Barred For Failure To Respond To FINRA Request

October 22, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stock manipulation, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Kenneth Paul Mulvaney of Norwell Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly employed by MHA Financial Corp has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon accusations that Mulvaney failed to cooperate with FINRA’s information requests. Case No. 2016050424501 (Aug. 21, 2017). FINRA Public Disclosure reveals that Mulvaney was […]

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FINRA Bars Independent Financial Broker For Obstruction

Jon Richard Pariser of Pacific Grove California a stockbroker formerly registered with Independent Financial Group LLC has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he failed to cooperate with FINRA’s investigation into Pariser’s referral of customers to an unregistered individual who […]

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Feltl Company Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

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

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LPL Blamed By Investor For Unauthorized Trading

October 22, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability, Unauthorized Trading   |   0 Comments

John Ernest Orito of Fresno California a stockbroker formerly registered with LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related complaint which settled for $110,000.00 in damages on December 17, 2015 supported by accusations that unsuitable and unauthorized equities trades had been executed in the customer’s account. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) […]

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

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

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Investor Sues Independent Financial Group For Fraud

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

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Ameriprise Terminates Stockbroker For Cause

October 04, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Joseph Peter Colell Jr. of Westborough Massachusetts a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. has been discharged by the firm on July 20, 2018 based upon allegations that Colell violated the firm’s conduct policies. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Public Disclosure confirms that Colell has been identified in five customer initiated investment related […]

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Ameriprise Financial Stockbroker Sanctioned By Regulator

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

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Janney Montgomery Accused Of Providing Bad Investment Advice

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

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SunTrust Sued For Bad Investments

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

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Investors Accuse National Planning of Bad Investment Advice

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

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BBVA Accused By Investors Of Structured Note Fraud

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

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LPL Sued By Investors For Bad Recommendations

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

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

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Morgan Stanley Sued For Bad Municipal Bond Sales

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

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FINRA Fines Summit Stockbroker For Unsuitable Recommendations

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

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Stifel Nicolaus Broker Barred In Investigation

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

Stephen Hurtuk of Boardman Ohio a stockbroker formerly registered with Stifel Nicolaus Company has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he failed to cooperate in a FINRA investigation into allegations of his unsuitable investment recommendations to customers. Letter of Acceptance […]

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Aegis Capital Corp Sued by Investors For Bad Investments

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

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Investors Sue Cherry Hill Stockbroker For Misconduct

Andrew Jack Cohen of Cherry Hill New Jersey a stockbroker currently employed by Questar Capital Corporation is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $500,000.00 in damages founded on allegations of (1) breach of fiduciary duty (2) violation of Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law […]

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GWN Broker Barred In FINRA Investigation

Clarence L. McGill of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a stockbroker formerly employed by GWN Securities Inc., has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he failed to comply with FINRA’s requests in an investigation into allegations of McGill’s potential unsuitable investment recommendations […]

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Customer Accuses RBC Capital Unsuitable Recommendations

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

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Western International Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

July 31, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Municipal Bond Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Henry S. Veit (also known as Hank Veit) of Manlius New York a stockbroker formerly employed by Western International Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer requested $225,000.00 in damages founded on accusations of suitability and breach of fiduciary duty pertaining to the customer’s municipal […]

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Customer Sues Worth Financial Group For Suitability

July 31, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

James Willard Clark of Dallas Texas the owner and president of Worth Financial Group Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim that has been resolved for $160,000.00 in damages supported by accusations of suitability in reference to defined payment income stream agreements. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration No. 16-02720 (Apr. […]

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Investors Sue Morgan Stanley For Bad Recommendations

July 16, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Anthony Edward Dacruz of New York New York a stockbroker currently registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $200,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer was placed into municipal debt products between December of 2012 and August of 2017 […]

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Financial West Broker Barred In Investigation

July 16, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Churning, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Paul Edward Soll of Los Angeles California a stockbroker formerly employed by Financial West Group has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he declined to cooperate with FINRA in an investigation into accusations of Soll’s unsuitable investment recommendations and churning […]

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Investors Sue JW Cole For Misconduct

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

William Townley Koenig III of Spring Hill Florida a stockbroker currently employed by J.W. Cole Financial Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that the customer’s assets were placed in speculative stock positions that were not suitable for the customer. Financial […]

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LPL Financial Sued For Misconduct

June 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

William Weaks Brennan of Chesterfield Missouri a stockbroker currently registered with LPL Financial LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested $22,978.25 in damages supported by accusations that equity transactions were executed in the customer’s account that were not suitable for the customer. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority […]

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Spencer Edwards Stockbroker Admits Misconduct

June 30, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Richard Albert Seefried of Centennial Colorado a stockbroker formerly employed by Spencer Edwards Inc. has been fined $10,000.00 and suspended from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he made unsuitable investment recommendations to customers concerning convertible notes. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent […]

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Merrill Lynch Sued By Customer For Misrepresentation

June 25, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Mutual Fund Fraud, Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Scott David Curtis of Great Neck New York a stockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $100,000.00 in damages based upon accusations that (1) misrepresentations and omissions had been made to the customer and (2) unsuitable mutual […]

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Sterne Agee Stockbroker Fined For Bad Recommendations

June 25, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Andrew Jay Lowe of Centre Alabama a stockbroker formerly employed by Sterne Agee Financial Services LLC has been fined $20,000.00 and suspended for nine months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he made unsuitable investment recommendations. Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent […]

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FINRA Bars Capital Financial Broker For Obstruction

June 25, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Steven Roland Knuttila of Pernam Minnesota a stockbroker formerly registered with Capital Financial Services Inc. has been barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that Knuttila failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations of his unsuitable investment recommendations. Letter of Acceptance […]

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Merrill Lynch Accused Of Sale of Unsuitable Investments

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

John Cornelius Troutman Jr. of Beaufort South Carolina a stockbroker currently employed by Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith Inc. is referenced in a customer initiated investment related written complaint on February 26, 2018 where the customer alleged unsuitable investment recommendations to have been made to the customer between September 1, 2014 and February 26, 2018. […]

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FINRA Securities Lawyers Sue UBS For Bond Fraud

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

John Robert Morris of Warren New Jersey a stockbroker currently registered with UBS Financial Services Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim in which the customer sought $1,300,000.00 in damages founded on allegations that between 2011 and 2015, energy sector investments and municipal bonds had been misrepresented to the customer […]

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First Allied Discharges Broker For Unauthorized Trading

Kevin James Palmer of Scottsdale Arizona a stockbroker formerly registered with First Allied Securities Inc. has been discharged by the firm on February 6, 2018 founded on accusations that Palmer violated the firm’s policies by placing trades in two customer accounts on a discretionary basis without first procuring written authorization from the customer and First […]

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FINRA Bars Western International Broker For Misconduct

Dennis Albert Mehringer Jr. of Passadena California a stockbroker formerly registered with Western International Securities Inc. has been fined $50,000.00 and barred from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity according to a FINRA Office of Hearing Officers Extended Hearing Panel Decision containing findings that Mehringer made unsuitable recommendations to […]

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Customer Accuses GVC Capital Of Misrepresentation

Eugene Lee Webb of Salem Oregon a stockbroker formerly employed by GVC Capital LLC is the subject of a customer initiated investment related written complaint on March 20, 2018 where the customer sought $160,000.00 in damages based upon allegations that (1) misrepresentations had been made to the customer (2) unsuitable equity and direct investment product […]

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FINRA Suspends Ameriprise Stockbroker For Misconduct

May 31, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Brian John Hussey Jr. of Tampa Florida a stockbroker formerly employed by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. has been suspended for seven months from associating with any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member in any capacity based upon consenting to findings that he made unsuitable investment recommendations to a customer and falsified Ameriprise’s records and books. […]

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Customer Sues Wunderlich Securities For Lying

May 29, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Andrew H. Bloom of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker currently registered with Wunderlich Securities Inc. is the subject of a customer initiated investment related arbitration claim where the customer requested more than $5,000.00 in estimated damages founded on allegations that (1) unsuitable investment recommendations had been made to the customer concerning master limited partnerships and oil […]

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Forest Securities Discharges Stockbroker For Misconduct

May 29, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Stockbroker Fraud News, Suitability   |   0 Comments

Jeffrey Scot Nimmow of Chicago Illinois a stockbroker employed by Forest Securities Inc. has been discharged by the firm on March 6, 2018 based upon allegations that Nimmow (1) sold securities without being registered (2) failed to make required disclosures to the firm (3) failed to procure necessary customer account information prior to establishing an […]

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