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Marc Reda-Spartan Capital Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Claims

OCTOBER 2017

According to FINRA records,  Marc A. Reda , a broker who is currently employed by Spartan Capital Securities, discloses 9 prior customer disputes a prior regulatory event, 2 terminations from employment and a currently outstanding judgment/lien.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In June 2017, without admitting or denying the findings, Marc Reda consented to a fine of $5,000 and a three month suspension. FINRA found that he exercised discretion in customer accounts without written authorization from the customers and that he failed to timely disclose on FINRA Form U4 a federal tax lien filed against him in the amount of $575,101.

The prior customer disputes include the following settlements:

  • FINRA Arbitration 16-1461-a customer of his prior employer PHX FInancial alleged breach of fiduciary duty and unsuitable recommendations, seeking damages of $100,000. That case was settled in 7/2016 for $26,000.
  • In 4/2016 a customer of PHX Financial alleged that Reda traded his account without authority and breach of fiduciary responsibility, seeking damages of over $500,000. That case was settled in 5/2016 for $85,000.
  • In 3/2016 a customer of his prior employer Phoenix Financial Services alleged that beginning in 11/2015 Reda failed to follow the customer’s instructions, made trades without authority and over concentrated investments causing damages of $500,000. That case was settled in 6/2016 for $112,500.
  • In 1/2016 a customer of Phoenix Financial Services alleged that Reda made unauthorized trades in her account causing damages of $400,000. That case was settled in 2/2016 for $120,000.

According to FINRA records, Reda  has been registered with Spartan Capital Securities  since 5/2016. Reda was registered with First Standard Financial from 2/2016-5/2016. Prior to that he was registered with PHX Financial from 10/2014-1/2016 and with Laidlaw & Company from 11/2013-10/2014.

In 1/2016 Marc Reda was “permitted to resign” from PHX Financial who alleged that Reda violated firm policy.

FINRA records disclose an Internal Revenue Service lien filed in the Supreme Court of Richmond County, New York,  against Reda in the amount of $575,101.

If you have losses in an account handled by Marc A. Reda contact us to learn how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Joseph Sterling-Geneos Wealth Management Broker-Subject of Customer Suits Over Real Estate Investments-Apple Valley, MN

October 2017-Apple Valley, MN

The FINRA records of  Joseph H. Sterling ,  a  stockbroker who has been registered with Geneos Wealth Management since 2005 disclose 2 pending customer disputes.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

The pending customer disputes both relate to the sale of real estate securities.

  • FINRA Case 17-1906- A customer of Geneos Wealth Management alleges that Sterling recommended unsuitable real estate investments in 2012 and 2013 and is seeking damages of $290,000.
  • FINRA Case 17-1685-A customer of Geneos Wealth Management alleges unsuitable recommendations by Sterling to invest in real estate securities and other direct investments, including limited partnerships. Damages of between $500,000 and $900,000 are sought.

Brokers are required to only recommend investments to clients that meet the client’s investment objectives and risk tolerance. Call to discuss your options. If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Joseph H. Sterling , you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Aldo Marchena-Former Northeast Securities Broker-Discloses Settlments to Customers and Regulatory Sanction-Boca Raton, FL

UPDATE October 2017Aldo Marchena, who is not currently registered with any broker dealer,  discloses four customer disputes on his FINRA record ,  including:

FINRA Case 16-1918-in which a customer of Northeast Securities alleges damages of $75,000 for breach of fiduciary duty by recommending high risk investments. This case was settled in December 2016 for $30,000.

FINRA Case 15-3116-in which a customer of Northeast Securities alleges damages of $65,250 for unauthorized trading and unsuitable investments. This case was settled for $45,000 in November 2016

ORIGINAL POST -March 24, 2016-Boca Raton, FL

Aldo Nestor Marchena , a broker with Northeast Securities, entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that  he engaged in an outside business activity while associated with Northeast Securities without providing written notice to the firm in violation of FINRA rules.

In addition, FINRA alleged that Marchena made inaccurate statements on two annual firm questionnaires , in violation of FINRA rules.

According to FINRA records, Marchena formed ABC, a Florida LLC which offered business consulting services and used his Northeast Securities address as the official address of ABC. In early 2011, Marchena orally requested permission from the firm to refer Northeast Securities customers to ABC for business consulting purposes and for referrals from ABC for brokerage services. The firm denied the request.

According to FINRA, Marchena did not tell the firm he was continuing his involvement with ABC.

AWC No.  2014040769401

Marchena was suspended by FINRA from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for five months and fined $5,000 in April 2016.

FINRA records disclose that Marchena was registered with Northeast Securities from 10/2010-4/2014. Prior to that he was employed by Kovack Securities. He is not currently registered as of October 2017. Marchena also discloses a business relationship with Global Investment Group.

Northeast Securities was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Mitchelfield , NY.  According to FINRA , Northeast Securities discloses 15  regulatory events and 12 customer arbitrations.

If you have losses in an account handled by Aldo Marchena, you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Losses on Tiburon Saltwater Reclamation Fund Private Placement ?

October 2017-Austin, Texas / Greenville, South Carolina

If you lost money on the Tiburon Saltwater Reclamation Fund, we may be able to help you recover damages.

FINRA (The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) recently filed a fraud complaint alleging that Sandlapper Securities created and sold private placements in saltwater disposal wells in Texas while charging huge markups (as much as 270%), totalling over $8 million in undisclosed markups.

Sandlapper CEO Trevor Gordon and another Sandlapper executive Jack Bixler are also named in the complaint which alleges that investors were defrauded when undisclosed markups were channeled to Sandlapper through a middleman development company owned by the defendants. FINRA Complaint No. 2014041860801. 

According to the FINRA complaint, investors in Tiburon Saltwater Reclamation Fund were led to believe that not only was their capital protected but they could also anticipate a long term return of 15%.

Private placements are non public offerings that are only sold to accredited investors.

If you purchased  the Tiburon Saltwater Reclamation Fund, call to learn about your options for recovery.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Paul V Blum-Former RBC Capital Broker- Sued by Clients for Unsuitable Trading-W. Palm Beach, FL

October 2017-West Palm Beach, FL

The FINRA records of  Paul Vincent Blum ,  a  stockbroker who was previously employed by RBC Capital Markets disclose a prior regulatory event, 9 pending customer disputes and 14 prior customer disputes.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In August 2017, Blum was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA for failing to appear for on the record testimony during the course of an investigation in connection with customer complaints alleging unsuitable trading.

In the pending arbitrations customers make various allegations of wrongdoing, mostly related to unsuitable investments in energy related investments,  including the following:

  • Blum recommended unsuitable and over-concentrated investments in the energy sector. Damages alleged, $886,070.
  • Three former customers allege that Blum was involved as an intermediary in making  unsuitable recommendations of energy sector corporate bond investments. Damages are alleged to be $525,000, $6,000,000  and $2,250,000.

Total dollar amount of the settlements already paid on  the prior customer disputes  is over $1.7 million.

If you have losses in an account handled by Paul Blum, call to discuss how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

 

William W. Marshall-Ameriprise Broker-Discloses 4 Pending Customer Arbitrations-Plano, TX

October 2017-Plano, TX

The FINRA records of  William W. Marshall ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Ameriprise Financial Services disclose a prior regulatory event, 4 pending customer disputes including at least one claim that alleges a fraudulent investment.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In June 2016 Marshall was sanctioned by FINRA who found that he participated in the sale of $1.72 million of privately issued preferred stock without approval of his employing firm and that he received common stock purchase warrants as compensation for serving as a member of the advisory board of the issuer. FINRA found that the offering materials, including sales literature, contained misleading, exaggerated and/or unwarranted statements and inadequate risk disclosures. Marshall was fined $10,000 by FINRA and was suspended from 3/2016-6/2017. FINRA Case 2012033291204.

The pending customer disputes include:

  • A customer of Ameriprise Financial alleges that they were sold two fraudulent investments: $100,000 in Colorado Rare Earths and $100,000 in WestMountain Index Advisors now known as WestMountain Gold. FINRA Case 17-2240
  • A customer of Ameriprise Financial alleges that Marshall recommended they invest $150,000 in an outside investment, BioChemics, without disclosing material information and his relationship to it. FINRA Case 17-1801.
  • A customer of Ameriprise Financial alleges that there was a failure to conduct reasonable due diligence in connection with the sale of Colorado Rare Earths which was represented as a conservative, low risk investment. Damages of $100,000 are sought. FINRA Case 17-1575
  • A customer of Hilltop Securities alleges selling away, misrepresentation and unsuitable recommendations of unregistered securities and seek $350,000. FINRA Case 17-1564.

William Marshall’s employment history includes:

  • Ameriprise Financial Services                     12/2010-present
  • Southwest Securities (now Hilltop)            10/19999-12/2001

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by William W. Marshall , you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

San Antonio Based Investment Professionals Inc. Sanctioned for Unsuitable Advice

October 2017-San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas, based stock brokerage firm Investment Professionals, Inc.  (IPI)  recently was ordered by William F. Galvin of the Massachusetts Securities Division to pay a $100,000 fine and offer restitution to four senior clients who were allegedly sold unsuitable investment products from offices on the premises of local financial institutions.

In addition the settlement order requires IPI to retain an independent compliance consultant to review the firm’s policies governing supervision of their Massachusetts-registered financial consultants and the sales of securities to persons over 65.

In November 2016, Massachusetts regulators charged IPI with using high pressure sales contests and selling unsuitable investment products to senior citizens who were depositors at community banks.

“This case highlights the dangers of aggressive sales culture that leaves older customers exposed to pressure to buy unsuitable investments,” Secretary Galvin said. “This is especially true when the broker dealer is operating out of a community bank.”

Link to the Massachusetts Securities Division/ Investment Professionals Consent Order. 

In February 2017, without admitting or denying, Investment Professionals agreed to pay FINRA $125,000 and to the entry of findings that from 10/2011-10/2013 it executed 167 non-bona fide municipal transactions without a change of beneficial ownership and that the execution of seven of the transactions were pre -arranged. FINRA also found that IPI did not have written supervisory procedures applicable to trading in limited partnership accounts. FINRA Case 20120313632.

Investment Professionals, Inc., has been a FINRA member since 1992 and operates over 300 branch offices and over 360 employees nationwide.

FINRA records disclose that Investment Professionals, Inc. has 15 prior final regulatory events.

If you have questions about an account handled by Investment Professionals, Inc. call to learn your options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870