Category Archives: StockBroker Misconduct

Charles Geraci Investigation-Former VSR Financial Services Broker-Woodlands, TX

November 2017-The Woodlands, Texas

According to FINRA records, Charles Geraci a former VSR FInancial Services broker who is not currently registered with any brokerage firm, discloses two pending customer disputes and 6 prior customer disputes that have been resolved .

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 currently pending FINRA Case #16-1180, a customer of VSR Financial Services alleges damages of $930,216 for negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract and unsuitable investments in equipment leasing, real estate securities, limited partnerships and other direct investments.

In currently pending FINRA case 16-2097,  a customer of VSR Financial Services alleges damages of $500,000 for unsuitable investments in private placements and alternative investments including:

  • Behringer Harvard REIT I
  • Cole Credit Property Trust II
  • United Development Funding III
  • Cypress Income Fund VII
  • FS Investment Corporation
  • Odyssey Diversified Notes IX
  • Grubb & Ellis Healthcare
  • Canadian UIT

FINRA records indicate that Geraci was employed by VSR Financial Services 6/2008-1/2013 and then again 1/2014-7/2016. From 1/2013-12/2013 he was employed by Sagepoint Financial.

 

VSR Financial Services Problems with Alternative Investments

In July 2013, FINRA fined VSR Financial $550,000 for over concentrating   customer accounts with various  alternative investments. See this for more information.

During the past three years we have represented quite a few people seeking damages from VSR Financial Services  for losses suffered on investments made  in REITs, oil and gas partnerships, equipment leasing and other alternative investments. Follow this link for more information on our investigation into the sales practices of VSR Financial Services.

Many of these investments were purchased years ago and persons suffering damages from these investments should be aware that there are statutes of limitations and regulatory rules that may make it impossible to collect damages if claims are not brought in a timely manner. Victims who wish to pursue their claims should act now without further delay or risk losing valuable legal rights.

If you have questions about an account handled  by Charles Geraci or if you have losses in an account at VSR Financial Services, call for a no charge consultation.

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

RBC Capital Ordered to Pay $723K For Sale of MLPs to Senior Citizen-Tampa, FL

November 2017-Tampa, FL

A FINRA arbitration panel comprised by an all public panel of three arbitrators, ordered RBC Capital Markets and broker Bruce Cameron of Norwell, Massachusetts,  to pay a former client, an elderly lady, $723,000 for losses suffered in an over concentration of oil and gas master limited partnerships (MLPs), which included:

  • Breitburn Energy Partners
  • Enable Midstream Partners
  • Enterprise Products
  • Ferrellgas Partners
  • Gramercy Property Trust, 
  • JP Energy Energy Partners
  • Mid Con Energy Partners
  • Southcross Energy Partners
  • Summit Midstream Partners
  • Tallgrass Energy Partners
  • CrossAmerica Partners
  • Enlink Midstream Partners

The panel found RBC and Cameron liable on the claims of negligence, negligent supervision and breach of fiduciary duty. FINRA Case #17-0305, Nourie, et al v RBC Capital Markets

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. When a customer seeks to recover damages for losses incurred in a stock brokerage account, cases are typically filed as arbitrations with FINRA dispute resolution. Arbitration is generally must quicker and more efficient than court litigation. Cases are often resolved in 12 months or so.

Brokers have a duty to make suitable recommendations to customers, taking into account their age, health, net worth and risk tolerance.

If you have losses in your account that you believe are the result of the negligence or improper advice of a broker, call to learn about how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

The Law Office of Robert H. Rex, P.C.  , 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

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Mickey Long-Former VSR Financial Broker-DIscloses Numerous Customer Complaints Over Alternative Investments-Plano, TX

November  2017-Plano, Texas

According to public records former VSR Financial Services broker M. F. (Mickey) Long discloses a prior final regulatory event, 10 prior customer disputes that are final and 4 pending customer disputes. In addition Long discloses a prior regulatory matter that is final.

Three of the prior customer disputes were brought by Long’s customers while he was employed by VSR Financial Services and allege damages related to investments in real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil and gas, equipment leasing and promissory notes (alternative investments). Settlements paid by VSR Financial in those three cases are $196,500, $82,500 and $235,000.

The three pending cases against Long are all brought by customers of VSR Financial and relate to alternative investments such as REITs, oil and gas and equipment leasing. Damages sought in the four pending cases range from  $94,438 to $838,389. Claims alleged are highly unsuitable investments that are illiquid and that were overly concentrated.

In October 2016, the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) entered a Disciplinary Order against M. F. (Mickey) Long II. 

The TSSB Order made certain findings with regard to Mr. Long’s business practices during the time he was employed by VSR Financial Services (6/2002-6/2016), including the following:

  • Long routinely recommended that VSR Financial clients invest in non-listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and interests in exploratory drilling programs sold through private offerings (Alternative Investments)
  • Long recommended that a client of VSR Financial who was over 70 years of age invest in Alternative Investments at risk tolerance levels that were excessive.
  • Long did not have a reasonable basis to believe that the recommendations he made to invest in the Alternative Investments were suitable for this elderly client.

Long and and his new employer Calton & Associates agreed that so long as Mr. Long is registered with Calton he will not sell or recommend the purchase of any Alternative Investments.  In addition, Long and Calton agreed that Calton will establish a heightened supervision plan for the supervision of Mr. Long’s practice for two years. Mr Long’s registration with TSSB was suspended for 45 days as a part of the Order.

See this for prior posts on Mickey Long. 

VSR Financial’s Prior Issues with Alternative Investments

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments. In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers. VSR Financial announced that they were winding down their brokerage business and transferring many of their brokers and customer accounts  to an affiliated entity Summit Brokerage Services in the fall of 2016.

See this for prior posts on VSR Financial Services.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

Long was employed by VSR FInancial  Services from 6/2002-7/2016. He has been registered with Calton & Associates since 6/2016. Long discloses a business affiliation with Wealth Preservation Consultants and  First FInancial Services Group.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Mickey Long or  another VSR Financial Services broker, contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

The Law Offices of Robert H. Rex, P.C.  , 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

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Daniel R. Saur-Kalos Capital Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Arbitration-Dallas, TX

October 2017-Dallas, TX

The FINRA records of  Daniel R. Saur  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently  employed by  Kalos Capital  disclose  a pending customer dispute and a  a prior final customer dispute.

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 FINRA Case 15-2389, a customer of Kalos Capital and D.R. Saur Financial alleged damages of $100,001 resulting from an investment in a viatical settlement That case was settled in 3/2017 for $87,195.

In currently pending FINRA Case 17-0046 a customer of Kalos Capital seeks damages of $500,000 and alleges inadequate due diligence, unsuitable recommendations and failure to supervise Saur in connection with the purchase of oil & gas investments, real estate securities and a viatical settlement.

Daniel R. Saur has been a registered representative of Kalos Capital since 4/2009 and is also a registered investment adviser with D.R. Saur Financial.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Daniel R. Saur  call for a no charge consultation.

Viatical Settlement

A viatical settlement is a contract whereby a person diagnosed with a terminal illness sells their life insurance policy for less than its face value in order to obtain a portion of the proceeds while still alive. The buyer (investor) obtains the full value of the policy upon the death of the insured.

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

Christopher Anthony-Former Rhodes Securities Broker-Subject of $2M Customer Suit-Arlington, TX

October 2017-Arlington, Texas

The FINRA records of  Christopher P. Anthony, (CRD #1157930) a  stockbroker who is not currently  registered and who was last employed by  Rhodes Securities, Inc. , disclose a currently pending customer dispute, a prior customer dispute that was settled , a discharge from employment and an outstanding IRS 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 FINRA Case #16-02297, a customer of Rhodes Securities alleged damages of $100,000 for unsuitable investments, churning and failure to supervise in connection with the investment in options, foreign stock and index exchange traded funds (ETFs). That case was settled for $200,000 in 3/2017.

In the currently pending matter,  a customer of Rhodes Securities filed FINRA Case #16-03753 in 1/2017, alleges damages of $2 million for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and breach of contract.

Anthony began working for Rhodes Securities 6/1995 and  was discharged  4/28/2015. Rhodes Securities made the following allegations on Anthony’s FINRA record in connection with the discharge: “Failure to adhere to heightened supervision. Trading with discretion and trading outside the investment objectives stated on the client accounts.”

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Christopher Anthony contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses from his former employer.

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 Merriam IV – Former Merrill Lynch Broker- Barred from Securities Industry- Jacksonville, FL

October 2017 – Jacksonville, FL

According to publicly available records William  H. Merriam IV, (CRD#5222110) , a  former stockbroker who was last employed by Merrill Lynch , disclose  a prior regulatory event and a termination for conduct involving forgery of customer signatures on account documents.

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 of 2017 Merriam was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that he refused to appear for on the record testimony during a FINRA investigation in allegations that he resigned after Merrill Lynch commenced an internal review into allegations of forgery.

Merriam was allowed to voluntarily resign from Merrill Lynch in  December 2016 after allegations involving forgery of customer signatures on account documents. He began working for Merrill Lynch in June 2014.

If you have questions about an account handled by William H. Merriam, IV,  contact us to discuss 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.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870