Category Archives: Broker borrowing Money from customer

Austin W. Morton-Former Edward Jones Broker-Named in Theft Complaint-Sallisaw, OK

March 2017-Sallisaw, OK

According to publicly available records Austin W. Morton , (CRD# 5538108) ,  a  currently unregistered stockbroker who previously worked for Edward Jones  disclose a pending regulatory matter, a pending customer dispute and a termination from employment.

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 2016052347901, the regulator named Morton alleging that he converted $36,000 from an 82 year old former customer with dementia. The complaint alleges that Morton first took $20,000 in cash from the customer after taking he took the customer to the bank to withdraw the money. He then had the customer loan him $6,000 for non existent medical expenses, but actually had the customer give him a signed blank check which Morton made out for $22,000 according to FINRA. He also had the customer give him $2,000 for a purported outside business investment.

Edward Jones discharged Morton in November 2016.

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.

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Florida-561 391 1900 

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David A. Cusano-Former Sandlapper Securities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Matter and Customer Disputes-Sarasota, FL

February 2017-Sarasota, Florida

According to publicly available records David A. Cusano , (CRD# 1805308) ,  a   stockbroker who is not currently registered and who was last employed by Sandlapper Securities, discloses a pending regulatory matter, 3 prior customer disputes that have been settled  and two separations from employment after allegations.

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.

Cusano discloses the following FINRA arbitrations that have been settled:

  • 12-0594-a customer of his prior employer NEXT Financial Group alleged damages of $100,000 for unsuitable investments. That case was settled for $50,000
  • 12-2302-a customer of his prior employers NEXT Financial Group, High Mark Securities and SII Investments  alleged damages of $1,593,168 for losses on annuities. That case was settled for $95,000.
  • 11-3339-a customer of his prior employer NEXT Financial Group alleged damages of $945,030 for excessive trading in unsuitable products, misrepresenting fees and commissions that would be charged, failure to disclose material information and breach of fiduciary duty. That case was settled for $330,000.

According to his disclosures, in November 2016 the Florida Office of Financial Regulation filed a cease and desist action seeking sanctions, including a permanent bar from the industry for borrowing from customers, engaging in prohibited business practices and failing to observe high standards of commercial honor. FL Docket Case 58302-S. 

In 2002, Cusano voluntarily resigned from Walnut Street Securities on allegations that he  participated in selling an unregistered security away from the firm. In 2010 Cusano was permitted to resign from NEXT Financial for submitting variable annuity forms that contained inaccurate information.  

Cusano’s registrations include:

  • Sandlapper Securities– 6/2014-1/2015
  • Invest Financial Corp.-7/2011-6/2014
  • Sterling Enterprises– 1/2011-7/2011
  • J.P. Turner & Co.-7/2010-10/2010
  • NEXT Financial Group– 8/2007-6/2010

If you have losses  in an account handled by David A Cusano, call 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Raymond T. Clark-Former Dynasty Capital Partners Broker-Discloses 6 Pending Customer Disputes

August 2016- Buffalo, New York

The FINRA records of  Raymond T. Clark,  a  former stock broker who FINRA has permanently barred from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public, discloses 4 prior regulatory events, 6 pending customer disputes and 7 prior customer disputes. Clark was last employed in the securities industry by Dynasty Capital Partners.

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.

His prior settled customer disputes include:

  • FINRA Case#9-2811, a customer of Clark’s former employer J.P. Turner alleged damages of $1,000,000 for unauthorized trades, unauthorized use of margin, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. That case was settled for $395,000.

Currently pending customer disputes include:

  • US DIstrict Court Case 15-CV-1387-DMS-JMA in which a customer of Dynasty Capital Partners alleges damages of $150,000 for misrepresentation, forgery of account documents leading to stock losses.
  • A customer dispute 11/14/2014 in which a customer of Dynasty Capital Partners alleges damages of $814,530 by a customer who made a loan to Clark and is claiming misrepresentation and forgery of securities.

Clark was registered with Dynasty Capital Partners from 8/2010-8/2014.

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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Christopher T. Tolmacs-Former Triad Advisors Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes & Outstanding Liens

August 2016- Portage, MI

The FINRA records of  Christopher T. Tolmacs,  a  stock broker who was permanently barred from the industry by FINRA and who was last employed by Triad Advisors  disclose  2 prior  regulatory event, a currently pending customer dispute, 2 prior customer disputes and 2 currently outstanding judgement/liens.

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 March 2016, Tolmacs consented to FINRA sanctions, including a permanent bar from the industry, to resolve allegations that he failed to fully respond to requests from FINRA in connection with an investigation into whether Tolmacs had entered into lending arrangements with several of his customers through the issuance of promissory notes and whether Tolmacs made materially misleading statements and omissions in connection with those arrangements and whether Tolmacs converted customer funds. FINRA Case 2016048966301.

In a currently pending customer dispute, a customer of Triad Advisors alleges damages of $385,000 in connection with a loan solicited by Tolmacs.

The two prior customer disputes relate to loans from customers. One was settled for $66,000 and the other was settled for $60,000.

Tolmacs discloses a tax lien in favor of the Michigan State Treasury in the amount of $15,858 and a tax lien in favor of the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $210,273.

Tolmacs was registered with Triad Advisors from 4/2008-3/2016.

If you have losses in an account handled by Christopher Tolmacs you may be entitled to damages 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

Miguel A. Hernandez-Former Thrivent StockBroker-Barred From Securities Industry

El Paso, Texas

According to FINRA records, Miguel A. Hernandez  a broker who was formerly  registered  with Thrivent Investment Management in El Paso, Texas , has been permanently barred from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public.

Without admitting or denying findings, Hernandez consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he obtained $25,000 in cash from an elderly customer he met at church  under false pretenses and converted the funds to personal use. Mr. Hernandez promised the elderly woman a stake in his purported tax business. After the misconduct was discovered, he repaid the elderly lady.

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.

Hernandez was registered with Thrivent Investment Management from 11/2003 until 5/2015 when he was discharged after the company discovered the misconduct.

If you have questions about  a brokerage account handled by Miguel A. Hernandez  , call to discuss your legal 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

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Robert Gill-Chelsea Financial Services-Reports 18 Disclosure Events on FINRA Record

Tinton Falls, NJ

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.

According to FINRA records,  stockbroker Robert E. Gill , who is currently registered with Chelsea Financial Services,  makes 18 disclosures on his official FINRA record, including:

  • Five finalized regulatory events. In 9/2015 Gill was fined $5,000 and suspended for one month to resolve FINRA allegations that he borrowed $100,000 from a customer of his member firm J.P. Turner without obtaining firm approval.
  • Five settled customer disputes including a customer claim for $1,090,718 for unsuitable investments, churning, negligence, misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty while he was registered with J.P. Turner &  Company. That matter was settled for $700,000.

 

Robert E. Gill has been registered with Chelsea Financial Services since 11/2013. He was registered with J.P. Turner & Co. from 4/2003-10/2013.

If you have questions about an account handled by Robert E. Gill  contact us to discuss your options and 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

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Daniel McCourt-Foothills Securities Broker-Update on Investigation

April 17, 2016

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.

FINRA records are public and can be accessed on the BrokerCheck website. 

The FINRA records of Daniel I. McCourt indicate that in February 2016 he was fined $50,000 and suspended for two years to resolve allegations that he participated in a private securities transaction outside the scope of his association with his firm and falsified documents to a mortgage company on behalf of one of his clients to help the client qualify for a loan. FINRA Case 2012030670402.

McCourt, who was registered with Foothill Securities from 9/1985-6/2013, has settled three customer disputes and is currently named in  pending FINRA arbitration #15-00569. The customer in that case alleges that McCourt solicited three loans from the customers. Two were personal and one related to Surf City Coffee, an outside business activity. Damages of $220,634 are alleged.

If you have questions about losses in an account handled by McCourt, call 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870