Category Archives: Churning

Northeast Securities Ordered to Pay Former Customer $1.8 Million-Mitchelfield, NY

July 2017-New York

An arbitration panel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) ordered Northeast Securities, Inc. a broker dealer headquartered in  Mitchelfield , NY, and three of their brokers to pay a former customer nearly $1.8 million dollars in a case involving investments in corporate bonds. The customer alleged common law fraud, churning, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation, failure to supervise, improper use of margin borrowing and other claims.

The all public FINRA arbitration panel assessed the award jointly and severally against Northeast Securities and brokers Stephen J. Perrone, Diane Hawkins and Jonathan M. Zucker. In addition the panel awarded interest of 9% on the award from March 2012 until the award is paid and expert witness fees of nearly $34,000. McLaughlin v Northeast Securities, et al, FINRA Case 16-1806.

If you have suffered losses in your brokerage account due to the fraud or negligence of your stockbroker, we may be able to help you recover damages through FINRA arbitration, a process that is generally much quicker and less costly than court litigation.

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

David G. Menashe-Former Joseph Stone Capital Broker-Sanctioned by Securities Regulator for Excessive Trading-New York

July 2017-New York

The FINRA records of  David G. Menashe ,  a  stockbroker who is currently  employed by  Newbridge Securities Corp. , disclose a  prior regulatory event.

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 April 2017 Menashe was sanctioned by the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance for excessive trading and unauthorized trading. The Notice of Proposed Agency Action and Opportunity for Hearing contains various conclusions of law, including the following:

  • Respondents Joseph Stone, Spadaro, Menashe, Maggio and Barrish violated 6.10401(1)(K) when they charged total commissions of $239,260.02 out of the $877,492.99 principal originally invested by Montana clients, or 28% of their total investment. 

Menashe entered into a Consent Agreement with the Montana regulator and agreed to pay restitution of $15,000.

Menashe was employed by Joseph Stone Capital from 2/2013-1/2017. Prior to that he was employed by First Midwest Securities.

If you have questions about an account handled by David G. Menashe, call to learn about 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

Cathy And Tim Couch-Husband and Wife Brokers With WFG-Disclose Customer Dispute-Dawsonville, GA

June 2017- Dawsonville, GA

According to publicly available records Cathy Hall Couch  (CRD#5276791) , a  stockbroker who currently is employed by WFG Investments, Inc.  disclose a pending 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 #17-00986, a  WFG Investments, Inc.  customer alleges unsuitable recommendations, material misrepresentations, high frequency trading and undue securities concentration or the period 2009-2016 and seeks damages of $1,500,000.

Cathy Couch has been with  WFG Investments since August of 2000.  Her other business activities include working with her husband,  Tim Couch, PC, CPA as an accountant.

According to publicly available records , her husband Harry Tim Couch (CRD#4073942), a stockbroker who is also employed by WFG Investments, Inc.  disclose a regulatory event, a pending customer dispute and a termination.

In a final regulatory action initiated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in 2007, Tim Couch was sanctioned against practice before the SEC as an accountant for a period of four years after allegations that Couch “issued unqualified audit opinion letters for financial statements that were materially misstated.” 

Tim Couch is also named  in FINRA case #17-00986, as described above, with alleged damages of $1,500,000.

In 2008 TIm Couch was discharged from Triad Advisors, Inc.  who made the following allegation on his FINRA record:  “The Triad Compliance Department has concluded its review of the facts and circumstances surrounding a possible misappropriation of client funds by a third party, and the subsequent attempt to cover up by the representative. Triad has determined the representative violated Triad’s internal policies and procedures ” 

If you have questions about an account handled by Cathy Hall Couch  or Harry Tim Couch 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Baris Dincer-Former Revere Securities Broker-Discloses $1.5M Customer Arbitration Alleging Churning-New York

June 2017- New York

According to publicly available records Baris Dincer  (CRD#5637472) ,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by J.H. Darbie & Co.  discloses  2 pending customer disputes and 2 terminations 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 pending FINRA arbitration 13-03605, a customer of Alexander Capital seeks damages of $1.5 million and alleges churning, excessive trading and unsuitable investments.

In a claim filed in 6/2016, a customer of Revere Securities seeks damages of $45,000 and alleges unauthorized trading.

In 3/2014, Dincer was permitted to resign from Forefront Capital Markets over issues of trust and confidence.

In 11/2012, Dincer was discharged by Alexander Capital who alleged “possible violations of industry standards regarding certain bond transactions. ” 

Baris Dincer  has been employed by J.H. Darbie & Co. since 6/2017. His prior employment includes Revere Securities, Koyote Trading, Odeon Capital Group, Forefront Capital Markets, Alexander Capital, Legend Securities and J Giordano Securities Group (now Newoak Capital Markets) . 

If you have questions about an account handled by Baris Dincer  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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Blake Kiernan-Former Woodstock Financial Broker Discloses Customer Disputes-Chicago, IL

May 2017 – Garden City, NY

According to publicly available records Blake H. Kiernan  (CRD#4477243) ,  a  stockbroker currently not registered, but was previously registered with  Woodstock Financial Group, Inc.,  and Four Points Capital Partners,  discloses three 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 FINRA case #15-00736 a customer of Woodstock Financial Group, Inc. alleged churning, unsuitability, unauthorized trading, negligence, breach of contract and misrepresentation  seeking damages $197,656.98.   The case was settled for $71,500 in 8/2016.

In pending FINRA case #17-00630  a customer of Woodstock Financial Group, Inc. alleges fraud, excessive trading, churning, unauthorized trading, Iowa consumer fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitability, breach of contract, and negligent unjust enrichment and seeks damages of $200,000.

FINRA case #15-03356, filed by a customer of Woodstock Financial Group, alleges unsuitability, failure to supervise, and breach of fiduciary duty and seeks damages of $108,825.   This case is pending.

Kiernan was employed  by Woodstock Financial Group from September /2008 to May /2013.  He was then employed with Four Points Capital Partners until June of 2014. 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Blake H. Kiernan  contact us 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

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870