Category Archives: Churning

Former Alexander Capital Brokers-Gennity and Roveccio-Named in SEC Fraud Suit-NYC

September 2017-New York

Two New York City brokers working for Alexander Capital L.P. have been charged with securities fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. William Gennity,30,  and Rocco Roveccio, 42,  have been charged with making unsuitable recommendations to customers resulting in ill-gotten gains for Gennity and Roveccio.

According to the complaint filed by the SEC , Gennity and Roveccio:

  • knew or recklessly disregarded that their recommendations were not suitable for anyone
  • made recommendations that were unsuitable for certain of their customers in light of those customers needs, investment objectives and circumstances.
  • made material misrepresentations and omissions to customers.
  • churned customer accounts, and
  • engaged in unauthorized trading

As a result nearly $500,000 in commission were earned by Gennity, Roveccio and Alexander Capital LP, while the clients suffered losses of nearly $700,000.

William C. Gennity of Staten Island, NY, was employed by Alexander Capital 4/2012-10/2014 and worked at eight different firms during his 13 year career in the securities industry. He is currently employed by First Standard Financial Company. His FINRA record discloses 3 pending customer disputes and 3 prior customer disputes.

Rocco Roveccio of Freehold, NJ, was employed by Alexander Capital 6/2012-10/2014 and was employed by 15 different firms during his 22 years in the securities industry. He is currently employed by First Standard Financial Company. Roveccio’s FINRA record discloses 3 prior customer disputes and two outstanding judgment liens. In one of the customer disputes brought by a customer of his former employer, LCP Capital Corp, the customer alleged unauthorized trading, suitability, breach of fiduciary duty and churning. The customer was awarded damages of $216,275.

In FINRA Case 13-01691, a customer of Alexander Capital LP alleged unauthorized trading, breach of fiduciary duty and unsuitability and was paid a settlement of $87,500 by Roveccio.

If you have questions about losses in an account handled by William Gennity or Rocco Roveccio, call to learn how you may be able to recover damages from their prior 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.

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Terry Lee Brodt, Jr.-Garden State Securities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Event and Customer Disputes – Boise, Idaho

August 2017 – Boise, Idaho

According to publicly available records  Terry Lee Brodt, Jr. (CRD#2033812) , a stockbroker currently registered with Garden State Securities, Inc. , disclose a regulatory event , five customer disputes and outstanding judgment/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 May 2017 to resolve  FINRA allegations that he traded without authority,  Terry Lee Brodt, Jr.  consented to a $10,000 fine and a two month suspension from June 5, 2017 to August 4, 2017.   His official FINRA record states:  “Without admitting or denying the findings, Brodt consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he exercised discretion in accounts maintained by customers without written authorization from these customers and without having obtained approval from his member firm to treat these customer accounts as discretionary.   The findings stated that Brodt provided inaccurate responses about his use of discretion in connection with his firms annual compliance documents.”

In FINRA Case 16-01108, a  Garden State Securities, Inc.  customer alleged churning, excessive losses and commissions and sought damages of $485,980.   The case was settled for $120,000 with Brodt being personally responsible for $45,000.

In FINRA Case 12-3841 , a Garden State Securities customer  alleged unauthorized trading and unsuitable investments and sought damages of $50,570.   That case settled for $24,900 with Brodt being personally responsible for the entire settlement.

Brodt discloses that a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is pending in Idaho and he discloses 10 outstanding judgment/liens including federal and state tax liens.

Brodt has been  employed with Garden State Securities, Inc. since August of 2010. He discloses a business affiliation with Brodt Capital Management of Boise, Idaho.

If you have questions about an account handled by Terry Lee Brodt, Jr., 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.

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Dave Nicolas-Garden State Securities Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute-Hackensack, NJ

August 2017 – Hackensack, NJ

According to publicly available records  Dave Nicolas (CRD#5176405) , a former stockbroker  registered with Garden State Securities, Inc. , disclose a 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 June of 2016,  FINRA case #16-01623 was filed by a Garden State Securities, Inc. customer alleging damages of $100,000 due to unsuitable investments, churning and failure to supervise. That case was settled in 8/2017 for $10,000.

 Nicolas has been employed with Garden State Securities, Inc. since 12/2008.

If you have questions about an account handled by Dave Nicolas, 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Rocco Lavista-Former Aegis Capital Corp. Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute Alleging Churning – Iselin, NJ

August 2017 -Tinton Falls, NJ

According to publicly available records Rocco J. Lavista (CRD#2784573) ,  a  currently unregistered stockbroker who was last registered with Arive Capital Markets , disclose 2 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 #15-02835  a customer of  Aegis Capital Corp. alleged unsuitable investments, unauthorized trading, unsuitable use of margin and account churning.   The customer alleged damages of $466,606. That case settled for $185,000.

In currently pending FINRA case 15-03242  a customer of Aegis Capital Corp. alleges unsuitable recommendations, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and misrepresentation and seeks damages of $204,136.

Lavista’s prior employment includes Aegis Capital Corp. National Securities Corporation, Obsidian Financial Group and Arive Capital Markets.  

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Rocco Lavista 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

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Todd Allen Burnett-Oppenheimer & Co. Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute Alleging Churning – St. Louis, MO

August 2017 – St. Louis, MO

According to publicly available records Todd Allen Burnett (CRD#2703620) ,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by Oppenheimer & Co.  disclose a recently filed 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 April of 2017, a customer of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. alleged that unauthorized and unsuitable investments  were made in her account and that the account was churned. The customer is seeking damages of $849,853.62.

Burnett  has been employed by Oppenheimer since 1/2003.

If you have questions about an account handled by Todd Allen Burnett , 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870