Category Archives: Churning

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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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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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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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

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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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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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

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870