Category Archives: Cold Calling

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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SEC Charges 13 with Fraud Boiler Room Scam Targeting Senior Citizens-Long Island

July 2017

Thirteen individuals from two Long Island-based boiler rooms were charged with securities fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission who alleges that they made hundreds of thousands of cold calls, many of which targeted senior citizens.

The SEC press release makes quite a few shocking allegations and demonstrates just how far the unscrupulous will go to take advantage of the general public, for example:

  • It is estimated that over $10 million was scammed from innocent and unknowing victims.
  • A boiler room salesman allegedly claimed that Walt Disney Co. was buying into a company that would cause the penny stock he was touting to soar.
  • Victims were harassed and intimidated by sale personnel…One allegedly told a victim “Do you have any rope at home? If so tie a know and hang yourself or get a gun and blow your head off”.
  • The telemarketers would instruct victims to place trades and a specific price and number of shares and then the scammers would place opposing sell orders to dump their own shares.

Scott W. Friestad, Associate Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, added, “The defendants allegedly used boiler rooms and high-pressure sales tactics to swindle seniors into investing their life savings in microcap securities they were secretly manipulating for their own profit.  But, through a combination of technology and innovative investigative approaches, we were able to unravel the alleged scheme and prevent further investor harm.”

Defendants named in the SEC complaint are:

  • POWERTRADERSPRESS.COM, INC.
  • ELITE STOCK RESEARCH, INC.
  • ERIK MATZ
  • RONALD HARDY
  • ANTHONY VASSALLO
  • STEPHANIE LEE
  • JEFFREY CHARTIER
  • LAWRENCE D. ISEN
  • ROBERT GLECKMAN,\
  • MICHAEL WATTS
  • BRIAN HEEPKE
  • DENNIS J. VERDEROSA
  • EMIN COHEN
  • SERGIO RAMIREZ
  • ASHLEY ANTOS

If you were recommended to deal with any of these individuals by a registered stock broker, you may be able to recover damages from that broker’s employer. Call for details.

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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Ryan M. Murnane-Former Alexander Capital Broker-Discloses Discharge and Customer/Regulatory Complaints

March 2017-New York

According to publicly available records Ryan M. Murnane  , (CRD# 4784140) ,  a   former stockbroker who last worked for Alexander Capital and Woodstock Financial Group,  discloses a pending customer dispute, 5 prior final customer disputes, a regulatory investigation, a termination from employment and 2 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 January 2017, Murnane was discharged by Woodstock Financial Group who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Rep destroyed the personal computer of another registered person and rep had a New York State Tax lien the he failed to disclose to us (it was discovered by FINRA)”

In February 2017 Montana securities regulators commenced an investigation after a resident of that state complained that he had been contacted numerous times by Murnane, who was not registered to do business in the state of Montana.

Murnane also worked for Rockwell Securities from 10/2010-12/2013.

If you have questions about  an investment account handled by Ryan M. Murnane  , 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.

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Robert Estevez, Former Investors Capital Corp Broker-Discloses Regulatory Matters-NY

March 2017- New York

According to publicly available records Robert Estevez , (CRD# 3161419) ,  a  stockbroker who previously worked for Investors Capital Corp and who is currently employed by Joseph Gunnar & Co.  disclose a pending regulatory investigation, 2 prior finalized regulatory matters, 5 final customer disputes and 3 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 the currently pending regulatory matter, Michigan securities regulators seek to deny Estevez’s registration in that state because, according to their allegations: “Estevez…is the subject of a Cease and Desist Order issued by the State of New Hampshire, and Applicant’s liabilities exceed his assets and the Administrator has made a finding of insolvency as to Applicant…”

In a prior regulatory matter while he was employed by Investors Capital Corp., the State of New Hampshire fined Estevez $50,000 and alleged that ” The State found that individuals in the branch where Mr. Estevez was located made telemarketing calls into the state of New Hampshire to persons on the National Do Not Call List. The State found that Mr. Estevez may have initiated some of these calls”. 9/2014- Com-2013-00002-00004. 

Public records disclose that Estevez has three outstanding IRS liens of $56,135 , $15,646 and $59,897.

Estevez has been registered with Joseph Gunnar & Co.  since 9/2016. He was registered with Investors Capital Corp. from 12/2008-9/2016.

Investors Capital Corp., a part of the Cetera Group, wound down operations during 2016. Many of the brokers were transferred to Summit Brokerage Services.

INVESTORS CAPITAL CORP. SUBJECT OF 21 REGULATORY MATTERS–CEASES OPERATIONS FALL 2016

Investors Capital Corp. withdrew its registration with FINRA in fall 2016. Investors Capital has been named in 21 regulatory matters and a number of customer arbitrations. For more information on Investors Capital Corp, follow this link. 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Robert Estevez, 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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Investors Capital Corp. Discloses 21 Regulatory Issues-Withdraws FINRA Registration

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2017-As of 11/18/2016 Investors Capital Corp is no longer registered with FINRA or a national securities exchange. In October 2016, Investors Capital was censured, fined $250,000 and required to pay restitution to customers in connection with the short term trading of unit investment trusts (UITS) and Steepener Notes.

ORIGINAL POST JUNE 2016According to FINRA records,  stock brokerage firm Investors Capital Corp.  discloses 19 regulatory events that are final and 14 final arbitrations. According to recent press, there are plans to shut down the company in the coming months.

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.

Investors Capital Corp. is an independent full-service broker-dealer and has been a FINRA member since 1992. They are headquartered in Lynnfield, Massachusetts and employ over 500 brokers in over 300 offices nationwide.

During 2013-2014, RCS Capital Corp. (RCAP) acquired Investors Capital Corp. along with a number of other independent broker-dealers, including Cetera Financial Group. In early 2016 RCAP filed for bankruptcy and in spring 2016, Cetera announced that as part of its restructuring they would be merging Investors Capital and VSR Financial Services, known for its sales of alternative investments, into its Summit Brokerage Services unit.

Investors Capital Corps.’s recent regulatory events include:

  • 8/2014-New Hampshire regulators assessed a fine of $125,000 and required rescission of unsuitable sales of non-traded REITs. Regulators alleged that Investors Capital made telemarketing calls to residents in violation of FINRA telemarketing rules and sold unsuitable non-traded REITs.
  • 3/2014-FINRA alleged that the firm failed to have a proper process in place to ensure that prospectuses were delivered to purchasers of exchange traded funds (ETFs) and that the firm did not engage in training brokers about the features and risks of ETFs. A fine of $100,000 was assessed.

If you have questions about an account at  Investors Capital Corp., 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Thomas Guerriero Sentenced on Oxford City Football Club Boiler Room Scam-South FLA

May 13, 2016

The Sun Sentinel reports that Thomas Guerriero, former director of British-based Oxford City Football Club was sentenced to 12 years and 7 months for his role in orchestrating a $6.6 million boiler room operation that has financially ruined the lives of many of the elderly victims.

Guerriero lived on Hillsboro Beach and operated his scam from an office in Deerfield Beach, FL.

Victims told the court at the sentencing that they were “cold called” and were tempted by promises of becoming millionaires. Investors who wanted to back out were physically threatened by Guerriero.

Seven others who participated in the scheme have pleaded guilty to related charges and will be sentenced in the future:

  • Diana P. Lovera, 32 and Victor Lovera, 28, of Deerfield Beach
  • Edward R. Sachs, 56, of Boca Raton
  • Joseph Loish, 59, and Frank Penaloza, 30, of Pompano Beach
  • Steven L. Goldstein, 60, of Sunrise
  • Steven Sharaf, 63, of Pembroke Pines

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

West Palm Beach Man- Cecil Speight- Sentenced for Securities Fraud

February 12, 2016

Cecil F. Speight of West Palm Beach, Florida, was sentenced to 42 months in prison following a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit mail and securities fraud. Speight defrauded 72 investors out of more than $3 million operating an Internet stock scheme through his company International Stock Transfer (IST).

IST was founded by Speight in 2004 with offices in Palm Beach, Florida.  Speight used cold callers and fake websites to entice victims into investing their money in allegedly high yield securities purportedly associated with IST.  Investors were directed to wire funds into purportedly secure attorney escrow accounts.  Once there, Speight typically stole the funds for his  own use.

See Department of Justice press release for more.

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