Category Archives: Elder Financial Abuse

Wedbush Securities Ordered to Pay Customer $1.8M For Elder Abuse-Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA-July 2017

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel comprised of three public arbitrators ordered Wedbush Securities to pay two former customers (husband and wife) compensatory damages of $250,000. In addition the arbitration panel, who found that Wedbush subjected the couple to elder abuse,  awarded punitive damages of over $1 million and attorney fees of $277,000 pursuant to the California Elder Abuse and Adult Civil Protective Act, interest and costs.

The former customers alleged a number of causes of action, including unsuitable recommendations, failure to supervise the broker, misrepresentation and elder abuse in connection with investments in long term municipal bonds and structured certificates of deposit. Dancy, et al vs. Wedbush Securities, FINRA Case #16-0847.

FINRA ARBITRATION

Arbitration is similar to going to court, however it is generally less costly and a shorter process than court litigation. Most cases are resolved in about 12-14 months. If you have losses in your brokerage account which you believe are the result of negligent or fraudulent advice given to you by the broker, or if you believe your broker has made trades in your account without your permission (unauthorized trading) call 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

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Sanders Spangler’s Employer-LPL Financial-Named In Litigation Claim-Austin, TX

June 2017-Austin, TX

On behalf of a retired widow from the Austin, Texas area, Rex Securities Law recently filed a Statement of Claim with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against LPL Financial for failing to supervise the actions of San Antonio stockbroker Sanders Spangler. FINRA Case#-17-01513.

The FINRA suit, which seeks damages of between $100,000 and $500,000,  alleges that Spangler made unsuitable investments and traded the victim’s IRA account without her knowledge or authority.

A few months ago, in 2/2017 Spangler was discharged by LPL Financial who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Exercising discretionary power in customer account(s) in violation of firm policy. “

Sanders Spangler was with LPL Financial from10/2005-3/2017.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Sanders Spangler , you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

EXERCISING DISCRETION

In the securities industry exercising discretion means that the customer has authorized the broker to buy and sell securities without first consulting with the customer on each transaction. To avoid regulatory issues and to comply with firm policy, this permission must be granted in writing. Most accounts are not discretionary accounts, meaning that the broker is required to consult with the customer before making a purchase or sale in the account.

FINRA ARBITRATION

Arbitration is an alternative to litigation or mediation in order to resolve a dispute over damages when a customer has suffered losses due to the negligence or fraud of a stockbroker. The process is much more expedient and far 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

Elder Financial Exploitation Seminar-Williston, VT-May 18, 2017

May 16, 2017-Williston, VT

The New England Federal Credit Union is holding a seminar on Elder Financial Exploitation on Thursday, May 18th, at their main branch located at 141 Harvest Lane in Williston, from 5:30-7:00pm.

The seminar is free and open to the public.

If you are concerned about losses in your brokerage account or the investment accounts of your parents or loved ones, call for a no charge consultation to discuss your options. We have been helping investors recover damages for investment losses for over 25 years.

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

Steven H. Murphy – Former VSR Financial Services Broker- Discloses Customer Disputes- Simi Valley, CA

April 2017- Simi Valley, CA

The FINRA records  of Steven H. Murphy,  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by  Summit Brokerage Services  and was previously employed by VSR Financial Services, disclose a pending  customer dispute and a prior 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 currently pending FINRA arbitration 16-01531 a customer of VSR Financial Services alleges damages in an unstated amount for  unsuitable investments, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of California state  elder abuse from 8/2008 to 11/2014 in connection with the purchase of Direct Investments – limited partnerships, private placements , Equipment Leasing investments  and Real Estate Securities.

Murphy was employed by VSR Financial Services from 6/2005- 9/2016. He is currently employed by Summit Brokerage Services.

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments . In their findings, FINRA criticized VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

 VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage ServicesSee this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Steven Murphy or if you have losses in an account at VSR Financial Services, 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

RIchard G. Cody-Former Concorde Investment Services Broker-Charged With Fraud by SEC-Spring Lake, NJ

UPDATED JUNE 2017- Spring Lake, New Jersey

According to publicly available records Richard G. Cody , (CRD# 2794558) ,  a  currently unregistered stockbroker who last worked for IFS Securities  , has numerous disclosures: 

  • 2 pending and 1 prior regulatory events
  • 1 civil lawsuit
  • 13 currently pending customer disputes
  • 3 prior customer disputes
  • 2 currently pending regulatory investigations
  • 1 termination from employment
  • 1 outstanding judgment/lien

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 December 2016 the SEC instituted litigation charging Cody with defrauding his retired clients by concealing the fact that their retirement accounts had suffered extensive losses and that the monthly payments they were receiving were exhausting their retirement savings. The SEC alleges that Cody concealed their substantial losses by making materially misleading statements, leading the clients to believe that their investments were maintaining steady value and that their monthly withdrawals were being financed by investment gains.

Currently pending customer disputes include:

  • 4/2017-A customer of Westminster Financial Securities seeks damages of $164,358 and alleges that Cody misrepresented account balances.
  • 3/2017-A customer of Concorde Investment Services seeks damages of $150,000 and alleges that Cody misappropriated funds and forged documents.
  • 3/2017-A customer of Concorde Investment Services seeks damages of $25,000 and alleges that Cody misappropriated funds and forged documents.

Richard G. Cody‘s employment in the securities industry includes IFS Securities, Concorde Investment Services and Westminster Financial Securities.

In September 2016 Cody was discharged by IFS Securities who alleged that Cody was “selling away” from the firm and had forged documents.

For information on Richard Cody’s ex-wife Jill Cody (Tramontano) who has been barred from the securities industry and who faces a number of customer suits, follow this link.

We are interested in speaking with former customers of Richard G. Cody and Jill Cody (Tramontano). 

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