Category Archives: Failure to Supervise

Investigation of Capital Financial Services Brokers-Mark & Herminia Sitter-The Woodlands, TX

August 2017- The Woodlands, Texas

We are investigating  Capital Financial Services stockbroker Mark Raymond Sitter of the Woodlands, TXand  his wife Herminia C. Sitter, who until June 2017, was also a  broker with Capital Financial Services TX.

Our investigation is on behalf of an elderly Texas retiree who alleges that they recommended she invest most of her retirement funds into unsuitable real estate investments, including American Realty Hospitality Trust and Cole Office and Industrial REIT.

The FINRA records of Mark Sitter disclose an outstanding lien to the Internal Revenue Service of $83,527. Mark Sitter has been registered with Capital Financial Services since 1/2006. Mark Sitter discloses a business affiliation with Chasewood Wealth Management of the Woodlands, TX.

The FINRA records of Herminia Sitter disclose an outstanding lien to the Internal Revenue Service of $83,527. Herminia Sitter was registered with Capital Financial Services from 9/2005-6/2017.

Capital Financial Services has been a FINRA member since 1981 and is headquartered in Minot, North Dakota.

If you have information you believe may be helpful to this investigation please contact our office.

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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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Cesar Rodriguez-Former Avenir Financial Group Broker- Discloses Customer Disputes & Termination- Wheaton, IL

August 2017, Wheaton, IL

According to publicly available records  Cesar Omar Rodriguez (CRD#4451732) , a former stockbroker who was previously registered with Avenir Financial Group, disclose a regulatory event , three prior customer disputes , two terminations from employment and an 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 April of 2015  Rodriquez  was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that “he defrauded investors by knowingly misrepresenting the true use of investors’ proceeds and improperly misusing investors’ funds for personal expenses unrelated to the operation of his member firm’s branch office…..”

In October of 2015, an  Avenir Financial Group  customer filed a complaint alleging unauthorized trading, breach of fiduciary duty, churning, manipulation, misrepresentation, suitability, negligence, indemnification, recovery of commissions, theft, swindling, and forgery.  Claimant alleged that Rodriguez purchased shares in his account and traded on his margin without permission.  Claimant further alleged that Rodriguez falsified account documents.   In FINRA case 15-02744 the Claimant was awarded the sum of $133,989.04 in compensatory damages, plus interest.   He was also awarded the sum of $22,500 in punitive damages, plus interest.

In April of 2015,  Rodriguez was discharged from Avenir Financial Group .

In November of 2008, Rodriguez was discharged from Charles Morgan Securities, Inc. who alleged that he violated the rules of the industry standards of conduct.

 Rodriguez was with Avenir Financial Group from July of 2013 until he was barred by FINRA in April of  2015.  His prior employment includes American Trust Investment Services, National Securities Corp. and Chicago Investment Group.   Rodriguez also discloses an affiliation with Bull Run Capital Holdings LLC.

If you have questions about an account handled by Cesar O. Rodriguez, 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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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

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.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

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

Thomas P. Haugh-PTI Securities & Futures Broker-Discloses $2.5 Million Customer Arbitration-Chicago, IL

June 2017-Chicago

According to publicly available records Thomas Patrick Haugh  (CRD#2185651) ,  a  stockbroker who currently employed by  PTI Securities & Futures , disclose a recent regulatory event and 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 May 2017 a customer of PTI Securities & Futures filed FINRA Case 17-01171 seeking $2.5 million in damages alleging that their account, which contained derivatives, equities and options, was mismanaged from 2008-2016. That matter is currently pending.

If you have questions about an account handled by Thomas P. Haugh, call to learn about your options.

TEXAS REGULATORS SANCTION PTI SECURITIES FOR BEING FOOLED BY SPAM EMAIL

In June 2017 PTI Securities & Futures was sanctioned by the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) for supervisory failures that led to bogus transfers of client funds which were initiated by SPAM emails. See this for more 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

Daniel J. Haugh-PTI Securities & Futures Broker-Discloses $2.5 Million Customer Arbitration & Regulatory Sanction-Chicago, IL

June 2017-Chicago

According to publicly available records Daniel John Haugh  (CRD#2162854) ,  a  stockbroker who currently is the chief compliance officer of  PTI Securities & Futures , disclose a recent regulatory event and 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 April 2017 Haugh was censured and fined $2,500 by Illinois securities regulators for failing to verify information to determine if emails that he received requesting the transfer of funds were being sent by his client. The account involved was an IRA account which belonged to a Texas resident. A phony SPAM email purportedly from the account holder resulted in the transfer of about $45,000 by PTI Securities  to an individual in Louisiana. Another phony email a month later resulted in PTI Securities transferring another $45,000 to an individual in Alabama.

In May 2017 a customer of PTI Securities & Futures filed FINRA Case 17-01171 seeking $2.5 million in damages alleging that their account, which contained derivatives, equities and options, was mismanaged from 2008-2016. That matter is currently pending.

If you have questions about an account handled by Daniel J. Haugh, call to learn about your options.

TEXAS REGULATORS SANCTION PTI SECURITIES FOR BEING FOOLED BY SPAM EMAIL

In June 2017 PTI Securities & Futures was sanctioned by the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) for supervisory failures that led to these bogus transfers which were initiated by SPAM emails. See this for more 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

PTI Securities & Futures Sanctioned by Texas Regulators for Transferring Client Funds Based on Spam Emails-Austin, TX

June 2017 -Austin, TX

The Texas State Securities Board entered a disciplinary order against Chicago-based PTI Securities & Futures for transferring nearly $100,000 from a 75 year old Texan’s IRA to unknown individuals based on the authority contained spam emails. Link to TSSB Disciplinary Order. 

 

According to the TSSB Order, PTI Securities missed numerous red flags along the way:

  • One of the emails requesting the transfer contained the term “SPAM” in the subject line.
  • The signatures on the forms requesting the transfers did not match the signature on the client’s account application
  • The distribution requests had an incorrect social security number and birth date for the client. The client was born in 1934 and the birthdate on the form was 1969.
  • The client had never previously made wire transfers to either of the individuals on the transfer forms
  • PTI Securities’ CCO did not speak to the client prior to processing the wire transfers.

PTI Securities & Futures made a full repayment of the $91,560 which was wrongly transferred and now prohibits transfers from client accounts to accounts that are not owned by the client.

TSSB reprimanded PTI Securities & Futures and fined the firm $5,000.

In April 2017 Illinois regulators, who had been investigating the matter, assessed PTI Securities & Futures a fine of $2,500.

 

If you have losses  in an account handled at PTI Securities & Futures 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