Category Archives: Finra Investigation of Stockbroker

John  J. Gorman IV-Former Tejas Securities Group Broker-Discloses Regulatory Matter-Austin, TX

June 2017- Austin, TX

According to publicly available records     John  J. Gorman IV  (CRD#1070636) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently unregistered disclose a currently pending regulatory matter, 3 prior regulatory events,  2 prior customer disputes, 2 terminations 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 1/2017 Gorman was named in a FINRA complaint alleging that he willfully failed to timely amend his Form U4 to disclose federal tax liens and that he failed to timely respond to FINRA requests for information and documents pertaining to an investigation concerning Gorman’s alleged use of business funds to pay personal expenses. That matter is currently pending.

Gorman discloses a $723,477 (reduced to $291,000)  lien in favor of the IRS filed in Travis County, TX. He also discloses a civil judgment in the amount of $1.6 million in favor of Centennial Bank, filed in Steamboat Springs, Routt County, CO district court.

Gorman’s  prior history as a registered representative includes LPS Partners, Odeon Capital and Tejas Securities Group. 

If you have questions about an account handled by John J. Gorman IV  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

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

 

Christopher S. Laws-Former BCG Securities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Investigation-Alpharetta, GA

June 2017-Alpharetta, Georgia

According to publicly available records Christopher S. Laws , (CRD# 4479529) ,  a  currently unregistered stockbroker who last worked for BCG Securities  , discloses a prior customer dispute, a current regulatory investigation and a termination from employment.

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 8/2016 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began an investigation alleging that Laws did not make full disclosure that his entity was not affiliated with the federal government when offering investment products to clients and that he improperly notarized customer documents.

In 10/2014, Laws was discharged from LPL Financial who alleged: “concerns regarding business practices, including communications with customers.”

Christopher Laws was employed by BCG Securities 12/2014-4/2017 and with LPL Financial 7/2005-12/20014. Laws discloses a business affiliation with Keystone Wealth Management and Federal Employee Retirement Counselors.

If you have questions about an account handled by Christopher S. Laws, call 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

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Jill Cody (Tramontano)-Former Concorde Investment Services Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-Spring Lake, NJ

According to publicly available records Jill M. Cody , (CRD# 4333419) ,  a  former stockbroker who last worked for Concorde Investment Services  , has numerous disclosures: 

  • 1 prior regulatory events
  • 7 currently pending customer disputes
  • 1 currently pending regulatory investigation

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 2/2017 Jill Cody (aka Jill Tramontano)  was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that she permitted Richard Cody, to whom she was then married, and who had been suspended by FINRA to engage in the securities business while suspended.

Currently pending customer disputes include:

  • 3/2017-A customer of Westminster Financial Securities & Concorde Investments  seeks damages in an unstated amount and alleges that funds were taken by Cody.
  • 3/2017-A customer of Merrill Lynch, Park Avenue Securities, Columbia Management, Westminster Financial Securities and Concorde Investment Services seeks damages in an unstated amount and alleges that Cody misappropriated funds and forged documents.

For information on Jill Cody’s former husband, Richard Cody, follow this link. Cody discloses a business affiliation with Boston Investment Partners.

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

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

WFG Investments Ignored Red Flags in San Antonio, TX , Branch

May 2017- San Antonio, TX

According to publicly available records Dallas, TX-based WFG Investments Inc. discloses 23 final regulatory events

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.

Most recently, in May 2017 FINRA  censured and fined WFG Investments $150,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to supervise appropriately the sales practices of one of its brokers in its San Antonio, Texas branch who engaged in unsuitable trading in the accounts of his customers, primarily by inappropriately concentrating the accounts in low priced securities.

According to the settlement agreement with FINRA the vast majority of the broker’s customers held substantial positions in four or five low-priced securities. Most of these customers had at least 80% of their accounts concentrated in low-priced securities and/or illiquid and highly speculative private placement and REIT investments. According to FINRA, these excessive concentrations existed irrespective of the customer’s financial situation, risk tolerance and/or investment objectives.

FINRA found that senior personnel at WFG were aware of red flags that the broker (who is only identified by the initials “MB” ) was engaged in unsuitable trading in low priced securities but failed to take steps to prevent it. FINRA AWC No. 2015045755003.

WFG Investments has been a FINRA member since 1988 and has over 200 registered representatives in 188 branch offices nationwide.

If you have questions about the way your account was handled at WFG Investments  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

Cullen Kempson-Former Commonwealth Financial Network Broker-Discloses Regulatory Event & Discharge From Employment-Sparta, NJ

May 2017- Sparta, NJ

According to publicly available records V. Cullen Kempson III (CRD#1280887) ,  a  stockbroker currently registered with American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc discloses a prior regulatory event and a termination from employment.

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 FINRA suspended Kempson for 30 days and fined him $5,000 to resolve allegations that he effected 40 unauthorized trades in a deceased customer’s accounts. While he had written authority to trade the account with discretion while the customer was alive, he did not have that authority follow the customers’ death.

In June 2016 Kempson was discharged by Commonwealth Financial Network who alleged: ” RR failed to provide notification to the firm of the death of two advisory clients in violation of firm policy and industry standards of conduct. “

Kempson has been with American Portfolios Financial Services since 6/2016. He was previously with Commonwealth Financial Network. He discloses a business affiliation with Kempson & Tschopp.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Cullen Kempson  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

Michael Jump-Former Investment Planners Inc. Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes/Termination-Somonauk, IL

June 2017-Somonauk, IL

According to publicly available records Michael A. Jump  (CRD#1146669) ,  a  stockbroker currently registered with Chelsea Financial Services  discloses 2 regulatory events, four customer disputes and a termination.

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 2015 FINRA fined Jump about $6,000 and suspended him for two months to resolve allegations that he negligently misrepresented information pertaining to the fees associated with replaced variable annuities.

In 9/2016 a customer of Investment Planners settled a claim that they were sold an unsuitable  indexed based annuity.

In January of 2016, Jump was discharged from Investment Planners, Inc. , who made the following allegation in connection therewith:  “Rep used discretion in client’s account without permission in performing unauthorized mutual fund trades.”

Michael Jump has been employed by Chelsea Financial Services since 8/2016. His prior employment history includes Mutual Trust Company of America Securities and  Investment Planners.

If you have losses  in an account handled by Michael Jump  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

Jarred M Lawson – Former Merrill Lynch Broker-Discloses Termination and Suspension-Jacksonville, FL

June 2017 – Jacksonville, FL

The FINRA records of Jarred M. Lawson,  a  stockbroker who is currently not registered disclose a final regulatory event and a termination.

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 March of 2017, agreed to a one year suspension and a $10,000 fine to resolve FINRA allegations that   he made negligent misrepresentations or omissions during telephone calls with customers regarding the sale of mutual funds. Lawson  is suspended in all capacities from April 3, 2017 to April 2, 2018.

In January of 2016, Lawson was discharged from Merrill Lynch who made the following allegation in connection therewith: “conduct involving failure to make disclosures related to mutual fund transactions”.

 Lawson was employed by Merrill Lynch from 11/2012-2/2016 and with Edward Jones from 8/2012-11/2012.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Jarred M. Lawson 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