Category Archives: Finra Investigation of Stockbroker

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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Richard W. Martin-Former G.F. Investments Services Broker-Discloses Issues Over Sale of ETFs

July 2017-Malaysia

The FINRA records of  Richard William Lunn Martin ,  a  former stockbroker who was last  employed by  G.F. Investment Services, disclose a  prior regulatory matter, 15 customer disputes, a current investigation and 2 terminations 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 April 2017, Martin was permanently barred by FINRA to resolve allegations that he solicited, purchased and recommended that his customers hold non-traditional exchange traded funds (ETFs) in their accounts for lengthy periods of time, despite the enormous risks of holding non-traditional ETFs for more than one trading period.

Martin discloses numerous settlements to customers who invested in ETFs, including the following:

In FINRA case #15-2500 a customer of G.F. Investment Services  sought damages of $450,000 for unsuitable recommendations to invest in ETFs. That case was settled for $290,000 in May 2016.

In FINRA case #14-3679 a customer of G.F. Investment Services  sought damages of $2,000,000 for unsuitable recommendations to invest in ETFs. That case was settled for $500,000 in December 2014.

IN 7/2009 Martin was ‘permitted to resign’ from Latam Investments who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “A painting belonging to the CEO of the firm was discovered missing. Upon review of the video recording from the office monitoring system the firm positively identified Mr. Martin removing the painting from the CEO’s office early in the morning and then exiting the main door with the painting”. 

In July 2015, Martin was ‘permitted to resign’ from G.F. Investment Services who made the following allegation; “FINRA Case 20150445876 opened 3/25/2015. Wells Letter received by Mr. Martin 7-7-2015”

Martin’s prior employers include:

  • G.F. Investment Services
  • Global Strategic Investments
  • Latam Investments
  • Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

If you have losses in an account handled by Richard William Lunn Martin, 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 

Texas-512-329-2870

Mariva Capital Markets Censured/Fined by Regulator-Miami,FL

June 2017-Miami, FL

According to publicly available records Mariva Capital Markets LLC (CRD#2296303) (“MCM”) ,  a  Miami-based broker dealer who has been a FINRA member since 2013 disclose a recent 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.

FINRA alleged that Mariva failed to establish and implement an adequate anti-money laundering program and AML compliance procedures reasonably tailored to the account activity of one of its customers ( a bank affiliate and foreign financial institution) that represented the vast majority of MCM’s revenues.

From September 2013-March 2015 the affiliate engaged primarily in trading of Argentinian debt in an amount in excess of $1 billion dollars. FINRA alleged that MCM failed to adequately identify and investigate red flags of potentially suspicious activity.

Mariva was censured and fined $100,000.

 

If you have questions about an account at Mariva Capital Markets 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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Wells Fargo Securities Fined $3.25M For Supervisory Deficiencies

JUNE 2017

Wells Fargo Securities   entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that they failed to report, or had inaccurately reported over-the-counter options trades between 2008 and March 2017.

Although FINRA’s investigation of this issue in 2008 led to an agreement by Wells Fargo to remedy this deficiency, the firm’s reporting system was never fully developed or implemented due to deficient written supervisory procedures.

AWC 20140403261-01

Wells Fargo Securities was censured, assessed a fine of $3.25 million and agreed to an undertaking requiring the firm to review its supervisory systems and take adequate steps to remedy the deficiencies within 120 days.

If you have questions about an account with Wells Fargo Securities , call to learn about your remedies.

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 

Texas-512-329-2870

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.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

 

Christopher S. Laws-Former BCG Securities Broker-Named in SEC Complaint-Alpharetta, GA

Alpharetta, Georgia

AUGUST 2017 UPDATE-The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Christopher S. Laws and three other Atlanta area brokers with fraudulently inducing federal employees to roll over holdings in their federal Thrift Savings Plans (TSP) retirement accounts into higher-fee variable annuity products. Here is a link to the SEC complaint. 

Also named in the SEC complaint are:

  • Keystone Capital Partners Inc. d/b/a Federal Employee Benefit Counselors
  • Jonathan Dax Cooke-Previously with BCG Securities, LPL Financial.
  • Danny S. Hood-Previously with BCG Securities, Summit Brokerage Services, LPL Financial, Valic Financial
  • Brandon P. Long-Previously with BCG Securities and LPL Financial.

 

ORIGINAL POST-June 2017-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, Brandon P. Long, Danny S. Hood or Jonathan D. Cooke 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