Category Archives: Fraud

Gregg Templeton – Former Oppenheimer & Co. Broker – Discloses $6.75M Customer Dispute – NYC

JUNE 2017- New York, NY

According to publicly available records Gregg D. Templeton (CRD#2412775) ,  a  former stockbroker who was previously registered with Oppenheimer & Co., discloses a prior regulatory event, a currently pending customer dispute, 6 prior customer disputes 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 4/2017, Templeton was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that he failed to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in the course of an investigation into allegations that he misused customer funds and committed other sales practice violations.

In 7/2016, a customer of Oppenheimer & Co. alleged unauthorized trading and sought damages of $61,475.  The case was settled for $62,475.

In FINRA case #16-00111  a customer of  Oppenheimer sought damages of $220,000 for unsuitable investments, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and negligent supervision.   The case settled for $562,500.

In currently pending FINRA case 16-02363  a customer of Oppenheimer & Co. alleges fraud and breach of contract and seeks damages of $6,750,000.

Templeton was employed by Oppenheimer & Co. from 1/2007 to 8/2015.   Since that time he was employed briefly by FSC Securities Corporation and Aegis Capital Corp .

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Gregg D. Templeton 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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Mark David Martino-Former Axiom Capital Management Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute-New York

June 2017- New York

According to publicly available records Mark David Martino  (CRD#1010228) ,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by Ascendant Alternative Strategies  discloses a prior regulatory event, a pending customer dispute, 3 prior customer disputes 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 2003, without admitting or denying the allegations, Martino agreed to a $15,000 fine and 60 days supervisory suspension to resolve allegations that he failed to adequately supervise registered representatives related to the issuance of 4 research reports.

In pending FINRA arbitration 17-1008, a customer of Axiom Capital Management seeks damages of $305,191 and alleges that Axiom and Martino committed fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and made material misrepresentations in connection with the sale of private placement investments.

Martino was discharged from Shearson Lehman Hutton in 1988.

If you have questions about an account handled by Mark David Martino , 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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Lawrence A. DeShetler-Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud-Beaumont, TX

June 2017-Beaumont, Texas

Lawrence A. DeShetler, a certified financial planner from the the Woodlands, Texas, pleaded guilty mail fraud according to a release from the Department of Justice for the Eastern District of Texas.

According to the Texas State Securities Board, DeShetler fraudulently obtained $1.9 million from five of his advisory business clients who were convinced to withdraw money from their investments and give it to DeShetler who promised them higher returns.

One client was convinced to liquidate her IRA of over $700,000 and transfer the funds to DeShetler who spent the money on restaurant bills, country club fees, clothing and other personal expenses.

DeShetler was arrested in August 2016. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

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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Blake Kiernan-Former Woodstock Financial Broker Discloses Customer Disputes-Chicago, IL

May 2017 – Garden City, NY

According to publicly available records Blake H. Kiernan  (CRD#4477243) ,  a  stockbroker currently not registered, but was previously registered with  Woodstock Financial Group, Inc.,  and Four Points Capital Partners,  discloses three customer disputes.

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 FINRA case #15-00736 a customer of Woodstock Financial Group, Inc. alleged churning, unsuitability, unauthorized trading, negligence, breach of contract and misrepresentation  seeking damages $197,656.98.   The case was settled for $71,500 in 8/2016.

In pending FINRA case #17-00630  a customer of Woodstock Financial Group, Inc. alleges fraud, excessive trading, churning, unauthorized trading, Iowa consumer fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitability, breach of contract, and negligent unjust enrichment and seeks damages of $200,000.

FINRA case #15-03356, filed by a customer of Woodstock Financial Group, alleges unsuitability, failure to supervise, and breach of fiduciary duty and seeks damages of $108,825.   This case is pending.

Kiernan was employed  by Woodstock Financial Group from September /2008 to May /2013.  He was then employed with Four Points Capital Partners until June of 2014. 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Blake H. Kiernan  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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Nemelee Liwanag Jiao Indicted for Fraud-Philippine School Ponzi Scheme-Dallas, TX

April 2017-Dallas, TX

Nemelee Liwanag Jiao, 47, of Irving, Texas, was indicted on two counts of wire fraud for operating a Ponzi scheme that bilked 35 people out of at least $1 Million , according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas. 

The indictment alleges that from 2/2009-3/2016, Jioa convinced individuals to invest in promissory notes purportedly issued by Shepherd’s Light Learning Center and Lord of Peace Learning Center, non-profit schools in the Philippines. Investors were promised returns ranging from 10% to 100% on their investment.

The indictment alleges Jioa used the funds for personal expenses, including a country club membership.

The statutory penalty for wire fraud is 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

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

Allan George Cooper Guilty of Investment Fraud-Houston, Texas

May 20-17-Houston, Texas

The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas advises that Allan George Cooper, 76, of Montgomery, TX, was convicted on two counts related to an investment fraud scheme using his companies Effective Energy Alternatives dba A.G. Cooper Associates and Effective Funding Network.

Cooper, who preyed upon his church group and others, presented himself as an investment advisor and raised about $5 million from unsuspecting victims who thought they were investing in short term loans to companies.

Cooper touted 12% returns. In reality most of the funds were used to pay back earlier investors, a classic Ponzi Scheme, and to fund his own lifestyle.

Cooper faces up to 20 years on each count plus a maximum fine of $250,000.

Link to government press release. 

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