Category Archives: Fraud

Three Arrested in Investment Scheme-San Antonio, TX

April 2017- San Antonio, TX

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas announced the arrest of three men who face federal charges for their alleged  roles in an advanced fee investment scheme.

Named in the indictment are:

  • James Edward Cox, 56, of Waxhaw NC
  • Kelly Ray Coronado, 49, of Del Rio, TX
  • Gordon Richard Moskowitz, 53, of Sarasota, FL

The indictment alleges that the defendants operated a high yield investment scheme preying on vulnerable parties, most of whom operated international non profits, by promising large scale financing in exchange for up front payments from the non profits.

The defendants face up to 20 years in prison on each charge, if convicted.

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 Warns Investors– Beware of Fake News

April 2017- Washington, DC

The U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued an Investor Alert warning that articles on an investment research website appearing to be an unbiased source of information may be part of an undisclosed paid stock promotion designed to promote the sale of the stock.  Link to SEC Investor Alert. 

“Stock promotion schemes may be conducted through investment research websites,” said Lori Schock, Director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy.  “Investors looking for objective investment information should be aware that fraudsters may use these websites to profit at investors’ expense.”

The SEC recently commenced enforcement actions against companies and individuals for generating deceptive articles on investment research websites. They have charged 27 parties (individuals, public companies, firms and writers) with fraud. 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

Matthew W. Fox-Wayne Energy-Named in SEC Fraud Complaint-Plano, TX

April 2017-Plano, Texas

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Matthew W. Fox of Plano, TX, and his company Wayne Energy with securities fraud in connection with a joint venture formed to recomplete an oil and gas well in Upshur County, Texas.

According to the SEC complaint, Fox raised $950,000 for the venture between March 2015 and October 2016, and the offering documents falsely stated that Wayne Energy would not commingle its funds with those of the joint venture.

The SEC alleges that Fox misappropriated most of the funds raised from investors and spent about $500,000 on personal expenses rather than the well in Upshur County. The personal expenses included over $236,000 in casino gambling charges. Fox had previously operated another oil and gas company that failed- Frisco Exploration, according to the SEC.

Link to SEC Litigation Release No. 23809. 

Investors who made their investment upon the recommendation of  a licensed stock broker may be able to recover damages.

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

Robert S. Graham-Former Capital Investment Group Broker-Named in Customer Arbitration-Scottsdale, AZ

April 2017-Scottsdale, AZ

The FINRA records of  Robert S. Graham ,  a  stockbroker who is currently unregistered and who last was employed by  First Allied Securities, disclose a  currently 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 FINRA case #16-01743 a customer of Capital Investment Group alleges damages of $650,000 for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation in connection with membership units in certain investments promoted by Graham.

Grahan was registered with First Allied Securities from 6/2014-1/2015. His prior employment includes Capital Investment Group and Sagepoint Financial. Graham discloses a business affiliation with RG Capital Investment Advisory Services.

If you have questions about an account handled by Robert S. Graham, 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Steven P. Sappington-G.A. Repple Broker-Discloses Financial Events and Customer Dispute-Waco, TX

April 2017-Waco, Texas

The FINRA records of  Steven P. Sappington ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with G.A. Repple disclose a  prior customer dispute, 3 pending financial events and 2 prior financial 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.

In a prior customer dispute, FINRA case 11-02721 a customer of G. A. Repple & Co. alleged damages of $100,000 for negligence, unsuitability, breach of contract and fraud in connection with a recommendation to purchase Naples Fund LLC. That case was settled for $61,250.

Sappington discloses the following recent compromises with creditors:

  • DeGrasse & Rolnick- $37,920 debt renegotiated to $24,900.
  • CBNA-$56,767 debt renegotiated to $20,000
  • UCB Collections-$4,993 debt renegotiated to $1,848

Sappington has been employed by G.A. Repple since 1/2003.

If you have questions about an account handled by Steven P. Sappington, 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Jeffrey L. Offen-Craft Capital Management Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes & Judgements-Garden City, NY

April 2017- Garden City, NY

According to publicly available records Jeffrey L. Offen  , (CRD# 2893980) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Craft Capital Management  discloses:

  • a prior regulatory event
  • 2 prior customer disputes
  • 12 currently outstanding liens/judgments

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 Offen was fined $5,000 and suspended for 60 days by FINRA for failing to timely disclose reportable information. FINRA Case 2016048415301.

In FINRA Case 9-5377 a customer of New Castle Financial Services alleged damages of $98,000 for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and negligence. That case was settled for $60,000 in 1/2011.

The 12 outstanding judgment/liens against Offen include:

  • $4,970 to Sharton T. McLaughlin, MD
  • $17,049 to Daimler Chrysler
  • $58,970 to the Internal Revenue Service
  • $35,621 to the Family Court of the State of New York
  • $6,117 to Salvatore Albanese & Co.

Offen has been employed by Craft Capital Management since 10/2016. His prior employment includes Salomon Whitney Financial, Network 1 Financial Securities, Laidlaw & Company and Obsidian Financial Group. 

If you have questions about an account handled by Jeffrey L. Offen, 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

Kris Etter-IMS Securities Broker-Discloses Customer Arbitration Over REIT Investment-Houston, TX

April 2017- Grapevine, TX

According to publicly available records Kristopher F. Etter  , (CRD# 4562123) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with IMS Securities  discloses 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 pending FINRA arbitration 17-0605 a customer of IMS Securities alleges damages of $52,000 for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, omission of material fact and misrepresentation in connection with investments in real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Etter has been employed by IMS Securities since 7/2004 and discloses business affiliations with KLA Realty, Ltd. , Etter Amalgamated, Inc. and EFS, Inc. 

IMS Securities has been a FINRA member since 1994 and is headquartered in Houston, TX. They have about 105 associated persons and 57 branch offices.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Kristopher (Kris) Etter, contact us to discuss your legal options.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , equipment leasing and oil and gas limited partnerships. 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.

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