Category Archives: Misrepresentation

Scott V. Kaup-Former VSR Financial Services Broker-Discloses $1M+ Customer Dispute-Stuart, NE

April 2017-Stuart, NE

The FINRA records of  Scott V. Kaup ,  a  stockbroker who was formerly  employed by  VSR Financial Services  disclose a pending customer dispute involving alternative investments.

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 currently pending FINRA Case 16-01088, a customer of VSR Financial Services alleges damages of between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 for unsuitable recommendations, violation of common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence for account activity between 3/2001-6/2010. The investments at issue are direct investments, &  limited partnership interests in oil and gas and real estate securities.

Kaup was employed by VSR FInancial Services from 10/1989-9/2016. He is currently employed by Summit Brokerage Services and discloses a business affiliation with Kaup’s Financial Advisors, Inc. 

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments . In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. 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.

 VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage ServicesSee this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Scott V. Kaup or another broker who was employed by VSR Financial Services , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

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

David S. Silberg-Aegis Capital Broker-Discloses Customer Complaints-Port Washington, NY

April 2017-Port Washington, NY-Tampa, FL

The FINRA records of  David S. Silberg ,  a  broker with Aegis Capital Corp.   disclose a pending customer dispute, 2 prior final customer disputes 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 currently pending FINRA Case 16-01779 in Tampa, FL ,  a customer of Aegis Capital  seeks damages of $100,001 and alleges that from 2013-present unsuitable investments were made together with misrepresentations and omission of material facts concerning an investment in a corporate debt security.

In a prior matter , FINRA Case 9-6509, a customer of GunnAllen Financial, a prior employer, alleged damages of $375,000 for unsuitable investments and unauthorized trading. That case was settled for $50,000.

Silberg has been registered with Aegis Capital  since 2/2010 and discloses a business affiliation with ACC Agency .

In 11/2004 Silberg was discharged from Kirlin Securities for failing to inform his supervisor or the firm about an oral customer complaint.

In 2/1998 Silberg was discharged from NYLife Securities after he stopped payment on a check that he had remitted to NY Life Securities to reimburse it for expenses incurred in making a client whole.

If you have questions about an account  handled by David S. Silberg  , contact us to discuss 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

Walter J. Marino-Former Legend Equities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Event and Numerous Customer Disputes

April 2017-

The FINRA records of  Walter J. Marino ,  a  former Legend Equities stockbroker who is currently not registered disclose a pending regulatory matter, 3 pending customer disputes, 9 prior final customer disputes, and 3 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.

FINRA has filed a complaint against Marino alleging that he recommended unsuitable exchanges of variable annuities to two customers without having reasonable basis for recommending the transactions. Marino earned commissions of about $60,000 on the transactions. One of the customers suffered a surrender charge of over $82,000 by following the recommendation to exchange the annuity.

To evade supervisory scrutiny, Marino lied to his member firm about the source of the funds for the annuity, indicating the source to be a check rather than an exchange, according to FINRA. FINRA case 2015046537501

Marino discloses cash settlements in nine prior customer disputes, with settlement payments ranging as high as $225,000.

In one of the currently pending matters,  a customer of Legend Equities Corp alleges damages of $264,101 for misrepresentation and for charging excessive fees in the customer’s 403B account.

In October 2016 Marino was discharged from Lincoln Investment who alleged that Marino made an unsuitable recommendation to surrender an annuity without knowing the surrender fees that would be incurred.

In July 2015 Marino was discharged from Legend Equities who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “firm discovered what rep. presented as a non-replacement VA sale was in fact a replacement”.  

In August 2001 Marino voluntarily resigned from Brill Securities after a customer complained that he engaged in unauthorized trading and disregarded the customer’s investment objectives.

Walter J. Marino  was employed by Legend Equities from 7/2002-7/2015. He was with Lincoln Investment 10/2015-10/2016 and then with Benjamin Securities 11//2016-12/2016.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Walter J. Marino  , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

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

Marcos Yanez-Former LPL Financial Broker-Named in Customer Dispute Over Insurance and Loan-Dallas, TX

April 2017-Dallas, Texas

The FINRA records of  Marcos Yanez ,  a   former stockbroker with LPL Financial who is currently not registered with any brokerage firm disclose 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 currently pending FINRA case #17-0528 a customer of LPL Financial and Edward Jones alleges damages of $200,000 for misrepresentations in the sale of a variable life insurance policy. In Addition the customer alleges that Yanez convinced him to take out a margin loan in order to loan the money to Yanez.

Yanez was employed by LPL Finanical from 12/2011-3/2016. Prior to that he was with Edward Jones 7/2007-1/2012. Yanez discloses business relationships with STAIB Wealth Management and Silver Sail Wealth Advisors.

If you have questions about an account handled by Marcos Yanez, 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

Clyde D. Jones-Titan Securities Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes Over Viatical Settlements-Whitesboro, Texas

April 2017-Whitesboro, Texas

The FINRA records of  Clyde D. Jones ,  a   stockbroker who is currently registered with Titan Securities disclose 2 pending customer disputes, 2  prior final customer disputes involving viatical settlements 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 FINRA case #15-02868 a customer of Titan Securities alleged damages of $425,649 for an unsuitable recommendation to invest in a viatical settlement. That case was settled in 12/2016 for $100,000.

In FINRA case#15-2480 a customer of Titan Securities alleged damages of $133,680 for misrepresentation and unsuitability in connection with an investment in a viatical settlement. That case was settled in 8/2016 for $135,768.

Jones  discloses two currently pending customer disputes involving viatical settlements. One alleges damages of $100,001 and another alleging damages of $108,672.

Viatical Settlement

A viatical settlement is a contract whereby a person diagnosed with a terminal illness sells their life insurance policy for less than its face value in order to obtain a portion of the proceeds while still alive. The buyer (investor) obtains the full value of the policy upon the death of the insured.

Jones has been employed by Titan Securities since 9/2015. From 1/2013-11/2014 he was with EDI Financial. Prior to that he was with Titan Securities from 8/2008-12/2012. In 8/2008 he was discharged from Eagle One Investments for failing to notify compliance about a customer complaint. In 4/2000 he was permitted to resign from Invest Financial Corp. 

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Clyde D. Jones or if you have losses on an investment in Viatical Settlement  , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

Titan Securities is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has been a FINRA member since 2004. They have about 13 brokers located in 7 branch offices in:

  • Arlington, TX
  • Abilene, TX
  • Overland Park, KS
  • Dallas, TX
  • Rowlett, TX
  • Henrico, VA
  • Kingston, OK

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

Walter Parker-Titan Securities Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes Over UDF Investments-Rowlett, Texas

April 2017- Rowlett, Texas

The FINRA records of  Walter W. Parker ,  a  broker with  Titan Securities  disclose 2 pending customer disputes and 2 prior final 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 pending FINRA Case 16-2349 a customer of Titan Securities alleges that they were sold UDF (United Development Funding) which was unsuitable for the customer and he did not understand the risks and did not understand that UDF was illiquid. No amount of damages is stated in the claim.

In pending FINRA Case 15-2351 a customer of Titan Securities alleges damages of $211,975 related to an investment in a viatical settlement which the customer alleges is unsuitable and that it was misrepresented.

In a previous case, FINRA #16-1929, a customer of Titan Securities alleged damages of $50,000 related to an investment in UDF (United Development Funding) which the client states was unsuitable and that he did not comprehend the risks or the fact the investment was illiquid.  That case was recently settled for $16,500.

Walter Parker has been employed by Titan Securities since 8/2006. Parker discloses a business relationship with InsuranceMakesMe Sick.com and InvestingMakesMeSick.com in Rowlett, TX.

Titan Securities is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has been a FINRA member since 2004. They have about 13 brokers located in 7 branch offices in:

  • Arlington, TX
  • Abilene, TX
  • Overland Park, KS
  • Dallas, TX
  • Rowlett, TX
  • Henrico, VA
  • Kingston, OK

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Walter Parker , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

United Development Funding’s Office Raided by the FBI-for more information on recent problems for UDF, follow this link.

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

FRANKLIN REYNOLDS -FORMER G.A. REPPLE BROKER- DISCLOSES SETTLEMENT OF CUSTOMER DISPUTE – DAYTONA BEACH, FL

April 2017- Daytona Beach, FL

The FINRA records of  Franklin Reynolds, (CRD #1366983) a  stockbroker who is currently registered with The Strategic Financial Alliance disclose a customer dispute that was settled.

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 14-03417  a customer of G. A. Repple & Co. alleged damages of $172,343 for, unsuitability, failure to conduct due diligence and failure to supervise in connection with an investment in a real estate security.   That case was settled $85,000.

Reynolds has been employed by The Strategic Financial Alliance since 1/2015. Reynolds was employed by G.A. Repple  5/1996 – 12/2014.     

If you have questions about an account handled by Franklin Reynolds, 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