Category Archives: Outside Business Activities

RIcky R. Moore-Sagepoint Financial Broker-Discloses Regulatory Suspension/Fine-Angleton, TX

May 2017-Angleton, TX

The FINRA records of RIcky R. Moore,  a  stockbroker who is employed by  Sagepoint Financial  disclose a final regulatory event, 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 1/2017 FINRA suspended Moore for four months and fined him $37,131 to resolve allegations that he failed to disclose to his firm his outside business activities involving the facilitation of a church bond offering for a church. FINRA alleged that Moore made a false and misleading statement on his firm’s annual compliance questionnaire which asked if he had participated in raising capital.

In FINRA case 12-02353 a customer of Moore’s prior employer, LPL Financial was paid $60,000 to settle claims that they requested Moore place them in a conservative portfolio but he recommended a portfolio overly concentrated in variable annuities and REITs (real estate investment trusts).

Ricky Moore has been employed by Sagepoint Financial since 12/2013. His prior employers include Securities America, Commonwealth Financial Network and LPL Financial Corp. Moore discloses a business affiliation with Oak Financial Group in Angleton, TX.

In 9/2013, Moore was ‘permitted to resign’ from Commonwealth Financial Network who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “RR was the president of an outside business activity that subsequently engaged another broker-dealer to issue bonds on behalf of the entity, distributed a notice of the sale of bonds on behalf of the entity, and failed to provide prior written notice to or receive written approval from the firm, in violation of FINRA Rules 3270, and 2210..”

If you have questions about an account  handled by RIcky Moore , 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

Patrick D. Combs-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute and Suspension by FINRA-Southlake, TX

May 2017-Southlake, TX

The FINRA records of  Patrick D. Combs  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently suspended by FINRA and who was last registered with IMS Securities disclose a pending customer dispute, a final 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.

Combs discloses case 048-283087-16 pending in Tarrant County District Court alleging unspecified damages related to a 2012 non-broker affiliated investment.

IN 3/2017 Combs was suspended by FINRA for 7 months and fined $7,500 to resolve allegations that he participated in a private securities transaction without providing written notice to Morgan Stanley. The customer invested $500,000 in a promissory note in a privately held sports drink company. FINRA findings state that Combs submitted false answers concerning the private securities transaction in annual compliance questionnaires.

Combs  was employed by Morgan Stanley  from 6/2009-3/2016He was terminated by Morgan Stanley who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Allegations regarding employee’s conduct regarding the use of personal email to facilitate a private securities investment for a firm client.”

Combs was then employed briefly 3/2016-4/2016 by Houston-based IMS Securities.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Patrick D. Combs , 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Lloyd Dotson-Former Commonwealth Financial Network Broker-Sanctioned by Securities Regulator-New Canaan, CT

April 2017- New Canaan, CT

According to publicly available records Lloyd Dotson , (CRD# 2551716) ,  a  former stockbroker who was last employed by Commonwealth Financial Network discloses a prior regulator event, 2 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 April 2017 Lloyd Dotson was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA for failing to appear for on the record testimony in connection with an investigation into suspected outside business activities, private securities transactions and the overall circumstances surrounding his termination from Common Financial Network. 

Commonwealth discharged Dotson in June 2016 and made the following allegation on his FINRA public record: “RR was engaged in multiple Outside Business Activities where he used an alias to promote participation in multi-level marketing programs. RR failed to provide prior written notice to or receive written approval from the firm, in violation of FINRA rules 3270.”

Dotson discloses other business affiliations with:

  • HarvestWealth Partners
  • Six Figure MentorsLloyd Dotson.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Lloyd Dotson, 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

Matthew J. Westfall-Former Securities America Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Dispute

February 2017-Grand Isle, NE

According to publicly available records Matthew J. Westfall , (CRD# 1112977) ,  a   stockbroker who is not currently registered, discloses a pending customer dispute, a discharge from employment and a final regulatory matter.

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.

Westfall discloses that in March 2016, a customer of Securities America filed FINRA arbitration 16-0771 alleging damages of $336,813 for unsuitable recommendations, fraudulent misrepresentation and violations of federal and Nebraska securities laws in connection with an investment in real estate securities. That matter is currently pending.

Westfall discloses that in 12/2012 he was discharged from National Planning Corporation who alleged that he solicited an investment and accepted funds in connection with an investment that was not offered by the firm.

Westfall discloses that in January 2014, he was fined $25,000 and suspended for two years to resolve allegations that he solicited and accepted funds from firm customers to purchase Iraqi Dinar currency as an investment and other allegations.

Westfall’s prior employment includes Primex, National Planning Corporation, Securities America, Sunamerica Securities and VSR Financial Services. 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Matthew J. Westfall , 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

John R. Stevens-Former Wilbanks Securities Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes Alleging Damages in Excess of $2M

Grand Junction, CO

The FINRA records of John R. Stevens ,  a  stock broker who is currently not licensed and who was last employed by Wilbanks Securities  disclose   2 prior customer disputes, 3 pending customer disputes  and  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 pending FINRA arbitration #16-0395, a customer of Wilbanks Securities alleges damages of $300,000 and that Stevens misrepresented features of variable annuity and purportedly suffered damages as a result of Steven’s misrepresentations.

In pending FINRA arbitration #16-0226, a customer of Wilbanks Securities alleges damages of $600,000 and that Stevens misconstrued the rate of return of a variable annuity sold on or about September 2008 and as a result of Steven’s purported misinformation alleges damages.

In another pending dispute,  customers of Wilbanks Securities allege damages of $1,465,000 and that Stevens misrepresented an oil and gas limited partnership investment made by customers and guaranteed them against loss without the proper licensing to sell the program.

In April 2014, Stevens was discharged by Wilbanks Securities who made the following allegation: “Representative put individuals into a non-approved secured notes investment program without notice to or approval from the firm. Representative also used non-approved email platform for securities business, with which he guaranteed client against loss”.

Stevens discloses that in 7/2013 he was charged with felony money laundering and bank fraud in Federal Court in Grand Junction, CO. The charges were dismissed. Stevens makes the following statment on his FINRA record: “I was a victim of an email scam which claimed that I had won $6,000,000 from the United International Monetary Fund. After submitting my colorado drivers license to them, my identity was stolen and used to perpetuate a bank fraud scheme. As indicated above, all charges were dismissed with prejudice because it was found I did not engage in any criminal behavior.” 

Stevens was employed by  Wilbanks Securities from 1/2006-4/2014.

Aaron Wilbanks, President and CEO of Wilbanks Securities, Randy Wilbanks, its Vice President and Steven Sharpe, Chief Compliance Officer, disclose FINRA #14-0335 on their respective FINRA records, indicating that the subject oil and gas investment is Aztec Oil & Gas. See this for 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

Jamie D. Pope-Former Wilbanks Securities Broker-Discloses Permanent Bar from Industry & Discharge

August  2016-Winter Park, Florida

The FINRA records of Jamie D. Pope ,  a  stock broker who has been permanently barred from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public  discloses  a 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.

Pope was permanently barred from the industry by FINRA in 11/2014 to resolve allegations that he converted customer funds provided to him for the express purposes of investing in one of Pope’s outside business activities.

Pope was discharged by Wilbanks Securities in 11/2013 for failure to disclose the investment by a client in his outside insurance business and failure to disclose a private real estate transaction with the client.

 

Pope was employed by Wilbanks Securities from 1/2011-11/2013.    Prior to that he was employed by Allegiant Securities from 5/2009-12/2010.

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

GWN Securities Agrees to $20K Fine with Florida Securities Regulators

July 2016- Palm Beach Gardens, FL

The FINRA records of GWN Securities, Inc. ,  a  stock brokerage firm whose main office is located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL , disclose a recently finalized 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.

To resolve allegations by the the Florida Department of Financial Regulation (FOFR) that GWN Securities failed to detect outside business activities, published non approved advertising and failed to provide required documents in branch locations, GWN entered into stipulation and consent with FOFR and agreed to pay a fine of $20,000. .

GWN Securities was formed in 1999 and is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA and 51 U.S. States and Territories. World Investment Network owns more than 75% of GWN Securities according to recent regulatory filings.

Another brokerage firm Money Concepts Capital Corp. shares the same address at 11440 N. Jog Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL , with GWN Securities. Money Concepts Capital is also owned by World Investment Network. 

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