Category Archives: Stockbroker Discharged

Andrew “Todd” Yocum Investigation Continues-The VIllages, FL

The Villages Florida

UPDATE OCTOBER 2017FINRA records disclose that Andrew “Todd” Yocum has two prior final regulatory matters resulting in his bar from the industry. There are 10 currently pending customer disputes and 23 prior customer disputes that are final.

In the bulk of the customer disputes, the customers allege an overconcentration of oil and gas related securities.

Here is a sampling of some of the 23 prior cases that have been settled:

  • In 2/2017 a customer of Morgan Stanley was paid $67,500 to resolve allegations that Yocum made unsuitable recommendations in the energy sector 2014-1015.
  • In 8/2017 a Morgan Stanley customer was paid $75,000 to resolve allegations that Yocum over-concentrated their portfolio with unsuitable investments. FINRA Case 17-0049.
  • IN 8/2016 a customer of Morgan Stanley was paid $35,975 to resolve allegations that from March 2012-September 2015 Yocum made unsuitable recommendations.

FINRA Alleges Yocum Recommended Unsuitable Energy Investments to Seniors

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. Customers of broker dealers who have a dispute, such as a claim for account losses , are entitled to file an arbitration proceeding against the firm and/or the broker to recover damages. FINRA entered a permanent bar against Yocum in May 2016 after he refused to appear for FINRA on-the-record testimony in connection with an investigation into whether he effected unauthorized transactions, exercised discretion without written authorization, and recommended unsuitable concentrated purchases of energy sector securities to senior investors.

Florida Securities Regulators Find That Yocum Executed Unauthorized Trades

In 3/2017 the Florida Office of Financial Regulation filed an Administrative Complaint alleging violations of standards of commercial honor and principles of trade; suitability; and placing trades in client accounts without authorization. Yocum was barred from the securities industry by FINRA in May 2017.

The Florida regulators found that Yocum executed trades that were not authorized, made trade recommendations that were not suitable, and failed to execute trades by the end of the day on the date the client requested. Yocum was ordered to cease and desist and be permanently barred from submitting an application for license or registration under Florida Chapter 517.

 

Andrew Yocum was employed by Morgan Stanley and worked in their office located at 832 Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, Florida, until he was discharged in October 2015 for “Allegations concerning acting on verbal discretion” according to FINRA records.

We continue to evaluate potential cases for former clients of Todd Yocum. Call to discuss your options for recovery. Cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

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.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

George M. Warner-Former IFS Securities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Suspension-Rockwall, TX

October 2017-Rockwall, TX

The FINRA records of  George M. Warner ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Chelsea Financial Services disclose a prior regulatory event, a prior customer dispute 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 4/2017 Warner was fined $5,000 and suspended for 30 days by FINRA to resolve allegations that while employed by Kestra Financial Services, he altered various customer documents on at least five occasions after the documents had already been signed by the customers. The regulatory findings state that Warner corrected or included the customer’s anticipated liquidity needs, net worth, liquid net worth, and or annual income on new account forms, alternative investment forms, and an IRA application. The findings state that by changing new account documentation of the customer’s, Warner caused his member firm to preserve and maintain altered books and records. FINRA Case 2014043727001. 

In 2/2010 , while employed by LPL Financial , a customer alleged that Warner made an error in connection with the purchase of Citi Corp bonds causing losses of $329,426. That matter was settled for $225,000.

In 11/2014 Warner was ‘permitted to resign’ from NFP Advisor Services who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Rep corrected client documents after client signature. “

In 6/2013 Warner was discharged from LPL Financial,  who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Employment terminated by related bank program for obtaining client signatures on blank account transfer forms. “

George Warner’s employment history includes:

  • Dominion Investor Ser.-Rockwall, TX                       6/2017-7/2017
  • Dominion Investor Ser.-Horseshoe Bay, TX          3/2017-4/2017
  • IFS Securities-Rockwall, TX                                        12/2014-3/2017
  • NFP Advisor Services-Rockwall, TX                     7/2013-12/2014                    LPL Financial-Rockwall, TX                          4/2003-6/2013

Warner discloses a business affiliation with Summit Rockwall Wealth Managers LLC, in Rockwall, Texas.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by George M. Warner , you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

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

Jason Anderson, Former LPL Financial Broker, Named in Unauthorized Trading/Churning Suit-Beaumont, TX

October  2017 – Beaumont, Texas

In May 2017, two elderly former customers of LPL Financial filed a class action lawsuit against LPL Financial and their former broker Jason N. Anderson seeking damages on behalf of  current and former clients of Anderson. The suit alleges unauthorized trading, churning and mismanagement of customer accounts from 4/2007-1/2016.

LPL Financial challenged the suit that was filed in Jefferson County, TX, and  the case was removed to federal court for the Eastern District of Texas. In August 2017, the case was  remanded back to the 58th Judicial District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.

According to his FINRA  record, Anderson worked for LPL Financial from 2007 until January 2016 when he was fired for for conducting discretionary trading in customer accounts, in violation of firm policy.

Following his discharge from  LPL Financial, Anderson was employed by Kovack Securities for a few months,  1/2016-5/2016. Kovack Securities discharged Anderson because they found incomplete signed documents during a firm audit.

Anderson then joined IFS Securities from 5/2016-4/2017. He is not currently registered with any firm.

A discretionary account is one that allows a broker to buy and sell securities without  first obtaining the client’s consent. Discretionary trading generally requires that permission be granted by the client in writing.  Most accounts are non discretionary, meaning the broker is required to consult with the customer and obtain permission before executing trades. Trades made in non discretionary accounts without consulting with the customer are unauthorized trades.

Investor suits for damages are generally required to be pursued in arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in accordance with the new account agreement customers sign when opening an account. FINRA arbitration is a method of dispute resolution that is generally much more expedient and less costly than court litigation.

If you had an account with Jason Anderson and suffered losses due to unauthorized trading, churning, mismanagement or other reasons, contact us to learn how you may be able to recover damages from his prior employer.

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

Jason H. LeBlanc-Former Girard Securities Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-Fulshear, TX

September 2017 -Fulshear, Texas

According to publicly available records Jason H. LeBlanc (CRD#2483182) , a  former stockbroker who was last employed by Girard Securities , disclose  a prior regulatory event,  3 prior customer disputes 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.

In June 2017 LeBlanc was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that he failed to disclose several outside business activities and provided inaccurate information about an outside business activity to Girard Securities.

The FINRA findings, which LeBlanc consented to without admitting or denying state:

  • LeBlanc misused customer funds by applying a customer’s money to an an investment other that the one he represented to her
  • LeBlanc sold a promissory note from one customer to another for $23,000
  • The second customer was led to believe she was investing in a coffee shop, instead LeBlanc returned $3,000 to the customer and invested the remaining $20,000 in a real estate investment company, without informing the customer
  • LeBlanc misused customer funds by commingling personal and customer funds

LeBlanc was employed by Girard Securities 4/2009-9/2015. He was discharged by Girard in 9/2015 when they learned of his outside business activities.

If you have questions about an account handled by Jason H. LeBlanc,  contact us to discuss your options.

Girard Securities is a part of the Cetera Financial Group. Girard has been a FINRA member since 1988 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA. The company has about 478 registered persons in 139 branch offices nationwide.

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.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Jason H. LeBlanc-Former Girard Securities Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-Fulshear, TX

September 2017 -Fulshear, Texas

According to publicly available records Jason H. LeBlanc (CRD#2483182) , a  former stockbroker who was last employed by Girard Securities , disclose  a prior regulatory event,  3 prior customer disputes 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.

In June 2017 LeBlanc was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that he failed to disclose several outside business activities and provided inaccurate information about an outside business activity to Girard Securities.

The FINRA findings, which LeBlanc consented to without admitting or denying state:

  • LeBlanc misused customer funds by applying a customer’s money to an an investment other that the one he represented to her
  • LeBlanc sold a promissory note from one customer to another for $23,000
  • The second customer was led to believe she was investing in a coffee shop, instead LeBlanc returned $3,000 to the customer and invested the remaining $20,000 in a real estate investment company, without informing the customer
  • LeBlanc misused customer funds by commingling personal and customer funds

LeBlanc was employed by Girard Securities 4/2009-9/2015. He was discharged by Girard in 9/2015 when they learned of his outside business activities.

If you have questions about an account handled by Jason H. LeBlanc,  contact us to discuss your options.

Girard Securities is a part of the Cetera Financial Group. Girard has been a FINRA member since 1988 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA. The company has about 478 registered persons in 139 branch offices nationwide.

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.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Paul W. Smith-Former Bolton Global Capital Broker Investigated Over Haverford Investment-Wayne, PA

September 2017 -Wayne, PA

According to publicly available records Paul W. Smith (CRD#1070735) , a  former stockbroker who was last registered with Bolton Global Capital , disclose  a final regulatory event , 7 pending customer disputes, 4 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 June 2017 FINRA permanently barred Paul W. Smith from the securities industry for failing to provided documents and information requested by FINRA related to the sale of private securities. Smith consented to the sanction without admitting or denying the FINRA findings.

The pending customer disputes and arbitrations relate to investments in the Haverford Group and an Investment Club. Damages sought in the pending cases exceed $500,000.

Smith was employed by Bolton Global Capital 5/2007-2/2017. He was discharged by Bolton Global Capital 2/2017 who made the followng allegation on his official FINRA record: “SEC notified Bolton Global Capital that Mr. Smith had engaged in a private securities transaction without first notifying the firm.”

If you have questions about an investment you made with Paul W. Smith,  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.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Michael O’Connor-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Agrees to Bar from Securities Industry-Pepper Pike, OH

September 2017 – Pepper Pike, OH

According to publicly available records  Michael J. O’Connor (CRD#5791343) , a former stockbroker  who was most recently employed by Morgan Stanley , disclose a termination from employment and a regulatory event that resulted in his bar from the securities industry.

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.

O’Connor was employed by Morgan Stanley from 7/2010-2/2017. He was discharged in 1/2017 by Morgan Stanley who made the following allegation on O’Connor’s FINRA record: “Concerns related to timing of registered representative’s disclosure of his status of power of attorney and financial arrangement with client, who ultimately became his wife.”

Following his discharge from Morgan Stanley FINRA staff sent a request to O’Connor for on the record testimony pursuant to FINRA rule 8210. Through his counsel O’Connor acknowledged that he received the request and he would not appear for on the record testimony at any time. O’Connor agreed to a permanent bar from associating with any FINRA member in any capacity.

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.

International Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870