Category Archives: Unregistered Securities

Dallas Oil & Gas Promoters-SourceRock Companies-Subject of TX State Securities Board Order

February 2018-Dallas, Texas

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) entered an Emergency Cease and Desist Order against Jason A. Gilbert and Parker R. Hallam who are doing business through SourceRock Energy Phoenix Prospect LP, SourceRock Energy GP and SourceRock Energy Partners. 

According to the TSSB order Gilbert and Hallam are soliciting $4.4 million for an oil and gas project (Phoenix Prospect)  without disclosing their history of unpaid tax liens and allegations of fraud, are doing business from 2711 North Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX, and through a website WWW.SourceRockOil.com.

The TSSB order also makes the following findings:

  • In June 2016 Hallam was named as a defendant in SEC v Christopher A. Faulkner, et al, Case No: 3:16-cv-1735-D , Northern District of Texas alleging that Hallam violated the Securities Exchange Acts of 1933 and 1934.
  • Hallam is intentionally failing to disclose one or more material facts including other securities related litigation detailed in the order.
  • gilbert failed to disclose numerous IRS tax liens filed against him in Miami-Dade County, FL, Manhattan Borough, NY, and Dallas, TX.

The TSSB orders defendants to cease and desist from engaging in fraud and offering securities in Texas through an offer containing a statement that is materially misleading or otherwise likely to deceive the public.

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

Erryn Barkett-Former LPL Financial Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Suits-The Woodlands, TX/Fincastle, VA

February 2018-The Woodlands, TX -Fincastle, VA

According to publicly available records Erryn Michael Barkett , (CRD# 4102279) ,  a  currently unregistered stockbroker who was last employed by LPL Financial, disclose a recent regulatory sanction, 2 pending customer disputes, 3 prior customer disputes and 6 financial disclosures.

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 2/2016, Barkett was sanctioned by the Virginia State Corporation Commission who alleged the sale of  unsuitable and unregistered securities and the omission of  material information in the sale of those securities causing investors to lose $330,000. Barkett was ordered to pay restitution of $15,000 by the Virginia regulators.

Public records disclose that  Barkett’s prior employer  NEXT Financial Group paid over $310,000 to settle the claims of four customers who alleged that Barkett sold them fraudulent unregistered products involving structured military pension investments in Voyager Financial Group.

In pending FINRA Case 17-0132  customers of NEXT Financial Group are seeking damages of $310,000 and allege that between 2009 and 2013 Barkett recommended that they invest in various fraudulent companies and recommended nearly $650,000 in illiquid and poor performing alternative investments, REITs and annuities.

In a case pending in Botetourt County Circuit Court in Fincastle, VA, a customer of NEXT Financial Group has filed an action seeking damages of $78,000 alleging that Barkett sold unregistered securities in a military pension product that were not suitable.

Barkett was employed by NEXT Financial Group 3/2008-1/2013 and with LPL Financial 1/2013-8/2017.

If you have questions about an account handled by Erryn Michael Barkett, contact us to learn how damages may be recoverable 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Investigation-William A. Hightower-Former UBS/Legacy Asset Broker-Houston, TX

OCTOBER 2017- Houston, TX

We are currently investigating former stockbroker William A. Hightower of Houston, TX, on behalf of a former UBS Financial Services client who alleges Hightower recommended that she invest in an unsuitable and illiquid investment, Reproductive Research Technologies.

Hightower was employed by UBS Financial Services from 2007-2013 and then by Legacy Asset Securities from 2013-2015.

In October 2015 Hightower was permanently barred from the securities industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Without admitting or denying the findings, Hightower agreed to the bar and to entry of findings that while employed by UBS Financial he failed to respond to requests for information  in connection with a FINRA investigation that he improperly referred customers to an unapproved private securities transaction. Specifically, Hightower failed to provide a list of any customers he referred to the private securities transaction.

FINRA records report that former UBS Financial Services stockbroker William A. Hightower is named in  currently pending FINRA arbitration case #15-03387 by a former customer who is seeking damages of $150,000 from UBS Financial Services.

The former UBS Financial Services customer alleges that in 2012 Hightower recommended the purchase of a high risk, illiquid and unsuitable private placement. Claimant further alleges omissions and misrepresentations regarding the recommended investment.

 

If you have losses in an account handled by William Hightower, call to learn how you may be able to recover damages from his former 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

Losses on Tiburon Saltwater Reclamation Fund Private Placement ?

October 2017-Austin, Texas / Greenville, South Carolina

If you lost money on the Tiburon Saltwater Reclamation Fund, we may be able to help you recover damages.

FINRA (The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) recently filed a fraud complaint alleging that Sandlapper Securities created and sold private placements in saltwater disposal wells in Texas while charging huge markups (as much as 270%), totalling over $8 million in undisclosed markups.

Sandlapper CEO Trevor Gordon and another Sandlapper executive Jack Bixler are also named in the complaint which alleges that investors were defrauded when undisclosed markups were channeled to Sandlapper through a middleman development company owned by the defendants. FINRA Complaint No. 2014041860801. 

According to the FINRA complaint, investors in Tiburon Saltwater Reclamation Fund were led to believe that not only was their capital protected but they could also anticipate a long term return of 15%.

Private placements are non public offerings that are only sold to accredited investors.

If you purchased  the Tiburon Saltwater Reclamation Fund, call to learn about your options for recovery.

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

William W. Marshall-Ameriprise Broker-Discloses 4 Pending Customer Arbitrations-Plano, TX

October 2017-Plano, TX

The FINRA records of  William W. Marshall ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Ameriprise Financial Services disclose a prior regulatory event, 4 pending customer disputes including at least one claim that alleges a fraudulent investment.

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 2016 Marshall was sanctioned by FINRA who found that he participated in the sale of $1.72 million of privately issued preferred stock without approval of his employing firm and that he received common stock purchase warrants as compensation for serving as a member of the advisory board of the issuer. FINRA found that the offering materials, including sales literature, contained misleading, exaggerated and/or unwarranted statements and inadequate risk disclosures. Marshall was fined $10,000 by FINRA and was suspended from 3/2016-6/2017. FINRA Case 2012033291204.

The pending customer disputes include:

  • A customer of Ameriprise Financial alleges that they were sold two fraudulent investments: $100,000 in Colorado Rare Earths and $100,000 in WestMountain Index Advisors now known as WestMountain Gold. FINRA Case 17-2240
  • A customer of Ameriprise Financial alleges that Marshall recommended they invest $150,000 in an outside investment, BioChemics, without disclosing material information and his relationship to it. FINRA Case 17-1801.
  • A customer of Ameriprise Financial alleges that there was a failure to conduct reasonable due diligence in connection with the sale of Colorado Rare Earths which was represented as a conservative, low risk investment. Damages of $100,000 are sought. FINRA Case 17-1575
  • A customer of Hilltop Securities alleges selling away, misrepresentation and unsuitable recommendations of unregistered securities and seek $350,000. FINRA Case 17-1564.

William Marshall’s employment history includes:

  • Ameriprise Financial Services                     12/2010-present
  • Southwest Securities (now Hilltop)            10/19999-12/2001

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by William W. Marshall , 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.

Nationwide Representation

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

January 2018 – Beaumont, Texas

TEXAS STATE SECURITIES BOARD SUSPENSION-On January 30, 2018 Texas Securities State Securities Board (TSSB) Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered a Disciplinary Order  suspending Jason N. Anderson, a former LPL FInancial stockbroker, for charging  unreasonable fees to clients.

The order suspended Anderson for 90 days.

According to the Texas order, Anderson, while employed by LPL Financial LLC, recommended an active-trading strategy based on an analysis of a stock’s current price compared with its historical prices. He recommended the active-trading program to clients who had stated their preference for growth with a moderate amount of risk.

The TSSB order alleged that the active-trading program recommended by Anderson would have had to generate extraordinary returns just to offset the trading costs and commissions paid to Anderson. In one example, a client’s costs were nearly 30% of the equities held in the account.

FINRA SUSPENSION– In October 2017 Jason N. Anderson was suspended indefinitely by FINRA who noted on his official record: “Respondent Anderson failed to comply with an arbitration award or settlement agreement or to satisfactorily respond to a FINRA request to provide information concerning the status of compliance.”

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 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