Category Archives: Unregistered Securities

David A. Cusano-Former Sandlapper Securities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Matter and Customer Disputes-Sarasota, FL

February 2017-Sarasota, Florida

According to publicly available records David A. Cusano , (CRD# 1805308) ,  a   stockbroker who is not currently registered and who was last employed by Sandlapper Securities, discloses a pending regulatory matter, 3 prior customer disputes that have been settled  and two separations from employment after allegations.

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.

Cusano discloses the following FINRA arbitrations that have been settled:

  • 12-0594-a customer of his prior employer NEXT Financial Group alleged damages of $100,000 for unsuitable investments. That case was settled for $50,000
  • 12-2302-a customer of his prior employers NEXT Financial Group, High Mark Securities and SII Investments  alleged damages of $1,593,168 for losses on annuities. That case was settled for $95,000.
  • 11-3339-a customer of his prior employer NEXT Financial Group alleged damages of $945,030 for excessive trading in unsuitable products, misrepresenting fees and commissions that would be charged, failure to disclose material information and breach of fiduciary duty. That case was settled for $330,000.

According to his disclosures, in November 2016 the Florida Office of Financial Regulation filed a cease and desist action seeking sanctions, including a permanent bar from the industry for borrowing from customers, engaging in prohibited business practices and failing to observe high standards of commercial honor. FL Docket Case 58302-S. 

In 2002, Cusano voluntarily resigned from Walnut Street Securities on allegations that he  participated in selling an unregistered security away from the firm. In 2010 Cusano was permitted to resign from NEXT Financial for submitting variable annuity forms that contained inaccurate information.  

Cusano’s registrations include:

  • Sandlapper Securities– 6/2014-1/2015
  • Invest Financial Corp.-7/2011-6/2014
  • Sterling Enterprises– 1/2011-7/2011
  • J.P. Turner & Co.-7/2010-10/2010
  • NEXT Financial Group– 8/2007-6/2010

If you have losses  in an account handled by David A Cusano, 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.

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Florida-561 391 1900 

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Neal & Natalie Moon-Former Waddell & Reed Brokers-Named in Regulatory Complaint-Dallas, TX

July 2016- Dallas, TX

FINRA Department of Enforcement filed Disciplinary Proceeding 2015046926801 against Neal Charles Moon (CRD 3271716) and his wife Natalie E. Fogiel Moon (CRD 5010360) alleging that from 2/2012-8/2015 they participated in nine private securities transactions that raised $2.64 million without providing their employer Waddell & Reed with written notice as required by NASD and FINRA rules.

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.

The complaint also alleges that Neal Moon lied to an investigator from Waddell & Reed about his participation in the private securities transactions in violation of FINRA Rule 2010.

The securities set forth in the FINRA complaint are:

  • Boxx Technologies
  • NMN Boxx
  • Total Operating LLC
  • Hoffbrau Steaks
  • CCBRAU Ltd.

Neal Moon was registered with Waddell & Reed from 10/2009-10/2015 when he was permitted to resign following his admission that he participated in private securities transactions.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Neal Charles Moon, 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Erryn Michael Barkett-Former NEXT FInancial Broker-Discloses Sanctions and Customer Disputes Over Unregistered Securities-The Woodlands, TX

February 2017-The Woodlands, TX and Fincastle, VA

According to publicly available records Erryn Michael Barkett , (CRD# 4102279) ,  a  stockbroker who is employed by LPL Financial, disclose that he was sanctioned by the Virginia State Corporation Commission who alleged that he sold unsuitable and unregistered securities and omitted material information in the sale of those securities causing investors to lose $330,000.

Barkett was ordered to pay restitution of $15,000.

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.

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 structure military pension investments.

In pending FINRA Case 17-0132 a customer of NEXT Financial Group is seeking damages of $310,000 and alleges 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.

 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Erryn Michael Barkett, 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Stuart G. Dickinson-Former WFG Investments Broker-Barred by Securities Regulagtor-Highland Park, TX

November 2016-Highland Park, Texas

According to publicly available records Stuart G. Dickinson, (CRD# 1047824) ,  a  former stockbroker who is was last employed in the securities industry by WFG Investments disclose that FINRA has permanently barred him from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public. FINRA alleged that Dickinson failed to conduct reasonable due diligence on private placement investments involving automated teller machines ( ATM Alliance, LP ) which were fraudulent.

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.

Dickinson  was employed by WFG Investments from 10/2005-9/2013, when he was discharged by WFG Investments.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Stuart Graham Dickinson , 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Lizabeth Gotuaco Ty-Former Park Avenue Securities Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes Over Unregistered Promissory Notes

UPDATE February 2017Lizabeth Beth Ty, also known as Lizabeth Gotuaco Ty discloses that another customer of Park Avenue Securities has filed a FINRA arbitration (case #17-429) alleging damages of $1.9 million related to the sale of unregistered promissory notes.

Original Post–November 2016-Houston, Texas

The FINRA records of  Lizabeth “Beth” G. Ty,  a  former stockbroker with Park Avenue Securities disclose three pending customer disputes and a prior regulatory matter that is final.

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.

The pending customer disputes against Beth Ty are:

  • FINRA Case 16-0871-in which a customer of Park Avenue Securities alleges damages of $250,000 related to the purchase of an unregistered promissory note.
  • FInra Case 16/0481 in which a customer of Park Avenue Securities alleges damages of $500,000 in connection with the purchase of unregistered promissory note investments.
  • FINRA Case 16-0424 in which a customer of Park Avenue Securities alleges damages of $400,000 in connection with investments in unregistered promissory notes.

On April 16, 2016, during the course of an investigation into allegations that Beth Ty sold unregistered securities, FINRA requested that Ty provide documents and information pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210. Through her attorney, Ty indicated that she would not produce the information or documents at any time. In May 2016, FINRA permanently barred Beth Ty from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public. FINRA Disciplinary Action 2016049315001.  

Ty was registered with Park Avenue Securities from 1/2006-7/2015.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Lizabeth “Beth” Gotuaco Ty , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses 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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Ian C. Kass-Former WIlson-Davis Stockbroker- Charged with Securities Fraud

October 2016-Ft. Lauderdale, Florida/ Salt Lake City, UT

The FINRA records of  Ian C. Kass,  a  former stockbroker who  was last employed by  Wilson-Davis & Co.   disclose a pending regulatory event, a pending investigation and a recent employment separation after allegations. In September 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida reported that Kass, 45, of Ft. Lauderdale had been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud in connection with a scheme to fraudulently register shell companies with the SEC, issue shares in the companies with were secretly owned by the other conspirators and sell the shares to the public at a profit.

Sheldon R. Rose, 77, of Sarasota was also charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud. The other co-conpirators who previously pled guilty for their role in the fraud are:

  • Daniel McKelvey, 49, Foster City, CA
  • Jeffrey L. Lamson, 51, El Dorado Hills, CA
  • Steven Sanders, 73, Lake Worth, FL
  • Alvin S. Mirman, 78, Sarasota, FL

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 July 2016, Kass was discharged by Wilson-Davis & Co. who made the following allegations on Kass’s FINRA record in connection with the discharge:” With the assistance of outside counsel, reviewed documents, public filings, representative’s performance and compliance history, interviewed representative and concluded to terminate representative based on the pending government investigations.”

Kass was employed by Wilson-Davis & Co. from 7/2012-7/2016. Prior to that he was employed by Delaney Equity Group 7/2011-7/2011 and before that Gordon & Co. 6/2011-6/2011.

 

If you have losses in an account handled by Ian C. Kass , 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

Old Security Financial Group of Spring, Texas, Fined $100,000 by Securities Regulators

October 2016- Spring, Texas

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) sanctioned  Old Security Financial Group, Inc. of Spring, Texas,  fining the company $100,000 for selling unregistered investments in a mortgage note program that was supposedly backed by commercial real estate. The subject investments were First Position Commercial Note Program issued by the Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund 3 LLC, which lists offices in California and Florida.

 

The fine was also assessed against owner and president Donald A. MacKenzie and vice president Robert S. Davis, Jr. , both of Pflugerville, Texas. The TSSB ordered that they cease selling interests in the note program until it is properly registered in Texas or sold from an exemption from registration.

According to the TSSB order, neither MacKenzie, Davis, nor Old Security Financial Group was registered to sell securities in Texas.

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