Category Archives: Unregistered Securities

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

Ernest Romer III-Former CoreCap Investments Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes/Industry Bar-Sterling Heights, MI

August 2017-Sterling Heights, MI

According to publicly available records Ernest Julius Romer III  (CRD#2311741) ,  a  former stockbroker who was most recently registered with Corecap Investments, Inc.  disclose 5 Regulatory Events, 8 Customer Disputes , 4 Terminations and outstanding judgment/liens.

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 of 2017, FINRA permanently barred Romer from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public. Romer discloses other regulatory sanctions alleging that he failed to disclose federal and state tax liens against him.

In a pending matter brought by Michigan regulators, it is alleged that Romer defrauded a customer by convincing several customers to liquidate securities and entrust Romer with the proceeds, which Romer then deposited in an account which he controlled for his own benefit.

In a matter currently pending in Michigan circuit court a customer of CoreCap Investments seeks damages of $110,000 and alleges that Romer solicited funds from them to invest in a firm owned by him , P&R Capital. The customer alleges that Romer converted the funds to his own use.

In FINRA case 17-01082, a customer of CoreCap Investments seeks damages of $50,000 and alleges that Romer solicited them to invest in “CoreCap Solutions” but converted the money to his own use.

In January 2017, Romer was discharged by CoreCap Investments who made the following allegation on Romer’s FINRA record: “Romer obtained loans from three clients for the stated purpose of starting a business: he was instructed to return the funds and not to engage in the business. To the firm’s knowledge, no funds have been returned as of the date of this filing”.

Romer discloses two tax liens to the State of Michigan and one to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $160,634.

ROmer’s prior employment includes L.M. Kohn & Co. and Leonard and Company.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Ernest Romer, III, contact us 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

SEC Files Action Over Verto Notes-Dallas & Plano, Texas

July 2017-Dallas and Plano, Texas

Two Texas firms and three individuals employed by the firms were named in an enforcement proceeding filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over the sale of 7% promissory notes issued by Verto Capital Management LLC.

Named as respondents in the Order Instituting the proceedings, are:

  • Retirement Surety LLC-a Plano-based company, which according to its website is a ‘practicing Christian organization” who provide investment advice for retirement planning. This company has never been registered as a broker dealer.
  • Crescendo Financial LLC-a Plano-based company that brokered the sale of the Verto Notes that also touts itself as being a “practicing Christian organization”.
  • Thomas Rose-a 61 year old resident of Plano, TX, who was a partner of Retirement Surety and Crescendo Financial. Rose does not hold any securities licenses and has never been registered as or associated with a registered securities dealer.
  • David Leeman-a 67 year old resident of Dallas, TX, who is also a partner of Retirement Surety and Crescendo Financial. He purports to be a licensed insurance agent in TX, but has never been registered as or associated with a registered securities dealer.
  • David Featherstone-a 70 year old resident of Dallas, TX. He also purports to be a licensed insurance agent in TX, but has never been registered as or associated with a registered securities dealer.

Other relevant individuals in the order are:

  • WIlliam Schantz III, 62 of Moorestown, New Jersey.
  • Randal Wallis, 63 of Pottsboro, TX.
  • Ronald Howard Wills, 71, of McKinney, TX.

According to the SEC the respondents sold $12.5 million of the Verto Notes  to 82 individual investors and collected commissions of over $650,000 on the sales notwithstanding the fact that none of the respondents was registered as a securities broker. Respondents solicited sales on radio shows broadcast on two Christian networks and by use of the Retirement Surety website where the Verto Notes were touted as being a “Short Term Investment with Superior Returns and Minimal Risk”.

Investors who were referred to respondents by a registered stockbroker may be able to recover damages from the brokerage firm employing that broker. Call 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

Brian K. Hardwick-Former Red River Securities Broker-Discloses Sanctions Over Oil & Gas Deals

May 2017 – Carrollton, TX

According to publicly available records Brian K. Hardwick  (CRD#4522460) ,  a  former stockbroker who was barred by FINRA from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public discloses 2 final regulatory events and two pending 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 February 2017 Hardwick was fined $16,214, ordered to pay restitution of over $24 million and barred from the securities industry.  A FINRA hearing panel found that Hardwick violated securities laws by making material misrepresentations and omissions related to joint venture offerings that were set up as general partnerships for the purpose of engaging in oil and gas drilling. The findings stated that Hardwick did not provide authorizations for expenditures (AFEs) to investors and wildly inflated income distributions on prior wells and failed to disclose conflicts of interest.

A petition pending in Nueces County, Texas, seeks damages of $5.8 million and alleges misrepresentations in connection with an oil and gas investment. 2011-PR-00490-4

Hardwick’s registration history includes:

  • Red River Securities of Plano, TX                12/2009-2/2014
  • Sethi Financial Investments, Plano, TX    2/2009-3/2009
  • Texas Securities Inc, Carrollton, TX            11/2002-3/2007

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

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