Category Archives: Unsuitable Investments

Losses on Cole Capital REITs ?

Brokerage firms nationwide sold a number real estate investment trusts (REITs) sponsored by Cole Capital, including:

  • Cole Office and Industrial
  • Cole Advisor Corporate Income
  • Cole Advisor Retail Income REIT
  • Cole Credit Property Trust
  • Cole Corporate Income Trust
  • Cole Real Estate Income Strategy

If you have suffered losses on an investment in a Cole Capital REIT that was recommended to you by your financial advisor, contact us to learn how you may be able to recover damages from the brokerage firm that sold you the investment.

Brokers often fail to disclose the risks associated with purchasing complex and inherently risky non-traded REIT investments.

Call for a no obligation consultation to learn about your option 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

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Investigation of Capital Financial Services Brokers-Mark & Herminia Sitter-The Woodlands, TX

August 2017- The Woodlands, Texas

We are investigating  Capital Financial Services stockbroker Mark Raymond Sitter of the Woodlands, TXand  his wife Herminia C. Sitter, who until June 2017, was also a  broker with Capital Financial Services TX.

Our investigation is on behalf of an elderly Texas retiree who alleges that they recommended she invest most of her retirement funds into unsuitable real estate investments, including American Realty Hospitality Trust and Cole Office and Industrial REIT.

The FINRA records of Mark Sitter disclose an outstanding lien to the Internal Revenue Service of $83,527. Mark Sitter has been registered with Capital Financial Services since 1/2006. Mark Sitter discloses a business affiliation with Chasewood Wealth Management of the Woodlands, TX.

The FINRA records of Herminia Sitter disclose an outstanding lien to the Internal Revenue Service of $83,527. Herminia Sitter was registered with Capital Financial Services from 9/2005-6/2017.

Capital Financial Services has been a FINRA member since 1981 and is headquartered in Minot, North Dakota.

If you have information you believe may be helpful to this investigation please contact our office.

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

Wedbush Securities Ordered to Pay Customer $1.8M For Elder Abuse-Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA-July 2017

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel comprised of three public arbitrators ordered Wedbush Securities to pay two former customers (husband and wife) compensatory damages of $250,000. In addition the arbitration panel, who found that Wedbush subjected the couple to elder abuse,  awarded punitive damages of over $1 million and attorney fees of $277,000 pursuant to the California Elder Abuse and Adult Civil Protective Act, interest and costs.

The former customers alleged a number of causes of action, including unsuitable recommendations, failure to supervise the broker, misrepresentation and elder abuse in connection with investments in long term municipal bonds and structured certificates of deposit. Dancy, et al vs. Wedbush Securities, FINRA Case #16-0847.

FINRA ARBITRATION

Arbitration is similar to going to court, however it is generally less costly and a shorter process than court litigation. Most cases are resolved in about 12-14 months. If you have losses in your brokerage account which you believe are the result of negligent or fraudulent advice given to you by the broker, or if you believe your broker has made trades in your account without your permission (unauthorized trading) call to learn how 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

Northeast Securities Ordered to Pay Former Customer $1.8 Million-Mitchelfield, NY

July 2017-New York

An arbitration panel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) ordered Northeast Securities, Inc. a broker dealer headquartered in  Mitchelfield , NY, and three of their brokers to pay a former customer nearly $1.8 million dollars in a case involving investments in corporate bonds. The customer alleged common law fraud, churning, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation, failure to supervise, improper use of margin borrowing and other claims.

The all public FINRA arbitration panel assessed the award jointly and severally against Northeast Securities and brokers Stephen J. Perrone, Diane Hawkins and Jonathan M. Zucker. In addition the panel awarded interest of 9% on the award from March 2012 until the award is paid and expert witness fees of nearly $34,000. McLaughlin v Northeast Securities, et al, FINRA Case 16-1806.

If you have suffered losses in your brokerage account due to the fraud or negligence of your stockbroker, we may be able to help you recover damages through FINRA arbitration, a process that is generally much quicker and less costly than court litigation.

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

Cathy And Tim Couch-Husband and Wife Brokers With WFG-Disclose Customer Dispute-Dawsonville, GA

June 2017- Dawsonville, GA

According to publicly available records Cathy Hall Couch  (CRD#5276791) , a  stockbroker who currently is employed by WFG Investments, Inc.  disclose a pending customer dispute.

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 FINRA case #17-00986, a  WFG Investments, Inc.  customer alleges unsuitable recommendations, material misrepresentations, high frequency trading and undue securities concentration or the period 2009-2016 and seeks damages of $1,500,000.

Cathy Couch has been with  WFG Investments since August of 2000.  Her other business activities include working with her husband,  Tim Couch, PC, CPA as an accountant.

According to publicly available records , her husband Harry Tim Couch (CRD#4073942), a stockbroker who is also employed by WFG Investments, Inc.  disclose a regulatory event, a pending customer dispute and a termination.

In a final regulatory action initiated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in 2007, Tim Couch was sanctioned against practice before the SEC as an accountant for a period of four years after allegations that Couch “issued unqualified audit opinion letters for financial statements that were materially misstated.” 

Tim Couch is also named  in FINRA case #17-00986, as described above, with alleged damages of $1,500,000.

In 2008 TIm Couch was discharged from Triad Advisors, Inc.  who made the following allegation on his FINRA record:  “The Triad Compliance Department has concluded its review of the facts and circumstances surrounding a possible misappropriation of client funds by a third party, and the subsequent attempt to cover up by the representative. Triad has determined the representative violated Triad’s internal policies and procedures ” 

If you have questions about an account handled by Cathy Hall Couch  or Harry Tim Couch 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

Keith Fontenot-Wells Fargo Clearing Services, Inc. Broker- Discloses 2 Customer Disputes – Lafayette, LA

June 2017 -Lafayette, LA

According to publicly available records Keith A. Fontenot  (CRD#2296303) ,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by Wells Fargo Advisors, disclose 2 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 FINRA Case 15-2471 a Wells Fargo Advisors customer sought  damages in an unstated amount  and alleged misleading and unsuitable recommendations regarding buying and selling annuities. In October 2016 that case was settled for $400,000.

In currently pending FINRA case 17-1181 a customer of Wells Fargo Clearing Services seeks damages of $80,000 and alleges unsuitable recommendations to invest in equities.

Keith Fontenot has been employed with Wells Fargo Clearing Services since November 2016.  Before then he was employed with Wells Fargo Advisors since May of 2009.

If you have losses  in an account handled by Keith Fontenot 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

Todd D. Ryman -Suntrust Investment Services Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes-Atlanta, GA

June 2017 – Atlanta, GA

The FINRA records of Todd D. Ryman ,  a  stockbroker previously employed with  Raymond James & Associates, Inc.  disclose  a prior regulatory matter and 6 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.

Prior customer disputes include:

May 2017-A customer of Deutsche Bank Securities alleged damages of $250,000 related to the sale of an unsuitable private equity fund. That case was settled for $205,193.

FINRA Case 14-02095- A customer of Merrill Lynch sought damages of $100,000 alleging that Ryman made unsuitable investment recommendations, made unauthorized trades and misrepresented material facts. That case settled for $47,500.

June 2009- A customer of Banc America Investment Services alleged unauthorized trading in auction rate securities. That case settled for $5 million.

 

Ryman is currently employed by  Suntrust Investment Services. His prior employment includes Raymond James & Associates, Inc.,Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Banc of America Investment Services.  

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Todd D. Ryman  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