Category Archives: Berthel Fisher and Company

Jonathan T. Pyne-Update on Investigation-Minneapolis, MN

October 2017-Minneapolis, MN

Jonathan Todd Pyne (aka Jon Pyne )  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Berthel Fisher & Co. Financial Services discloses 2 pending customer disputes and 3 prior final customer disputes on his FINRA record.

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 of the currently  pending  disputes, received in 7/2017 , a customer of Berthel Fisher alleges damages in excess of $5,000 and claims that she was misled by Pyne into purchasing a real estate investment that she did not know was illiquid.

In another currently pending matter received in 9/2016, a Berthel Fisher customer is upset with the overall performance of the account which was invested in oil & gas, real estate securities and a business development company. Damages are not specified, but exceed $5,000.

In September 2016 Berthel Fisher settled a complaint brought by one of Pyne’s customers alleging that oil and gas and real estate securities purchased in 2008 and 2009 were unsuitable and misrepresented. That matter was settled for $48,175.

In FINRA arbitration 14-0952 a customer of Pyne’s alleged damages of $250,000 in connection with the sale of unsuitable investments sold to her in 2007 and 2008 in equipment leasing, oil and gas and real estate securities. That case was settled in 11/2015 for $110,000.

Pyne has been employed by Berthel Fisher & Co.   since 2/2007. Pyne discloses a business affiliation with Evergreen Financial Group.

See this for our prior investigation of Jonathan T. Pyne over the sale of the following alternative investments:

  • Gulf Coast Rig & Equipment
  • Reef Income & Development
  • Leaf Equipment Leasing Fund
  • Inland American
  • Cornerstone Properties (now Summit Health Care)
  • Columbia Properties

If you have questions about an account  handled by Jonathan T. Pyne , contact us to discuss your options.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , equipment leasing, oil and gas, hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures.  These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

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

Dennis Rasmusson- Former VSR Financial Broker- Discloses Customer Disputes-Scottsdale, AZ

April 2017- Scottsdale, AZ

The FINRA records of  Dennis D. Rasmusson,  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by  Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc.  and was previously employed by VSR Financial Services, disclose a prior regulatory event and two prior 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 arbitration 15-00152 a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $500,000 for failure to follow instructions, trading excessively, breach of fiduciary duties, unsuitable investments, negligence, misrepresentation,  breach of contract and violations of the Nebraska Securities Act from 10/2011 to 12/2013 in connection with equity listed common and preferred stocks.   That case was settled for $110,000.

In FINRA arbitration 13-02971 a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $81,000 for portfolio mismanagement from 3/2011- 2013.   That case was settled for $34,000.

In 2011 he was fined $12,500 by the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance to resolve allegations that he failed to record and maintain books and records and failed to maintain required net capital and policies and procedures manual.

Rasmusson has been employed by Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services since 3/2014. Prior to that he was employed by VSR Financial Services from 2/2011 until 3/2014. He discloses a business affiliation with Rasmusson Financial Group, Scottsdale, AZ.

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments . In their findings, FINRA criticized VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

 VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage ServicesSee this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Dennis Rasmusson call for a no charge consultation.

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

Jonathan T. Pyne-Berthel Fisher Broker-Discloses Settlements Over Alternative Investments-Minneapolis, MN

May 2017-Minneapolis, MN

The FINRA records of  Jonathan T. Pyne (aka Jon Pyne )  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Berthel Fisher & Co. Financial Services disclose a pending customer dispute and 3 prior final 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 the currently pending  a customer of Berthel Fisher alleges damages in an unstated amount due to poor performance of the overall account. The investments at issue include oil & gas, real estate securities and business development companies. This complaint was received by Berthel Fisher in September 2016.

In September 2016 Berthel Fisher settled a complaint brought by one of Pyne’s customers alleging that oil and gas and real estate securities purchased in 2008 and 2009 were unsuitable and misrepresented. That matter was settled for $48,175.

In FINRA arbitration 14-0952 a customer of Pyne’s alleged damages of $250,000 in connection with the sale of unsuitable investments sold to her in 2007 and 2008 in equipment leasing, oil and gas and real estate securities. That case was settled in 11/2015 for $110,000.

Pyne has been employed by Berthel Fisher & Co.   since 2/2007. Pyne discloses a business affiliation with Evergreen Financial Group.

See this for our prior investigation of Jonathan T. Pyne over the sale of the following alternative investments:

  • Gulf Coast Rig & Equipment
  • Reef Income & Development
  • Leaf Equipment Leasing Fund
  • Inland American
  • Cornerstone Properties (now Summit Health Care)
  • Columbia Properties

If you have questions about an account  handled by Jonathan T. Pyne , contact us to discuss your options.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , equipment leasing, oil and gas, hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures.  These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

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

Frank Scarito-Former VSR Financial Services Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Dispute-Manchester, NH

April 2017-Manchester, NH

The FINRA records of  Frank Charles Scarito ,  a  stockbroker who is currently  employed by  Berthel, Fisher & Co.  a prior final 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 arbitration 15-0960 a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $389,000 for violations of Pennsylvania statutes and various common law claims in connection with the investment in direct investments, limited partnerships, equipment leasing investments, promissory notes and real estate securities. That case was settled for $65,000.

Scarito has been employed by Berthel Fisher & CO.  since 7/2016. Prior to that he was employed by VSR Financial Services from 7/2002-7/2016.

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments . In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

 VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage ServicesSee this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Frank Scarito  or have losses on alternative investments purchased from VSR Financial Services call for a no charge consultation.

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

Berthel Fisher & Broker Jeffrey Dragon Named in FINRA Complaint for Overcharging Commissons

April 2017-Burlington, MA

Berthel Fisher & Company and one of their brokers Jeffrey P. Dragon were named in a FINRA complaint alleging that Dragon generated more than $421,000 in concessions for himself and the firm, at the expense of customers, by recommending and effecting a pattern of unsuitable short-term trading of Unit Investment Trusts (UITs).

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 FINRA complaint further alleges that by failing to apply sales charge discounts from 2010-2014, more than 2700 customers did not receive applicable sales charge discounts resulting in excessive charges of about $667,000.

Berthel Fisher, which has about 350 brokers in 230 branch offices, was fined over $700,000 by FINRA 3 years ago for various failures in supervision related to sales of real estate investment trusts and leveraged exchange-traded funds from 2008-2012. Follow this link to review their FINRA record. 

Jeffrey Dragon was discharged by Berthel Fisher in 9/2016. The company made the following allegation in connection with his termination: “The firm believes that the representative did not adhere to a term of his heightened supervisions agreement, which required him to run all business, including fixed indexed annuities, through the firm’s commission grid.” Link to Dragon’s FINRA record. 

Investors who suffered losses on purchases of UITs, REITs or other investments in an account at Berthel Fisher 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

Steven Stahler-Former VSR Financial Broker-Discloses Numerous Customer Complaints

Baton Rouge, LA

UPDATE December 2016-Publicly available records disclose that in December 2016 a customer of Steven Stahler filed FINRA arbitration #16-3594 alleging damages for unsuitable investments in direct investments, equipment leasing, real estate securities, unit investment trusts and business development companies.

Original Post June 2016– According to FINRA records,  Steven L. Stahler  a stockbroker  who  formerly worked for VSR Financial Services discloses  1 final regulatory event, 11 final customer disputes, one pending customer dispute and one pending judgment/lien.

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 a currently pending matter, a customer while Stahler was employed by VSR Financial  Services alleges damages of $793,101 and alleges Stahler failed to diversify investments and was negligent in recommending direct investments in equipment leasing, oil and gas, promissory notes and REITs.

In November 2014, Stahler was suspended and fined by FINRA after being named in a FINRA complaint alleging that he made unsuitable recommendations to four customers. The recommendations were investments in private placements and REITs that were unsuitable for the customers.

Most of the previously resolved customer disputes against Stahler relate to investments made into alternative investments while Stahler was employed by VSR Financial Services. Settlements on those cases range as high as $1.3M.

Stahler was previously  registered with the following firms:

  • Lowell & Company                           8/2012=11/2013
  • Ausdal Financial Partners            12/2011-8/2012
  • Berthel Fisher Financial                 6/2009-12/2011
  • VSR Financial                                        10/1992-6/2009

In July 2013, FINRA fined VSR Financial $550,000 for over concentrating  alternative investments in customer accounts. See this for more information.

We have represented a number of people with claims against VSR Financial Services over during the past several years. Follow this link for more information on our investigation into the sales practices of VSR Financial Services.

If you have questions about an account handled  by Steven Stahler or other VSR FInancial Services broker, call for a no charge consultation.

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

Timothy C. Moody- Moody Captital Solutions Broker-Discloses Regulatory Suspension

Dawsonville, Georgia

According to FINRA records,  Timothy C. Moody   a stock broker  employed by Moody Capital Solutions , discloses a recent regulatory action.

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 2016, Timothy C. Moody, without admitting or denying the findings, consented to a fine of $5,000 and a three month suspension for willfully failing to timely amend FINRA reporting forms to disclose that he had filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia. Suspension is from 3/21/2016-6/20/2016.

Moody has been employed by Moody Capital Solutions since 10/2006.. Prior to that his employment includes Midsouth Capital and Berthel, Fisher & Co.

If you have questions about an account handled  by Timothy C. Moody, call for a no charge consultation.

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