Category Archives: Capital Financial Services

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

UPDATE DECEMBER 2017-We recently filed a FINRA arbitration claim against Capital Financial Services on behalf of an elderly lady residing in Houston, Texas, who alleges that Mark Sitter mismanaged her account by investing a large portion of her liquid net worth in unsuitable investments. The claimant seeks damages of between $50,000-$100,000.

ORIGINAL POST-October 2017- The Woodlands, Texas

We continue our investigation of 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. According to FINRA records, there have been three customer arbitration awards against Capital Financial Services including FINRA Case 13-03763 in which a customer was awarded $50,000 for breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentations in connection with the sale of a real estate investment trust (REIT). In 2011 Capital Financial Services agreed to a censure and disgorgement/restitution of $200,000 to resolve allegations that sales of oil and gas investments were improperly made.

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

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

UPDATE DECEMBER 2017-We recently filed a FINRA arbitration claim against Capital Financial Services on behalf of an elderly lady residing in Houston, Texas, who alleges that Mark Sitter mismanaged her account by investing a large portion of her liquid net worth in unsuitable investments. The claimant seeks damages of between $50,000-$100,000.

ORIGINAL POST-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

William D. Byrd-Former Transamerica Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes-Tampa, FL

May 2017-Tampa, FL

The FINRA records of  William D. Byrd ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Capital 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 currently pending FINRA arbitration 17-0149 a customer of Capital Financial Services is seeking damages of $100,000 and alleges unsuitable investments ignoring changing circumstances and misrepresentations.

In one of the  prior matters, FINRA Case 15-0961 , a customer of Transamerica Financial Advisors  alleged damages of $86,400  for unsuitable recommendations. That case settled in 8/2016 for $83,500.

Byrd  has been registered with Capital Financial Services since 9/2016. He was previously with Invest Financial and Transamerica FInancial.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by William D. Byrd , you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

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.

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 E. Blanke-Capital Financial Services Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes-Garland, TX

May 2017-Garland, TX

The FINRA records of  Steven Earle Blanke ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Capital Financial Services disclose a pending customer dispute, a prior final customer dispute and a prior financial event.

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 currently pending FINRA arbitration 16-01267 a customer of Capital Financial Services is seeking damages of $499,999 and alleges unsuitable investments and failure to supervise in connection with investments in alternative investments.  (direct investments, limited partnerships, oil & gas, real estate securities, equipment leasing).

In a prior matter, FINRA Case 15-0968, a customer of Capital Financial Services alleged damages of between $100,000-$300,000 for common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, failure to supervise and negligence in connection with investments in alternative products. That case settled in 8/2016 for $53,000.

Blanke has been registered with Capital Financial Services since 6/2006. He discloses a business affiliation with BAS Advisory Services in Garland, TX.

Blanke discloses the filing and discharge of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 8/2009. United States Bankruptcy Court-Northern District of Texas.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Steven E. Blanke , you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

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.

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

Marie P. Goforth-Former LPL Financial Broker-Discloses Sanction by Texas Regulator-San Antonio, TX

May 2017-San Antonio, TX

The FINRA records of  Marie P. Goforth  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently  employed  by Capital Financial Service   disclose  2 prior customer disputes 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.

May 4, 2017, Goforth’s registration, as both a securities agent and an investment adviser,  was suspended by the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) for a period of 45 days.  In the TSSB Disciplinary Order the following findings of fact were made:

  • While registered with LPL Financial, Goforth maintained numerous blank forms signed by her clients in her client files.
  • LPL Financial’s supervisory procedures prohibited maintaining blank forms signed by clients
  • While registered with LPL, Goforth reused a form signed by a client for two third party checks in violation of LPL procedures

In July 2016 Goforth was discharged by LPL Financial who made the following allegation on her FINRA record: “Violation of firm’s signature policy”.

 

Marie Goforth was employed by LPL Finanical  from 9/2009-8/2016. She has been employed by Capital Financial Services since 1/2017. Goforth discloses business affiliations with MG Financial Strategies. Goforth is also known as Marie Goforthreed.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Marie P. Goforth 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

Thomas Redmond-Former Capital Financial Services/Next Financial Broker Charged with Fraud

FINRA records indicate that Thomas Heflin Redmond, Jr. was registered with these firms during the time frames indicated:

  • Next Financial Group, Inc.                                         12/2007-10/2009
  • Capital Financial Services, Inc.                                   8/2005-11/2007
  • Empire Financial Group, Inc.                                      11/2003-8/2005
  • Freedom Financial, inc.                                                2/2002-11/2003
  • SII Investments, Inc.                                                     3/2001-3/2002

In 2011, FINRA revoked Redmond’s registration for making an unsuitable investment to a 60 year old widow, for whom he invested 47.5% of her liquid net worth in high risk investments including $100,000 in an oil and gas limited partnership. Redmond forged signatures and otherwise failed to follow the instructions of the customer. To top it off, Redmond falsely told the customer that he had invested a third of his personal assets in one of the same investments, a common sales pitch utilized by unscrupulous
investors to gain investor confidence.

On March 1 2013, Redmond was charged with fraud in Indiana for
defrauding 10 elderly investors out of more than $580,000. According to Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry:

“This case is particularly devastating as it involves the most trusting
of victims: elderly widows who knew Redmond through church and a pair of missionaries who spent their life’s work overseas counseling survivors of Auschwitz,” said Secretary Lawson. “These Hoosiers, who thought they were making sound investments, have lost their life savings.”

Redmond admitted that he began stealing from clients in 2004 by feigning a shared Christian belief to secure the trust and confidence of his victims. To perpetuate this ponzi scheme, Redmond prepared and sent fake statements to the victims. To read the press release from Indiana authorities see this.

More information regarding the regulatory and disciplinary history of Redmond, Next Financial and Capital Financial Services can be found by visiting FINRA’s BrokerCheck website.

Brokerage firms have a duty to supervise the brokers that work for them to assure that they make suitable and legitimate investment recommendations. Investors who have suffered losses due to the negligence or fraud of their broker may be able to recover all or a part of their losses through FINRA arbitration.

If you have questions  about the way your brokerage account has been handled, call for a no charge consultation with an experienced
securities fraud attorney.

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

Rex Investigates CIP Leveraged Fund Advisors, LLC

Cornerstone Ventures, Inc. is the managing partner of CIP Leveraged Fund Advisors, LLC. The firms that solicited sales of this investment, according to SEC records are:

Pacific Cornerstone Capital, Inc.
Investors Capital Corp.
Private Consulting Group, Inc.
Cullum & Burks Securities, Inc.
Sammons Securities Company, LLC
USAllianz Securities, Inc.
American Investors Company
Equity Services, Inc.
Sigma Financial Corporation
Intervest International Equities Corporation
Cascade Financial Management Inc.
Investment Management Corporation
Royal Securities Company
Financial West Group
RBC Dain Rauscher Inc.
Harvest Capital LLC
Northland Securities, Inc.
Ameritas Investment Corp.
Advisory Group Equity Services, Ltd.
Capital Financial Services, Inc.

It may be possible that other firms not included in the list sold this
investment whose performance was tied to the performance of three other Cornerstone funds:

  • Cornerstone Healthcare Plus REIT (CHP)
  • Cornerstone Healthcare Real Estate Funds (CHREF)
  • Meadowbrook Healthcare Properties (MHP)

The company recently reported that CLFA units have no value, only slim hopes for the future. In February 2010, Pacific Cornerstone Capital Inc. and its former CEO Terry Roussel were fined a total of $750,000 for failing to include full and complete information in private placement offerings of CIP Leveraged Fund Advisors, LLC. Investors were promised 18% rate of return and maturity of the investment in two to four years. Roussel was also suspended.

Rex Securities Law , located in Boca Raton, FL, 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

561 391 1900