Category Archives: Cetera Financial Group

VSR Financial Services-How to Recover Damages On Investment Losses

OCTOBER  2017VSR Financial Services closed down its operations in the Fall of 2016. Many of its brokers and clients have been transferred to Summit Brokerage Services, a related entity which is part of the Cetera Financial Group.

See below for discussion of VSR’s regulatory issues related to the sale of real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil and gas partnerships and other alternative investments and how you may be able to recover damages for losses on those investments.

 

VSR’s  Alternative Investment Problem

VSR is well known for its sales of alternative investments such as non-traded REITs, equipment leasing programs, oil & gas drilling programs, promissory notes and commodity funds. In 2013, VSR and its president Donald Beary, were sanctioned by FINRA in connection with the sale of alternative investments. VSR paid a fine of $550,000.

Recovery of Investment Losses On Limited Partnerships and Other Alternative Investments Purchased From VSR Financial

Over the past several years we have represented a number of investors, mostly retirees, who were recommended alternative investments with the promise of steady, dependable income and minimal risk.

Follow this link for other postings related to the recovery of losses on investments purchased from VSR Financial Services.

If you have suffered losses as a result of investing in alternative investments that were recommended to you by a VSR Financial Services broker (including, but not limited to John Towers, Dennis Van Patter, Mickey Long, Parks Brown, Jr.  , and Keith Bradley) , we may be able to help you recover damages.

Time is of the essence, so if you have a claim, you would be wise to pursue immediately.

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

Daniel Vasquez, Sr. – Former Investor’s Capital Broker – Discloses Customer Disputes & Regulatory Event – Irvine, CA

April 2017-Irvine, CA 

According to publicly available records Daniel Vasquez, Sr. , (CRD#3141463) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently not registered, but previously worked for Cetera Advisors and Investors Capital Corp discloses two final regulatory events, three pending customer disputes and three 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 September 2016 FINRA permanently barred Vasquez from the securities industry for failing to respond to FINRA request for information.

In pending FINRA   case 2012 0306704 a customer of Foothill Securities alleges damages of $150,000 for unsuitable investments.

In pending FINRA case #16-02455 a customer of Investors Capital Corp and Cetera Advisors alleges of $107,392 for unsuitable investments and unauthorized trading, including an investment in the NEON Fund.

Vasquez was employed by Cetera Advisors from 11/2013 – 5/2016  and was previously employed by Investors Capital Corp. from 9/2011 – 11/2013 and with Foothill Securities 9/2009-9/2011. .

INVESTORS CAPITAL CORP. SUBJECT OF 21 REGULATORY MATTERS–CEASES OPERATIONS FALL 2016

Investors Capital Corp. withdrew its registration with FINRA in fall 2016. Investors Capital has been named in 21 regulatory matters and a number of customer arbitrations. For more information on Investors Capital Corp, follow this link. 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Daniel B. Vasquez, Sr.  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

Robert Estevez, Former Investors Capital Corp Broker-Discloses Regulatory Matters-NY

March 2017- New York

According to publicly available records Robert Estevez , (CRD# 3161419) ,  a  stockbroker who previously worked for Investors Capital Corp and who is currently employed by Joseph Gunnar & Co.  disclose a pending regulatory investigation, 2 prior finalized regulatory matters, 5 final customer disputes and 3 outstanding judgement/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 the currently pending regulatory matter, Michigan securities regulators seek to deny Estevez’s registration in that state because, according to their allegations: “Estevez…is the subject of a Cease and Desist Order issued by the State of New Hampshire, and Applicant’s liabilities exceed his assets and the Administrator has made a finding of insolvency as to Applicant…”

In a prior regulatory matter while he was employed by Investors Capital Corp., the State of New Hampshire fined Estevez $50,000 and alleged that ” The State found that individuals in the branch where Mr. Estevez was located made telemarketing calls into the state of New Hampshire to persons on the National Do Not Call List. The State found that Mr. Estevez may have initiated some of these calls”. 9/2014- Com-2013-00002-00004. 

Public records disclose that Estevez has three outstanding IRS liens of $56,135 , $15,646 and $59,897.

Estevez has been registered with Joseph Gunnar & Co.  since 9/2016. He was registered with Investors Capital Corp. from 12/2008-9/2016.

Investors Capital Corp., a part of the Cetera Group, wound down operations during 2016. Many of the brokers were transferred to Summit Brokerage Services.

INVESTORS CAPITAL CORP. SUBJECT OF 21 REGULATORY MATTERS–CEASES OPERATIONS FALL 2016

Investors Capital Corp. withdrew its registration with FINRA in fall 2016. Investors Capital has been named in 21 regulatory matters and a number of customer arbitrations. For more information on Investors Capital Corp, follow this link. 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Robert Estevez, 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: 877-224-3199Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

VSR Financial-Overland Park, KS, Brokerage Firm- Shutting Down Operations

November 3, 2016-Overland Park, KS

The Kansas City Star reports that VSR Financial, which has been in business since 1984, it shutting down and moving its brokers and customers to other related firms in the Cetera Financial Group.

VSR Financial had about 215 brokers in 58 branches nationwide.

VSR has had several significant regulatory issues to deal with in the recent years:

Alternative Investment Issue

In May 2013, VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)  in connection with the sale of alternative investments similar to United Development Funding. 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. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. 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.

For more information related to VSR Financial’s alternative investment issues, follow this link. 

Variable Annuity Sales Issue

In October 2016, VSR Financial was censured and fined $400,000 for various supervisory issues related to the sale of variable annuities to customers. Related entities Cetera Advisor Networks, Cetera Financial Specialists, First Allied Securities and Summit Brokerage Services were also sanctioned by FINRA for supervisory failures related to the sales of variable annuities.

Follow this link to 10/2016 VSR Financial FINRA Sanction for Variable Annuity Sales Violations

If you have losses in an account in an account at  VSR Financial Services , 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

Investors Capital Corp. Discloses 21 Regulatory Issues-Withdraws FINRA Registration

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2017-As of 11/18/2016 Investors Capital Corp is no longer registered with FINRA or a national securities exchange. In October 2016, Investors Capital was censured, fined $250,000 and required to pay restitution to customers in connection with the short term trading of unit investment trusts (UITS) and Steepener Notes.

ORIGINAL POST JUNE 2016According to FINRA records,  stock brokerage firm Investors Capital Corp.  discloses 19 regulatory events that are final and 14 final arbitrations. According to recent press, there are plans to shut down the company in the coming months.

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.

Investors Capital Corp. is an independent full-service broker-dealer and has been a FINRA member since 1992. They are headquartered in Lynnfield, Massachusetts and employ over 500 brokers in over 300 offices nationwide.

During 2013-2014, RCS Capital Corp. (RCAP) acquired Investors Capital Corp. along with a number of other independent broker-dealers, including Cetera Financial Group. In early 2016 RCAP filed for bankruptcy and in spring 2016, Cetera announced that as part of its restructuring they would be merging Investors Capital and VSR Financial Services, known for its sales of alternative investments, into its Summit Brokerage Services unit.

Investors Capital Corps.’s recent regulatory events include:

  • 8/2014-New Hampshire regulators assessed a fine of $125,000 and required rescission of unsuitable sales of non-traded REITs. Regulators alleged that Investors Capital made telemarketing calls to residents in violation of FINRA telemarketing rules and sold unsuitable non-traded REITs.
  • 3/2014-FINRA alleged that the firm failed to have a proper process in place to ensure that prospectuses were delivered to purchasers of exchange traded funds (ETFs) and that the firm did not engage in training brokers about the features and risks of ETFs. A fine of $100,000 was assessed.

If you have questions about an account at  Investors Capital Corp., 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