Category Archives: Citigroup/Smith Barney

Christopher D. Sinkula Investigation-Janney Montgomery Scott Broker-Stuart, FL

June 2017-Stuart, Florida

We are investigating Stuart-based Janney Montgomery Scott stockbroker Christopher D. Sinkula. FINRA records indicate that Sinkula has been employed by Janney Montgomery Scott since 8/2008.

Our client is a single lady approaching retirement who alleges damages for  unsuitable investments which she alleges were purchased for her account by Sinkula.

Sinkula’s official broker records disclose that two of his customers brought actions that resulted in cash settlements:

  • In FINRA Case 12-01357 a customer of CItigroup Global Markets, his prior employer, sought damages of $879,680 alleging that Sinkula misrepresented the features of variable annuities that he recommended. That case was settled for $200,000.
  • In NASD Case 97-0761 a customer of A.G. Edwards, his prior employer, sought damages of $67,540 and alleged breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, account related negligence and failure to execute. That case was settled for $46,000.

If you have information you feel could be helpful to this investigation, please contact Nan Thompson at 561 391 1900.

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.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Bruce R. Clark-Wells Fargo Broker-Disciplined by Texas Regulator-Longview, TX

December 2016- Longview, Texas

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) sanctioned  Bruce Russell Clark (CRD# 2848753) of Longview, Texas,  reprimanding him and assessing an administrative fine of $5,000.

According to the TSSB Disciplinary Order, from June 1996 to July 2016, Clark had five liens entered against him which he failed to disclose as required by the Rules and Regulations of the Texas State Securities Board.

According to publicly available records Clark is currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services. His prior employment includes Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. , UBS Financial Services and Citigroup Global Markets.

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 S. Garfinkel-Oppenheimer Broker, Boca Raton-Discloses Customer Disputes and Bankruptcy Filing

August  2016-Boca Raton, Florida

The FINRA records of Mark S. Garfinkel ,  a  stock broker who is currently employed  by Oppenheimer & Co.  , disclose  five prior  customer disputes and and one 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.

Garfinkel’s prior customer disputes include:

  • New York Stock Exchange Case#2002-010633-In which a customer of Garfinkel’s prior employer, Morgan Stanley, alleged damages of $435,000 for common law and statutory securities violations. That case was settled for $95,000.

Garfinkel discloses the filing of a Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy proceeding in 9/2010 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida.

Garfinkel has been employed by Oppenheimer & Co. at 4855 Technology Way, Suite 400,  Boca Raton, FL, since 11/2013.   Garfinkel’s  prior employment includes:

  • Raymond James, Jupiter, FL                     2/2013-11/2013
  • Morgan Keegan, Jupiter, FL                      8/2010-2/2013
  • Morgan Stanley SB, Boca Raton             6/2009-8/2010
  • Citigroup Global Mkt, Boca                       4/2005-6/2009

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

John M. Gregory-Former Citigroup Broker-Discloses Termination from Employment

White Plains, New York

According to FINRA records,  John M. Gregory   a stockbroker  who currently works  for Prospera Financial Services , discloses  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.

Gregory discloses  that in 3/2015 he was discharged from CItigroup Global Markets. The discharge came following a review of documents in which the client signed documents in blan, some of which were later attached to prepopulated forms, and it appears that there is altered information on other forms, according to the company.

Gregory was employed by Citigroup Global Markets from 12/2010-4/2015. He has been employed by Prospera Financial Services since 4/2015.

 

If you have questions about an account handled  by John M. Gregory, 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

Claus Foerster-Former Smith Barney/Raymond James Broker Indicted for Fraud

March 8, 2016- Greenville, South Carolina

The United States Attorney’s Office for District of South Carolina announced that Claus C. Foerster, 55, of Spartanburg, South Carolina was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury and charged with wire fraud.

According to the indictment, Foerster defrauded clients out of $2.8 million.

Foerster, who was previously a broker with Raymond James, Morgan Keegan, and CItigroup, was barred by FINRA from the securities industry in June 2014. See this for more. 

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

Texas Securities Commissioner John Morgan Fines Citigroup Global Markets $35,000

August 18, 2015-Austin, Texas

John Morgan, Texas Securities Commissioner entered a Consent Order finding that Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. failed to monitor the registration status of sales assistants, some of whom accepted client orders without being properly licensed in Texas.

Citigroup was reprimanded and ordered to pay a fine of $35,000.

Texas participated in a multistate investigation into the practices of Citigroup Global and other brokerage firms in supervising sales assistants. The Order requires Citigroup to establish and maintain policies and procedures to ensure  compliance with state securities registration laws.

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