Category Archives: Citigroup/Smith Barney

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Top Ten Securities Regulatory Fines for 2014

December 23 2014

The Investment News announced Ten of the Biggest Regulatory Fines of 2014:

10-WFG Investments – $700,000 for failure to supervise brokers.

9-Berthel Fisher & Co. Financial Services– $775,000 for failure to supervise the sale of REITs, leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds (ETFs) and other alternative investments.

8-LPL Financial- $950,000 for failure to supervise the sale of nongraded REITs , oil and gas partnerships, hedge funds and other illiquid investments.

7-Stifel Nicolaus– $1 million for selling leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds (ETFs) to customers for whom they  were unsuitable.

6-Morgan Stanley– $1 million for paying $100 million in commissions to retired brokers without ensuring they were no longer soliciting or advising.

5-Ladenburg Thalmann- $1.275 million for failure to supervise hundreds of brokers who prepared and sent false and inaccurate statements to clients.

4-Wells Fargo– $1.5 million for failing to adequately review some 220,000 new customer accounts to ensure compliance with anti-money laundering requirements.

3-Merrill Lynch– $8 million for failing to waive mutual fund fees for certain charities and retirement accounts.

2-Citigroup– $15 million for not  adequately protecting against potential selective dissemination of non-public research to clients and staff.

1-J.S. Oliver Capital Management– $15 million for breach of fiduciary duty in operating an alleged cherry-picking scheme that defrauded several clients out of over $10 million.

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