Category Archives: Coastal Equities

Neil D. Pecker of Longwood, Florida, Ordered to Pay Millions in Fines/Restitution

UPDATE MARCH 2017-Longwood, FL

Public records disclose that on March 8, 2017, in an action filed by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, a consent order was entered against Neil D. Pecker and his company Viseon Financial Planners , who were charged with fraudulent solicitation and misappropriation in connection with off-exchange binary options. Restitution of $2.7 million and a civil monetary penalty of $3..7 million were ordered. Case# 16-cv-60297. 

Pecker was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA in 12/2016.

ORIGINAL POST-July 2016-Longwood, Florida

The FINRA records of Neil D. Pecker  , a stockbroker who was last  employed by  Coastal Equities  disclose a pending civil event and a prior 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 February 2016 the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed a civil action against Pecker and his company Vision Financial Partners, of Deerfield, FL,  charging them with fraud in connection with off-exchange binary options and registration violations. Pecker and his company are alleged to have diverted $2 million of client funds to bank accounts for their own use.

Pecker was employed by a number of broker dealers over the recent years, including Coastal Equities, Westpark Capital, Newport Coast Securities and First Midwest Securities.

Investors who suffered losses in an account handled by Neil D. Pecker may be entitled to recover damages from his former employer 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

Rushton L. Ardrey-Former Newport Coast Securities Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes

July 2016-Boston, MA

The FINRA records of Rushton L. Ardrey, III  , a former stock broker employed by  Newport Coast Securities  disclose 3 prior final regulatory events, a prior customer dispute, 3 currently pending 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.

In September 2015, without admitting or denying the findings, Ardrey entered into an agreement with FINRA to resolve allegations that he sent a wire of $33,000 from his personal bank account to that of a customer in order to reimburse the customer for losses sustained in her account without prior written authorization from his then member firm, Wells Fargo Advisors. Ardrey was suspended for 10 days.

Ardrey’s FINRA disclosure reports that in FINRA Case 12-4352, a customer while Ardrey was employed by UBS Financial Services and Wells Fargo Advisors alleged damages in excess of $1 million for unsuitable and excessive trading. That case was settled for $455,000.

In the three pending cases customers allege unsuitable, unauthorized and excessive trading. No damages are specified.

Ardrey was employed by Newport Coast Securities  from 10/2014-8/2015. Prior to that he was with White, Weld & Co. from 12/2013-10/2014, Coastal Equities from 12/2013-12/2013 and with Wells Fargo Advisors from 9/2009-11/2013.

Ardrey was discharged by Wells Fargo Advisors in 11/2013. Wells Fargo Advisors alleged that Ardrey “admitted to making a payment to a client to compensate for account losses’, in connection with the discharge.

Investors who suffered losses in an account handled by Rushton L. Ardrey, III, may be entitled 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

Michael Donnelly Investigation-Coastal Equities Broker Admits Theft From Elderly Clients

October 19, 2015

Former Coastal Equities broker Michael Donnelly of Lecanto, Florida, admitting defrauding his clients and to disgorge over $2.2 million. In addition he consented to an SEC order permanently barring him from the securities industry.

According to the SEC’s complaint filed in federal district court in Philadelphia, Donnelly took funds from elderly and unsophisticated investors and instead of investing it as promised, used it to pay for his own expenses, including rent, car payments, golf club membership dues, and his children’s private school tuition.  Donnelly concealed his scheme by providing investors with false account statements, trade confirmations, and other bogus information that purportedly reflected their investment holdings and repeatedly told investors that their fictitious “investments” were performing well.  The scheme ran from 2007 through August 2014.

Donnelly’s victims were primarily elderly persons, many of whom were in their mid to late 80’s. One couple, age 81 and 83, lost $800,000.

If you have questions about the way your brokerage account is being handled or about losses in your account, call to speak with an experienced securities 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

Coastal Equities Broker Michael Donnelly Sanctioned by Securities Regulator-Discharged for Misappropriating Client Funds

October 2015 UPDATE-Michael Donnelly admits stealing $2M from his elderly clients. See this for more.

October 5, 2014-Newark, Delaware

Michael E. Donnelly  entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent  (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that in September 2014 Donnelly would not cooperate with FINRA who was investigating allegations that he converted client funds.   Case # 2014042487201.

Donnelly was permanently barred  from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public.

FINRA records indicate Donnelly was registered with Coastal Equities, Inc.  from 10/2009-9/2014. Donnelly was discharged from Coastal Equities 9/2/2014 with the comment “Misappropriation of client funds”.

Prior to that he was registered with First Midwest Securities  from 5/2006-3/2009.

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