Category Archives: LPL Financial

Nghi Thanh Ho -IMS Securities Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute- Houston, TX

April 2017 – Houston, TX

According to publicly available records Nghi Thanh Ho,  (CRD#2327672) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with IMS Securities  discloses one pending customer dispute and a separation 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 February 2017,  a customer of IMS Securities filed a claim alleging damages of $175,400 for  misrepresentation by Nghi Thanh Ho in connection with an investment in  variable annuities.  

Nghi Thanh Ho has been employed by IMS Securities since 9/2012. His prior employment includes Next Financial Group, Inc, LPL Financial and Edward Jones. He discloses a business relationship with Royal Oaks Financial Group of Houston, TX. 

In 3/2009 Nghi T. Ho was discharged by LPL Financial who made the following allegation: “Discharged for violating firm policy relating to the borrowing of funds from a client.”

IMS Securities has been a FINRA member since 1994 and is headquartered in Houston, TX. They have about 105 associated persons and 57 branch offices.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Hghi Thanh Ho, 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Leon Paul Rehak-Former Raymond James Broker-Named in Churning Complaint-Pompano, FL

March 2017-Pompano Beach, FL

According to publicly available records Leon Paul Rehak  , (CRD# 2331058) ,  a   stockbroker who presently works for LPL Financial,  discloses a pending 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 pending FINRA arbitration 16-03193 , a Raymond James customer alleges damages of $600,000 for fraud, excessive trading, churning, unauthorized trading, breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitability, deceptive practices and other claims from 4/2004-12/2011.

Rehak has been registered with LPL Financial since 10/2016 and was with Raymond James in Ft. Lauderdale from 4/2004-10/2016.

 

If you have losses in an  investment account handled by Leon P. Rehak , you may be entitled to recover damages. 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

Securities Regulators Fine 12 Firms over $14 million for Failing to Protect Records

December 2016- Washington

In a News Release, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that the following firms were fined a total of $14.4 million for deficiencies relating to the preservation of brokerage firm records and customer records in a format that prevents alteration:

  • Wells Fargo Securities & Wells Fargo Prime Services, fine $4 million jointly
  • RBC Capital Markets & RBC Capital Markets Arbitrage fined $3.5 million jointly
  • RBS Securities, fined $2 million
  • Wells Fargo Advisors, Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network & First Clearing, fined $1.5 million jointly
  • SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, fined $1.5 million
  • LPL Financial, fined $750,000
  • Georgeson Securities, fined $650,000
  • PNC Capital Markets, fined $500,000

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

LPL Financial Ordered to Pay $3.7M Over Variable Annuity Sales-Polaris Platinum III

UPDATE Jan 2017LPL Financial  ordered to pay up to $3.7 million in restitution and fines as a result of an investigation into sales of unsuitable variable annuities by former top producer, Roger Zullo.

Original Post –December 2016- Boston, MA

LPL Financial LLC and one of its former brokers Roger S. Zullo were named in an administrative complaint filed by Massachusetts’s securities regulator William Galvin alleging that LPL Financial failed to supervise Zullo who allegedly commited fraud in selling unsuitable variable annuities to retirees.  Link to Massachusetts complaint. 

According to the Massachusetts complaint:

  • Zullo fabricated the financial suitability profiles of numerous LPL clients, selling them scores of large, illiquid, unsuitable, high commission variable annuities, thereby generating large profits for LPL and Zullo, to the detriment of retiree victims.
  • Over a three year period Zullo and LPL received over $1.8 million in commissions on the sale of variable annuities, nearly all of which was generated from one annuity product, the Polaris Platinum III (B shares)
  • “Zullo’ s greed for commissions at times led him to disregard the well being of his clients. Zullo knew one client personally for more than twenty years – a single, retired healthcare worker, with no financial sophistication, no assets at her disposal except those in Zullo’s hands,  and no nearby family to assist her financially. In 2008, Zullo sold the client a variable annuity, which thereafter generated income payments that the client relied on as her primary source of income. In 2015, with the client past the age of 80 and experiencing cognitive impairment, and with the client seeking out assisted living arrangements, Zullo had the client meet him at a subway station near his office to sign paperwork for a switch into a new variable annuity with a fresh, seven-year surrender schedule. The switch was unnecessary, unsuitable, and unwanted; cost the client $1,391.03 in surrender charges; and deprived the client of income she relied on to pay for the basic costs of living.”

Zullo was discharged by LPL Financial in 12/2016 following the filing of the Massachusetts complaint.

If you have questions about an annuity, including Polaris Platinum III,  you purchased from LPL Financial, call to learn about options for recovery of damages.

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

Erryn Michael Barkett-Former NEXT FInancial Broker-Discloses Sanctions and Customer Disputes Over Unregistered Securities-The Woodlands, TX

February 2017-The Woodlands, TX and Fincastle, VA

According to publicly available records Erryn Michael Barkett , (CRD# 4102279) ,  a  stockbroker who is employed by LPL Financial, disclose that he was sanctioned by the Virginia State Corporation Commission who alleged that he sold unsuitable and unregistered securities and omitted material information in the sale of those securities causing investors to lose $330,000.

Barkett was ordered to pay restitution of $15,000.

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.

Public records disclose that  Barkett’s prior employer  NEXT Financial Group paid over $310,000 to settle the claims of four customers who alleged that Barkett sold them fraudulent unregistered products involving structure military pension investments.

In pending FINRA Case 17-0132 a customer of NEXT Financial Group is seeking damages of $310,000 and alleges that between 2009 and 2013 Barkett recommended that they invest in various fraudulent companies and recommended nearly $650,000 in illiquid and poor performing alternative investments, REITs and annuities.

 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Erryn Michael Barkett, 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

Dominic DeBruin-Former LPL Financial Broker-Barred From Securities Industry

November 2016-Mesa, AZ

The FINRA records of  Dominic T. DeBruin,  a  former stockbroker with LPL Financial,  disclose that he has been permanently barred from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public.

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.

DeBruin, without admitting or denying the findings, consented to the sanction and entry of findings that he refused to provide information and documents and to appear for on the record testimony as requested by FINRA in connection with an investigation for depositing client funds related to potential private securities transactions undisclosed to his employer into his personal bank account.

Prior to working for LPL Financial, DeBruin was employed by Waddell & Reed.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Dominic DeBruin , 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

Donald Watson-Former Jeffrey Matthews Broker- Discloses Discharge from Employment

November 2016-Sarasota, FL

The FINRA records of  Donald Lee Watson ,  a  former stockbroker with Jeffrey Matthews Financial Group,  who is not currently  employed disclose a prior customer dispute that has been resolved and two terminations from employment after allegations.

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.

Watson’s FINRA record discloses that on 1/5/2015 he was discharged by FirstTrust LLC. The company made the following allegations in connection with the discharge: “Disregard for compliance procedures. Failure to repay debt to company. Donald Watson did not comply with requests for personal securities transaction reports and repeatedly violated email compliance protocols. Furthermore, Watson collected a 4-month series of loan payments secured by his personal and unconditional guarantee. He is now disputing the loan and expressing his intent to default.”

His record further discloses that on 12/15/2015, Watson was discharged by The Jeffrey Matthews Financial Group who made the following allegations in connection therewith: “Don Watson (DW) alleged he produced over $700k/yr in gross production at his prior employer. He produced a W2 as evidence to Jeffrey Matthews (JM). JM relied on his assertion adn W-2 as the basis for issuing a corporate advance of $200K. While employed at JM from 9/29/15-12/15/15 DW did not transition any client assets to the firm and had no gross production. DW misrepresented the W2 information as production-related, but JM subsequently learned it was not. In addition, we learned DW’s client spreadsheet presented to JM was also fraudulent.”

Jeffrey Matthews Financial Group filed a FINRA arbitration against Watson seeking recovery of the $200,000 advance plus costs and fees. In November 2016, a FINRA arbitration panel ordered Watson to pay the company $260,000. FINRA Case 16-0548. 

Watson’s prior employment in the securities industry includes:

  • Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.
  • International Assets Advisory
  • PNC Investments
  • LPL Financial
  • UVest Financial Services Group
  • Raymond James Financial Services

 

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Donald Watson , 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