Category Archives: National Securities Corporation

Mark A. Gassoso-National Securities Corp. Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute

February 2017-New Jersey

According to publicly available records Mark A. Gassoso  , (CRD# 2590007) ,  a   stockbroker who is employed by National Securities Corporation, 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 October 2016 a customer of National Securities Corporation filed FINRA arbitration #16-2863 alleging damages of $150,000 for unsuitable recommendations, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and negligent misrepresentations.

Mark A. Gassoso has been employed by National Securities Corporation since 11/2000.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled byMark A. Gassoso , 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

Douglas W. Studer-Former Kovack Securities Broker-Barred by Securities Regulator-Ft. Lauderdale, FL

February 2017-Ft. Lauderdale, FL

According to publicly available records Douglas W. Studer , (CRD# 4440047) ,  a  former stockbroker who was last employed by Kovack Securities, disclose that he was permanently barred by FINRA 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.

In September 2016 , without admitting or denying the allegations, Studer consented to the entry of findings that he refused to appear before FINRA for on the record testimony in relation to an investigation into whether he had violated his employing member firm’s policy by being named in an elderly customer’s estate documents to inherit the customer’s waterfront condominium.

 

In November 2015, a customer of Studer’s prior employer, National Securities Corporation alleged damages in excess of $5,000 for unauthorized trading in mutual funds. That matter was settled for $60,010.

Public records reveal that Studer filed and was discharged from Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in April 2010.

Prior to Kovack Securities, Studer was employed by National Securities and before that by Prime Capital Services.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Douglas W. Studer, 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 B. Hardcastle-Former VSR Financial BrokerDiscloses Settlement of Customer Disputes

September 2016-Chesterfield, MO

The FINRA records of  Robert B. Hardcastle,  a  stockbroker who was formerly employed by  VSR Financial Services  disclose 11 prior customer disputes that are final.

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.

Hardcastle discloses that he has settled 4 customer disputes , including:

  • NASD Case 5-5562- customer alleged that Hardcastle, while employed by National Securities Corporation, made unsuitable investments in mutual funds and alleged damages of $300,000. The case was settlement for $130,000.
  • NASD Case 5-4574-customer alleged that Hardcastle, while employed by National Securities Corporation, made unsuitable, over concentrated investments in high risk aggressive stocks and claimed damages of $675,000. The case was settled for $100,000.

Hardcastle is currently employed by Summit Brokerage Services. His prior employment history includes:

  • VSR Financial Services 6/2004-9/2016
  • WS Griffith Securities 9/1999-6/2004

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments. 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.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Robert B. Hardcastle or 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

Matthew A. Siliato-Meyers Associates Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Disputes

August 2016-New York

The FINRA records of  Matthew A. Siliato,  a  stock broker who currently is employed by Meyers Associates disclose 2 currently pending customer disputes, 4 prior final customer disputes, 1 prior financial event and a currently outstanding judgement/lien.

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 currently pending FINRA Case #16-1528, a customer of Meyers Associates alleges damages of $250,627 for unsuitable investments.

In currently pending FINRA Case #15-3036, a customer of Siliato’s prior employer National Securities Corp.  alleges damages of $522,941 for unsuitable investments and breach of fiduciary duty.

Siliato has been registered with  Meyers Associates since 3/2013. Prior to that he was registered with National Securities Corp.  from 1/2010-2/2013.

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

Joseph M. Thurnherr-Former First Standard Financial Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Disputes

August 2016- New York

The FINRA records of  Joseph M. Thurnherr,  a  stock broker who is currently employed by Meyers Associates  disclose  two pending customer disputes and three prior final 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 FINRA Case#16-01460, a customer of Thurnherr’s prior employer First Standard Financial Company alleges damages of $93,624 alleging that his account was unsuitably invested and over concentrated.

In FINRA Case#1-01143, a customer of Thurnherr’s prior employer Legend Securities alleges damages of $536,180 alleging churning, excessive trading, suitability, unauthorized trading, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation.

 

Thurnherr has been registered with Meyers Associates since 11/2015.  He was registered with First Standard Financial Company from 10/2014-10/2015, National Securities Corp from 11//2012-10/2014 and with Legend Securities from 1/2011-1/2012.

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

Jan E. Haynes-Centaurus Financial Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes

August 2016- La Jolla, CA

The FINRA records of  Jan E. Haynes,  a  stock broker who is currently employed by Centaurus Financial  disclose  a prior regulatory event and 11 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  FINRA arbitration 14-01882, a customer of Haynes former employer National Securities Corp., alleged damages of $50,000 for breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation, omissions, negligence and breach of contract. That case was settled for $17,500.

Haynes employment history includes:

  • Centaurus Financial                              since 9/2010
  • National Securities Corp.                    1/2007-9/2010

If you have losses in an account handled or supervised by Jan E. Haynes you may be able 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

John J. Santariello-Arive Capital Markets Broker-Discloses Customer Complaint Alleging Speculative Trading

August 2016- Coram, NY

The FINRA records of John J. Santariello ,  a  stock broker who is currently  employed by Arive Capital Markets  disclose  a currently pending customer dispute and a prior 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.

In currently pending FINRA Case#14-02955 , a customer of his prior employer, K.C. Ward Financial, alleges damages of $100,000 for account losses from 2012 through May 2014 due to unsuitable and excessive trading of high-risk, speculative stocks.

Santariello has been employed by  Arive Capital Markets since 7/2016. His prior employment includes:

  • Cape Securities                                                 8/2015-6/2016
  • Joseph Gunnar                                                   7/2015-7/2015
  • Wilmington Capital Securities                 3/2014-5/2015
  • National Securities Corp                            8/2013-2/2014
  • K.C. Ward Financial                                      2/2010-5/2013

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