Category Archives: NFP Securities

George M. Warner-Former IFS Securities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Suspension-Rockwall, TX

October 2017-Rockwall, TX

The FINRA records of  George M. Warner ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Chelsea Financial Services disclose a prior regulatory event, a prior customer dispute and 2 terminations 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 4/2017 Warner was fined $5,000 and suspended for 30 days by FINRA to resolve allegations that while employed by Kestra Financial Services, he altered various customer documents on at least five occasions after the documents had already been signed by the customers. The regulatory findings state that Warner corrected or included the customer’s anticipated liquidity needs, net worth, liquid net worth, and or annual income on new account forms, alternative investment forms, and an IRA application. The findings state that by changing new account documentation of the customer’s, Warner caused his member firm to preserve and maintain altered books and records. FINRA Case 2014043727001. 

In 2/2010 , while employed by LPL Financial , a customer alleged that Warner made an error in connection with the purchase of Citi Corp bonds causing losses of $329,426. That matter was settled for $225,000.

In 11/2014 Warner was ‘permitted to resign’ from NFP Advisor Services who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Rep corrected client documents after client signature. “

In 6/2013 Warner was discharged from LPL Financial,  who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Employment terminated by related bank program for obtaining client signatures on blank account transfer forms. “

George Warner’s employment history includes:

  • Dominion Investor Ser.-Rockwall, TX                       6/2017-7/2017
  • Dominion Investor Ser.-Horseshoe Bay, TX          3/2017-4/2017
  • IFS Securities-Rockwall, TX                                        12/2014-3/2017
  • NFP Advisor Services-Rockwall, TX                     7/2013-12/2014                    LPL Financial-Rockwall, TX                          4/2003-6/2013

Warner discloses a business affiliation with Summit Rockwall Wealth Managers LLC, in Rockwall, Texas.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by George M. Warner , you may be able 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

George Warner-Summit Rockwall Wealth Managers-Discloses Regulatory Sanction/Discharge From Employment-Rockwall, TX

April 2017-Rockwall, TX

The FINRA records of  George M. Warner ,  a  stockbroker who is not currently registered with any broker dealer disclose a regulatory event, a prior customer dispute and 2 terminations 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 4/2017 Warner was fined $5,000 and suspended for 30 days by FINRA to resolve allegations that he altered various customer documents on at least five occasions after the documents had already been signed by the customers. The findings stated that Warner corrected or included the customer’s anticipated liquidity needs, net worth, liquid net worth, and or annual income on new account forms, alternative investment forms, and an IRA application. FINRA Case 2014043727001. 

In 2/2010 , while employed by LPL Financial , Warner settled a customer dispute for $225,000. The customer alleged that he made an error in connection with the purchase of CIT bonds versus Citi Corp. bonds.

In 11/2014 Warner was ‘permitted to resign’ from NFP Advisors who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Rep corrected client documents after client signature. ”

In 6/2013 Warner was discharged from LPL Financial who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Employment terminated by related bank program for obtaining client signatures on blank account transfer forms. ”

George Warner’s employment history includes:

  • Dominion Investor Services               3/2017-4/2017
  • IFS Securities                                               12/2014-3/2017
  • NFP Advisor Services                               7/2013-12/2014
  • LPL Financial                                                 4/2003-6/2013

Warner discloses a business affiliation with Summit Rockwall Wealth Managers LLC. 

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by George Warner , you may be able 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

Kestra Investment Services Discloses Regulatory Fines/ Arbitration Awards-Austin, Texas

April 2017-Austin, Texas

According to publicly available records Kestra Investment Services (formerly NFP ) , (CRD# 42046) ,  a  FINRA registered broker dealer headquartered in Austin, Texas,  discloses  10 prior final regulatory events and 4 prior customer arbitrations. Kestra has about 1,800 registered representatives in 639 branch offices.

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.

Recent regulatory issues include:

  • In November 2016 Kestra Investment Services was censured and fined $475,000 and without admitting or denying FINRA’s allegations agreed to entry of findings that between October 2013 and June 2014 they failed to reasonably supervise brokers who recommended the purchase of multi-share class variable annuities. During the relevant time period Kestra sold 1,873 individual variable annuity contracts of $25,000 or greater, totalling over $280 million in principal investments.
  • In July 2016 Kestra was fined $100,000 by Massachusetts securities regulators for failure to register investment advisors who had a place of business in Massachusetts.
  • In July 2016, Kestra was censured and fined $500,000 by FINRA to resolve allegations that from December 2008-January 2014 they violated FINRA and SEC rules relating to the supervision of brokers dually registered with registered investment advisers, the preservation of emails and advertising and to timely update Form U-4.

Prior arbitration awards against Kestra Investment Services include:

  • In June 2014, an arbitration panel awarded $1.2 million to a customer who alleged breach of fiduciary duty, account activity, breach of contract and negligence in connection with the investment in annuities, municipal bonds, mutual funds and real estate investment trusts (REITs). FINRA arbitration 13-0430.

If you have losses in an account with  Kestra Investment Services , 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

Stuart Horowitz-Former Securities America Broker-Discloses 37 Customer Disputes

July 2016-Coral Springs, Florida

The FINRA records of Stuart Horowitz  , a former stock broker employed by  Securities America  disclose a prior final regulatory event, 33 prior customer disputes, 4 currently pending customer disputes 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 2016, without admitting or denying the findings, Horowitz entered into an agreement with FINRA to resolve allegations that he recommended and engaged in unsuitable trading in preferred notes of an unregistered limited partnership investment fund. Horowitz was fined $100,000 and suspended for a year. He is not currently registered with any FINRA broker dealer.

Horowitz’s FINRA disclosure indicates that 31 customer cases have been settled, including:

  • A tenant in common (TIC) investment in 2005 while Horowitz was employed by NFP Advisors resulted in a settlement of $100,000.
  • FINRA Case 15-0367, involving another TIC investment while Horowitz was employed by NFP Advisor Services resulted in a settlement of $50,000.
  • In FINRA Case 13-02685 a customer of NFP Securities alleged damages of $590,000 on alternative investments. That case resulted in a settlement of $184,000.

Horowitz was employed by Securities America from 2/2009 until 1/2016 when he was ‘permitted to resign’. Securities America made the following statement in connection with his termination: “After consultation with FINRA, Stuart Horowitz in and agreement with FINRA proposed to resign prior to FINRA’s planned suspension and subsequent fine. Mr. Horowitz will be permitted to resign on January 25, 2016”.

Investors who suffered losses in an account handled by Stuart Horowitz 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

Securities America Broker Has Over 30 Customer Disputes On FINRA Record- Coral Springs, FL

February 23, 2016- Coral Springs, FL

Stuart Horowitz entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that  between February 2009 and July 2009, Horowitz recommended and engaged in unsuitable trading in Preferred Notes of CSMIF. an unregistered limited partnership investment. Specifically, his recommendations lacked a reasonable basis because he failed to adequately investigate red flags that it was not a viable investment.

AWC No.  2013036692001

Horowitz was suspended from association with any FINRA member for 1 year and was fined $100,000.

FINRA records indicate that Horowitz was registered with  Securities America from 2/2009-1/2016.  Prior to that he was registered with NFP Securities  from 7/2005-2/2009

Horowitz has been the subject of 32 customer disputes that have been resolved and 4 customer disputes are pending, according to FINRA records. In January 2016 he was permitted to resign from Securities America.

If you have losses in an account handled by Stuart Horowitz, contact us to find out how you may be able 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

Former NFP Securities Broker Sanctioned by Regulators-St. Petersburg, FL

January 21, 2016- St. Petersburg, FL

Michael William Hajek, III entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that while he was registered with Genworth Financial Securities , Cetera Financial Specialists  and NFP Securities,  he was involved in numerous outside business activities in violation of NASD and FINRA Rules.

In addition to the undisclosed outside business activities, FINRA also alleged that Hajek participated in at least 12 private securities transactions effected in customer’s self directed IRAs totaling more than $2.3 million.

AWC No.  2013037390801

Hajek was fined $35,000 and suspended for 18 months.

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

Austin Based NFP Advisor Services Fined $500K by Securities Regulators

July 16, 2015- Dallas Texas

NFP Advisor Services ( formerly NFP Securities, Inc.)   entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that from December 2006- January 2014 , the firm failed to commit the necessary time, attention and resources to several critical regulatory obligations related to the supervision of its brokers, including:

  • failed to supervise the private securities transactions of 79 representatives
  • failed to preserve securities related emails
  • failed to approve and preserve advertising materials contained on websites
  • failed to update FINRA forms

AWC NO. 2011025618702

NFP Advisor Services was censured and fined $500,000.  

NFP   has been a FINRA member since 1997, is headquartered in Austin, Texas , has nearly 2,000 registered representatives in 673 branch offices nationwide.

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