Category Archives: Northwestern Mutual Investment Services

NW Mutual Broker John Hanson Sanctioned by FINRA

John C. Hanson  entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent  (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that he refused to respond to FINRA requests for information, documents and testimony in connection with an investigation involving allegations that Hanson misappropriated $300,000 of customers’ funds .

In September 2014 FINRA initiated an investigation into allegations that Hanson had wrongfully taken customer funds. In October 2014, through his counsel, Hanson stated that he would not produce any documents or information or appear for testimony.

Hanson was barred from the industry.

FINRA Case # 2014042675001

According to FINRA records, Hanson was registered with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services from 9/2004-9/2014.

If you suffered losses in  an account handled by John C. Hanson you may be able to recover damages from his employer. Contact us for more information.

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 

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Independent Broker Dealer Rankings Announced by Investment News

The Investment News recently announced the rankings of independent broker-dealers for 2013

BrokerDealer                   Gross Revenue

 1            LPL Financial LLC           $4B (billion)

2            Ameriprise Financial
Services Inc.                                     $3.2 B

3            Raymond James Financial
Services Inc.                                   $1.4 B

4            Commonwealth Financial
Network                                         $822 M (million)

5            Lincoln Financial Network       $794M

6            Wells Fargo Advisors
Financial Network                $707 M

7            Axa Advisors            $677M

8            Northwestern Mutual        $654M

9            Cambridge Investment
Research Inc.                      $574 M

10          Securities America Inc.      $475M

11          Royal Alliance Associates
Inc.                              $444 M

12          Cetera Advisor Networks    $435M

13          Waddell & Reed
Financial Advisors                       $426 M

14          ING Financial Partners
Inc.                                  $396 M

15          National Planning Corp.      $383M

16          NFP Advisor Services
Group                                $381 M

17          MML Investors Services
LLC                              $361 M

18          Securian Financial
Services Inc.                            $355 M

19          FSC Securities Corp.        $280M

20          Princor Financial
Services Corp.                           $279 M

21          SagePoint Financial Inc.  $279M

22          INVEST Financial Corp.      $278M

23          HD Vest Investment
Services                               $273 M

24          First Allied Securities
Inc.                                   $272 M

25          Signator Investors Inc.   $269M

Rex Securities Law , located in Boca Raton, FL, 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.

Rex Securities Law

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Former Wells Fargo Advisors Broker Melanie Fordham Barred by FINRA For Theft

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. FINRA’s chief role is to protect investors by maintaining the fairness of the U.S. capital markets.

All stockbrokers and broker dealers (brokerage firms) are required to be licensed by and subject to the rules and regulations of FINRA. Each month FINRA publishes disciplinary actions against brokers and broker dealers. Discipline can range from monetary fines and suspensions, or in extreme cases, revocation of licensing and a bar from the securities industry.

See the FINRA website for current and historical disciplinary actions.

 
October 2013

 Melanie Moody Fordham (CRD #4469670, Registered Representative, Birmingham, Alabama) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which she was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Without admitting or denying the findings, Fordham consented to the described sanction and to the entry of findings that on several occasions, Fordham converted funds from the account of a deceased banking customer, totaling approximately $49,821. The finding stated that Fordham withdrew cash from the customer’s account and purchased cashier’s checks, which she then deposited into her personal bank account or made payable to other individuals or entities for her personal benefit. Fordham attempted to misappropriate $5,000 from another banking customer but was prevented from depositing the cashier’s checks into her personal account by one of the bank tellers. The findings also stated that Fordham was arrested and charged with this misconduct and she pled guilty to the Class B felony of theft of property in the 1st degree. ( FINRA Case #2013036366701)

According to FINRA records Fordham was registered with the following firms:

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

09/2008-03/2013

Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC

02/2002-08/2002

If you have questions about investment losses or the way your brokerage account has been handled, please contact us to discuss your legal rights.
Rex Securities Law , located in Boca Raton, FL, 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.

Rex Securities Law

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Clinton Fraley Barred by FINRA for Failing to Cooperate With Investigation Into Misappropriated Customer Funds

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. FINRA’s chief role is to protect investors by maintaining the fairness of the U.S. capital markets.

All stockbrokers and broker dealers (brokerage firms) are required to be licensed by and subject to the rules and regulations of FINRA. Each month FINRA publishes disciplinary actions against brokers and broker dealers. Discipline can range from monetary fines and suspensions, or in extreme cases, revocation of licensing and a bar from the securities industry.

See the FINRA website for current and historical disciplinary actions.

September 2013

Clinton D. Fraley (CRD #5281935, RegisteredRepresentative, Greenwood Village, Colorado) was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. The sanction wasbased on findings that Fraley failed to respond to FINRA requests for documents andinformation in connection with its investigation into whether he misappropriated moneyfrom customers.

(FINRA Case #2012033644301)

According to FINRA recoreds, Fraley was registered with MML Investor Services from 05/2011-10/2011 and with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services from 03/2007- 05/2011.

Rex Securities Law , located in Boca Raton, FL, 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.

Rex Securities Law

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FINRA Announces November 2012 Disciplinary Actions

 

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issues a report on disciplinary and other actions involving registered brokers, investment advisers and brokerage firms every month.

Here are significant Florida related actions for November 2012. Follow this link to the FINRA website for the entire report for actions nationwide for the month of November 2012 as well as to access  earlier time periods.

Raymond James & Associates (St. Petersburg, Florida)-censured and fined $250,000 for failure to safeguard against the unauthorized disclosure or personally identifiable information about firm customers after a customer complained that her firm account number and other personal information was available on the internet.

Charles Eugene Bishop, Jr.-Pompano Beach, Florida- was fined $7,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for two years. Bishop consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of
findings that he attempted to misappropriate approximately $3 million from an elderly customer of his member firm. Bishop created paperwork by which the deceased customer’s assets would be transferred to a purported entity that was never formed, but whose name was virtually identical to a company the customer owned, with a tax identification number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to another entity that was never formed, but whose sole member, according to IRS records, was Bishop.

After the customer passed away, Bishop, through his attorney, filed a notice with a Probate Division with his state’s Circuit Court representing that he had an interest in the customer’s estate as a claimant and beneficiary of the deceased customer’s estate.

The suspension will be in effect from December 3, 2012, through December 2, 2014. According to FINRA records, Bishop is not currently registered. His last industry position was with Merrill Lynch. Prior to that he worked for Morgan Stanley.

Robert Joseph Eanell-St. Petersburg, Florida-was fined $7,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 30 business days. Eanell consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that he misrepresented his educational background to prospective securities customers, including on his business cards. The findings stated that on annual forms, Eanell’s member firm asked him to identify all of the degrees, titles and designations that he used on letterhead, business cards or in communications with clients. Nevertheless, Eanell failed to disclose the fact that he held himself out as the holder of a doctoral degree.

The suspension was in effect from October 1, 2012, through November 9, 2012. According to FINRA records Eanell is no longer registered. He last worked for Sterling Enterprises Group. Prior to that he was with GunnAllen and AXA Advisors.

Evan Coley Eggers-Jacksonville, Florida-was fined $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for six months. Eggers consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that he made premium payments for his customers’ life insurance policies, using his personal funds to make the payments. The findings stated that each payment was submitted to his member firm via a money order, a practice forbidden by company policy. On each money order, Eggers falsified the customer’s signature. On a couple of occasions, Eggers falsified the customer’s signature to reduce the value of a life insurance policy. The findings also stated that all insurance policies at issue were less than one year old. By continuing payment of the premiums, all policies remained active through a period of 13 months, thus qualifying Eggers for potential remuneration.

The suspension is in effect from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2013.

FINRA records indicate that Eggers is no longer registered. He last worked for Northwestern Mutual Investment Services.

Ellen Joyce Erenstein – Boynton Beach, Florida- was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity.  Erenstein consented to the described sanction and to the entry of findings that she failed to respond to FINRA requests to provide testimony concerning customer complaints prior securities customers and their heirs had filed against her.

FINRA records indicate that Erenstein is no longer registered having last worked for Workman Securities.

Brennan R. Lollar -St. Petersburg, Florida-was
barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. The sanction was based on findings that Lollar misappropriated funds from a bank where he worked as a branch manager. The findings stated that without the bank’s permission or authority, Lollar transferred funds into customers’ accounts and labeled the transfers as refunds of bank fees. No bank fees had ever been assessed to the customers, and Lollar knew the customers were not entitled to any refunds. Through a series of several small transactions, Lollar misappropriated a total of $3,242.90 into customers’ accounts. The findings also stated that Lollar admitted to the bank that he issued the false refunds and claimed that he did
so to assist, or to curry favor with, certain customers. The bank obtained reimbursement through the liquidation of Lollar’s retirement fund. The findings also included that other
than Lollar providing FINRA with a photocopy of a written statement previously provided to the bank admitting to certain aspects of his misconduct, he did not respond to FINRA requests for information and failed to appear for a FINRA on-the-record interview.

Brennan last worked for SunTrust Investment Services and is no longer registered per FINRA records.

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