Category Archives: Sun Trust Investment Services

Jeffrey Eglow-Former Wells Fargo Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes-Delray Beach, FL

January 2018-Delray Beach, Florida

Jeffrey L. Eglow, a stockbroker currently employed by Newbridge Securities discloses 4 prior customer disputes on his publicly available FINRA record.

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 June 2017 a customer of his former employer SunTrust Investment Services settled a claim for trades that were allegedly overcharged for $48,758.

In FINRA case 16-1962 a customer of SunTrust Investment Services and Wells Fargo Advisors alleged that unsuitable investments were made in his accounts and was paid $25,000 to resolve the claim.

Eglow was with Wells Fargo from 1/2012-3/2015 and then with SunTrust Investment Services from 3/2015-9/2017 and then joined Newbridge Securities.

If you have losses in an account handled by Jeffrey L. Eglow, 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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Florida-561 391 1900 

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Suntrust Investment Services Broker Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud, Sentenced to 41 Months

Staunton, Virginia

Kirsten Flynn Hawkins, 45, pled guilty to wire fraud in January 2015, and in May 2015, was sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $472,000 .

Hawkins was charged with stealing nearly half a million dollars from a long time customer of Sun Trust Investment Services who had allowed Hawkins to take control of several bank and investment accounts.

FINRA records indicate that Hawkins was registered with Suntrust Investment Services from 1/2003-12/2014.

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

Kirsten Hawkins of Staunton, VA, Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

January 16, 2015-Lynchberg, Virginia

The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia announced that Kirsten Flynn Hawkins, 45, of Staunton, VA, pled guilty to three counts of wire fraud in connection with wrongfully taking money from a customer while working as a financial advisor at “Bank One”.

According to FINRA records Hawkins was most recently registered with Suntrust Investment Services  from    1/2003-12/2014.

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

Former Suntrust Investment Services Broker Kenneth Mauchin Barred by FINRA-Misappropraition of 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.

July 2013
Kenneth Andrew Mauchin (CRD #2366345, Registered Principal, Sanford, Florida) was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. FINRA’s Enforcement Department did not seek restitution because the member firm reimbursed the customers. The sanction was based on findings that Mauchin withdrew $23,750 from customer accounts and used the funds to purchase cashier’s checks that he deposited into an account that he controlled. Mauchin falsely listed his work address as the mailing address for customer accounts, which prevented the customers from detecting Mauchin’s misappropriation of funds. The findings stated that as a result, Mauchin caused his firm to have false books and records. The findings also stated that Mauchin failed to appear for FINRA on the record testimony.

(FINRA Case #2011028452701)

According to FINRA records, Mauchin is not currently registered. He was previously registered with the following firms:

SunTrust Investment Services
6/2007-7/2011

Fifth Third Securities
2/2006-6/2007

Colonial Brokerage
10/2004-2/2006

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

561 391 1900

FINRA Sues Christopher S. Vaughn-Theft From Elderly Client

Leesburg, Florida–The Villages FLA

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.

AUGUST 2013
Christopher Shawn Vaughn (CRD #4956822, Registered Representative, Leesburg, Florida) was named a respondent in a FINRA complaint alleging that he engaged in a scheme
to convert securities an elderly customer owned. Without the customer’s knowledge or consent, Vaughn made his wife the primary beneficiary of the customer’s brokerage account. When the account was opened, Vaughn did not inform his immediate supervisor, or any other supervisor at his member firm, that his wife was the beneficiary. As part of his efforts to hide his misconduct, Vaughn provided a false mailing address for the customer on her application, which was for a post office box belonging to his wife’s grandfather, preventing the firm from delivering monthly account statements and trading confirmations to the customer at her actual residential address. By doing so, Vaughn caused his firm’s books and records to be inaccurate. The complaint alleges that after opening her account, Vaughn recommended and sold the customer a fixed annuity contract for $10,000.

The customer informed Vaughn that she wanted her neighbor to be named as the annuity’s beneficiary. In direct contravention of the customer’s instructions, Vaughn falsely recorded in the firm’s electronic system that his wife was the annuity’s primary and sole beneficiary.

The complaint also alleges that in connection with the annuity, Vaughn provided the same incorrect mailing address for the customer in the firm’s system, thereby preventing the firm or the company that issued the annuity from delivering information concerning the customer’s annuity to her actual residential address. After receiving an email communication from the company that issued the annuity inquiring about the accuracy of the customer’s mailing address, Vaughn falsely represented to the company that the customer’s address was correct, and that the customer had informed him that she had experienced delivery issues with the post office.

In addition, the complaint alleges that the customer received a packet of documents concerning her annuity, from which she learned for the first time that Vaughn’s wife was named as the beneficiary of the annuity. The customer did not know who Vaughn’s wife was. After being contacted by the customer’s neighbor questioning the inaccurate address and why his wife was named as the beneficiary, and indicating that the customer wanted her $10,000 investment returned, Vaughn told the customer and her neighbor that he had mistakenly identified his wife as the beneficiary of the annuity because a member of his wife’s family purchased a $10,000 annuity at the same time and named his wife as the beneficiary. At her request, the customer’s annuity contract was cancelled and the $10,000 was refunded to her.

Moreover, the complaint alleges that after the customer’s neighbor informed Vaughn of the customer’s death, he informed the neighbor that the customer contacted him to remove the neighbor as the beneficiary. Vaughn promised to provide the neighbor with documentation to that effect, but he never did. Following the customer’s death, Vaughn opened a brokerage account in his wife’s name for the express purpose of receiving the assets from the customer’s account. Vaughn’s wife then presented to his firm a death certificate that Vaughn obtained from the neighbor, and successfully caused the assets held in the customer’s account to be transferred to his wife’s brokerage account.

The customer’s account held mutual funds worth a combined $22,417.58. Furthermore, the complaint alleges that after learning that the customer’s assets had been transferred to Vaughn’s wife’s account, the neighbor and the customer’s attorney asked the firm to conduct an investigation into Vaughn’s conduct with respect to the customer’s account.

The firm did not find any documentation evidencing the customer requested Vaughn’s wife to be named as a beneficiary on either the account or annuity. The firm terminated Vaughn’s employment in connection with this matter. Vaughn and his wife executed a Mutual Release and Settlement Agreement with the firm, agreeing to transfer the assets held in the wife’s account back to the customer’s account or an account maintained in the name of the customer’s estate. Vaughn’s conduct resulted in the conversion of $22,417.58 in assets from the customer. (FINRA Case #2011028581201).

According to FINRA BrokerCheck Records Vaughn is not currently registered. He was previously registered at the following brokerage firms:

SunTrust Investment Services, Inc
Deltona, FL
8/2009-7/2011

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
The Villages, FL
1/2008-8/2009

A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.
The Villages, FL
6/2007-1/2008

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

561 391 1900

Former Suntrust Investment Services Broker Kenneth Andrew Mauchin Barred by FINRA

Sanford, Florida

In FINRA Case #2011028452701 ,  Kenneth Andrew Mauchin, a former Suntrust Investment Services Broker from Sanford, Florida, was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. The sanction was based upon findings that Mauchin withdrew $23,750 from customer accounts and used the funds to purchase cashier’s checks that he deposited into an account that he controlled. The findings also state that Mauchin failed to appear for FINRA on the record testimony.

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

561 391 1900

 

FINRA Announces January 2013 Disciplinary Actions

FINRA Announces January 2013 Disciplinary Actions

By Robert H. Rex, Esq.

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 January 2013. Follow this link to the FINRA website for all of the January 2013 disciplinary actions as well as prior periods. 

B & T Securities, Inc. – Boca Raton, FL and Brent Daryl Obergfell  Registered Principal, Boca Raton, FL submitted
a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which the firm was censured, fined $20,000, of which $10,000 was jointly and severally with Obergfell, and required to discontinue any use of “B&T Asset Management,” and submit for review to FINRA’s Department of Advertising Regulation any websites made available to the public or any customer. Obergfell was suspended from association with any FINRA® member in any principal capacity for five business
days.

T
he firm and Obergfell consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that the firm posted a website that made numerous misleading and unsubstantiated claims
or characterizations, and did not comply with Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) rules. The findings stated that when trading losses started to mount and the trading strategy the firm employed started changing in
response to changed markets, other statements posted to the website became misleading. The firm’s website failed to provide a basis for the trading model and “Investment Style and Practice” descriptions. The logo on the website’s
first page and elsewhere on the website characterized the firm as an asset management firm and claimed it had a unique market focus without providing a basis for those characterizations. The findings also stated that the firm’s
written supervisory procedures (WSPs) addressing communications with the public did not address continued (or periodic) review of advertising (whether through websites or otherwise) to ensure the material remained accurate. The
WSPs did not assign anyone responsible for writing, approving or updating the WSPs applicable to advertising (including websites), and failed to designate
anyone with responsibility for supervising the chief compliance officer (CCO).
The suspension was in effect from January 7, 2013, through January 11, 2013.

EFG Capital International – Miami, Florida was censured and fined $40,000. The firm consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that it failed to report to TRACE S1 transactions in TRACE-eligible securities within 15 minutes of the execution time. The findings stated that the firm failed to report to TRACE P1 transactions in TRACE-eligible securities within T+1 of the execution time.
The findings also stated that the firm failed to report the correct market identifier to TRACE for some S1 and P1 transactions, and over-reported some S1 transactions in TRACEeligible securities. The findings also included that the firm failed to report to TRACE the correct contra-party’s identifier for transactions in TRACE-eligible securities.

Tradewire Securities LLC -Miami, Florida the firm was censured, fined $27,500 and required to revise its WSPs regarding TRACE reporting. The firm consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that it failed, within 90 seconds after execution, to transmit to the FNTRF last sale reports of transactions in designated securities and incorrectly designated as “.SLD” to the FNTRF last sale reports of transactions in designated securities within 90 seconds of execution. The findings stated that the firm double-reported to TRACE transactions in TRACE-eligible securities and reported transactions in TRACE-eligible securities it was not required to report. The findings also stated that the firm failed to report to TRACE S1 transactions in TRACE-eligible securities within 15 minutes of the execution time, and failed to report to TRACE the correct
capacity in TRACE-eligible corporate securities transactions. The findings also included that the firm’s supervisory system did not provide for supervision reasonably designed to
achieve compliance with applicable securities laws, regulations and FINRA rules concerning TRACE reporting.

(John Boyd Dexter –North Miami, Florida) was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Dexter
consented to the described sanction and to the entry of findings that he failed to appear for testimony as FINRA requested in connection with an investigation that FINRA had initiated concerning alleged suspicious activity at a member firm’s branch, where Dexter was employed as branch office manager. The findings stated that in a telephone conversation with FINRA, Dexter stated that he would not provide testimony or cooperate with the investigation because he was no longer employed in the securities industry.

According to FINRA records, Boyd last worked for Murphy & Durieu brokerage firm.

Alison Marie Janke – Port Richey, Florida was fined $11,600, which includes the disgorgement of financial benefit received of $6,600, and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for three months. Janke consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that she participated in a private securities transaction without providing prior written notice to her member firm. Janke referred a customer who was seeking alternative investments to a registered representative at a different firm, where the customer invested $200,000 in a real estate investment trust (REIT) through the other
registered representative. Janke not only referred the customer to another representative, but also attended the meeting with the customer and the other representative, and
assisted with the completion of the purchase transaction. The findings stated that a limited liability company Janke owned received a $6,600 payment in connection with the sale of
the REIT.

According to FINRA records Janke works for Summit Brokerage Services. Prior to that she was employed by Wells Fargo Advisors.

The suspension is in effect from December 3, 2012, through March 2, 2013.

William Earl Manley -Sarasota, Florida was barred from
association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Manley consented to the described sanction and to the entry of findings that he failed to respond to a F
INRA request for information regarding his arrest, felony charge and termination from his member firm. The findings stated that Manley advised FINRA he would not respond to a request for information.

According to FINRA records, Manley is not currently registered and he last worked for PRUCO Securities in Sarasota, FL.

James DeFranco Marshall Longwood, Florida  was fined $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 30 days.  Marshall consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that he became involved with an entity engaged in non-securities, non-investment related business. Marshall was identified in public documents as one of the entity’s three managers/members. Marshall also created and maintained the company’s website.

Marshall received $4,835.47 in compensation for his outside business activity. The findings stated that Marshall failed to provide his member firm with prior written notice of this
outside business activity.

The suspension was in effect from December 3, 2012, through January 1, 2013.

Charles Tuttle Mason aka Chip Mason St. Pete
Beach, Florida and Darren Duane Gibson Oceanside, California were each fined $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for
three months. Mason and Gibson consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that while employed as wholesalers at their member firm, they were responsible for promoting a non-registered entity’s offerings to retail broker-dealers, through sales presentations and providing marketing materials to registered representatives. The findings stated that Gibson, through his wholesaling efforts related to the entity’s offerings, secured selling agreements from retail broker-dealers, who in turn raised more than $300 million from investors and earned $2,930,000. The findings also stated that Mason, through his wholesaling efforts related to the entity’s offerings, secured selling agreements from broker-dealers, who in turn raised more than $132 million
from investors and earned approximately $1,500,000. The findings also included that Mason and Gibson assisted the retail broker-dealers with product training by providing
sales and marketing materials designed to encourage individual investors to purchase the offerings. Mason and Gibson read most of the third-party due diligence reports regarding the offerings. Several of the reports raised concerns about the accounting of inter-offering transactions and the ability of the offerings to generate sufficient revenue from oil and gas investments. Mason and Gibson, though aware of the concerns raised in the due diligence reports, continued to market the offerings without having adequately investigated the subject concerns and determining for themselves whether the offerings were appropriate to be recommended to investors.

Mason’s suspension is in effect from November 19, 2012, through February 18, 2013. Gibson’s suspension is in effect from November 19, 2012, through February 18, 2013.

According to FINRA records Mason is not currently registered and last worked Newport Coast Securities.

Steven Jay Oshinsky – Boca Raton, Florida was suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for one year. Without admitting or denying the allegations,
Oshinsky consented to the described sanction and to the entry of findings that he failed to timely respond to FINRA requests for documents and information to investigate his
potential failure to disclose tax liens and outside business activities on his Form U4. The findings stated that Oshinsky’s failure to timely respond impeded FINRA’s investigation.
The suspension is in effect from December 17, 2012, through December 16, 2013. According to FINRA records he is not registered and last worked for Catalyst Financial.

Clayton George Roach Jacksonville, Florida was fined $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for six months.

Roach consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that he participated in the sale of private placements by promoting an offshore investment club,
referring investors, acting as an officer and registered agent for the offshore investment clubs’ Florida-based affiliate, facilitating other people’s investment in the offshore
investment club and receiving no less than $64,000 in compensation from the offshore investment club. Roach did not receive any direct compensation based on the referrals, but he received a monthly stipend for other activities on the offshore investment club’s behalf.

The findings stated that Roach participated in private placement securities transactions without providing the requisite notice to his firm. The suspension is in effect from December 3, 2012, through June 2, 2013.

According to FINRA records he last worked for Equity Sevices Inc. and is not currently registered.

Michael Lee Trier (CRD #1628954, Registered Representative, Oviedo, Florida was fined $2,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 30 business days.   Trier engaged in private securities transactions without providing his member firm with the required written notice describing the proposed sales.
The suspension was in effect from November 19, 2012, through January 3, 2013.

Ronald E. Walblay
Delray Beach, Florida was barred
from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. The sanction was based on findings that Walblay failed to appear in response to FINRA requests for on-the-record
testimony.
The decision has been appealed to the NAC and the sanction is not in effect pending review.
According to FINRA records Walblay last worked for Energy Securities and is not currently registered.

Kenneth Andrew Mauchin
-Sanford, Florida was
named a respondent in a FINRA complaint alleging that he misappropriated $23,750 from
elderly customers’ accounts by converting their funds to cashier’s checks and depositing
those checks into a bank account of an entity he controlled. The complaint alleges that Mauchin did so without the customers’ knowledge or authorization. The complaint also
alleges that Mauchin prepared a customer’s application for a variable annuity and falsely listed his bank branch office address as the customer’s mailing addres
s, which he knew to
be false. In addition, a customer applied for a premiere select IRA brokerage account with Mauchin’s firm and, without the customer’s knowledge or authorization, he falsely listed
his bank branch office address as the customer’s mailing address, which he knew to be false. These applications became part of the firm’s books and records, causing his firm’s books and records to be false. The complaint further alleges that Mauchin failed to appear for FINRA on-the-record testimony.
According to FINRA records he last worked for SunTrust Investment Services.

If you have suffered losses in your brokerage account due to negligent advice or fraud, you may be able to recover all or a part of those losses through FINRA arbitration. Most of our cases are done on a contingent fee basis, meaning you only pay fees if you recover.

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