Category Archives: WFG Investments

Cathy And Tim Couch-Husband and Wife Brokers With WFG-Disclose Customer Dispute-Dawsonville, GA

June 2017- Dawsonville, GA

According to publicly available records Cathy Hall Couch  (CRD#5276791) , a  stockbroker who currently is employed by WFG Investments, Inc.  disclose 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 FINRA case #17-00986, a  WFG Investments, Inc.  customer alleges unsuitable recommendations, material misrepresentations, high frequency trading and undue securities concentration or the period 2009-2016 and seeks damages of $1,500,000.

Cathy Couch has been with  WFG Investments since August of 2000.  Her other business activities include working with her husband,  Tim Couch, PC, CPA as an accountant.

According to publicly available records , her husband Harry Tim Couch (CRD#4073942), a stockbroker who is also employed by WFG Investments, Inc.  disclose a regulatory event, a pending customer dispute and a termination.

In a final regulatory action initiated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in 2007, Tim Couch was sanctioned against practice before the SEC as an accountant for a period of four years after allegations that Couch “issued unqualified audit opinion letters for financial statements that were materially misstated.” 

Tim Couch is also named  in FINRA case #17-00986, as described above, with alleged damages of $1,500,000.

In 2008 TIm Couch was discharged from Triad Advisors, Inc.  who made the following allegation on his FINRA record:  “The Triad Compliance Department has concluded its review of the facts and circumstances surrounding a possible misappropriation of client funds by a third party, and the subsequent attempt to cover up by the representative. Triad has determined the representative violated Triad’s internal policies and procedures ” 

If you have questions about an account handled by Cathy Hall Couch  or Harry Tim Couch contact us to discuss your 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 

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James K. Pheney-WFG Investments, Inc. Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Dispute-Castle Rock, CO.

July  2017- Castle Rock, CO

According to publicly available records James K. Pheney  (CRD#1272932) ,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by WFG (Williams Financial Group) Investments, Inc.  disclose 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 December of 2016, a WFG Investments, Inc.  customer filed a complaint seeking damages of $240,000 alleging misrepresentation in connection with the purchase of a municipal bond. That matter is currently pending.

Pheney has been with  WFG Investments since January of 2005.

If you have questions about an account handled by James Kevin Pheney, contact us to discuss your 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

James Neal Turner-Former WFG Investments Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute-Plano, TX

June 2017- Plano, Texas

According to publicly available records James N. Turner (CRD#2068968) ,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by First Command Financial Planning  discloses a pending customer dispute, 2 prior customer disputes and a currently outstanding judgment/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 FINRA arbitration 16-03688, a customer of WFG Investments and Jefferies LLC seeks damages of $75,000 and alleges misrepresentation within offering documents, failure to conduct due diligence and failure to execute due care in the sale of unsuitable investments.

Turner discloses a tax lien in favor of the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $58,525, filed at Collin County, TX  Federal Court.

Turner’s prior employment includes Merrill Lynch, IMS Securities and WFG Investments.

If you have questions about an account handled by James Neal Turner , contact us to discuss your 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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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Gary C. Haack-Former FSC Securities Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Dispute-San Antonio, TX

June 2017- San Antonio, Texas

According to publicly available records Gary C. Haack  (CRD#2796834) ,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by Corecap Investments  discloses  2 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 15-0836, a customer of WFG Investments sought damages of $115,000 and alleged unsuitable investments in speculative products in connection with an investment in a private placement offering of medical and research firms. The case was settled for $70,000 in 6/2016.

Gary C. Haack  has been employed by Corecap Investments since 6/2016. His prior employment includes FSC Securities, WFG Investments and NEXT Financial Group.

If you have questions about an account handled by Gary C. Haack  contact us to discuss your 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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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

WFG Investments Ignored Red Flags in San Antonio, TX , Branch

May 2017- San Antonio, TX

According to publicly available records Dallas, TX-based WFG Investments Inc. discloses 23 final regulatory events

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.

Most recently, in May 2017 FINRA  censured and fined WFG Investments $150,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to supervise appropriately the sales practices of one of its brokers in its San Antonio, Texas branch who engaged in unsuitable trading in the accounts of his customers, primarily by inappropriately concentrating the accounts in low priced securities.

According to the settlement agreement with FINRA the vast majority of the broker’s customers held substantial positions in four or five low-priced securities. Most of these customers had at least 80% of their accounts concentrated in low-priced securities and/or illiquid and highly speculative private placement and REIT investments. According to FINRA, these excessive concentrations existed irrespective of the customer’s financial situation, risk tolerance and/or investment objectives.

FINRA found that senior personnel at WFG were aware of red flags that the broker (who is only identified by the initials “MB” ) was engaged in unsuitable trading in low priced securities but failed to take steps to prevent it. FINRA AWC No. 2015045755003.

WFG Investments has been a FINRA member since 1988 and has over 200 registered representatives in 188 branch offices nationwide.

If you have questions about the way your account was handled at WFG Investments  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

Kyle J. Gardner-Former MML Investor Services Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute Over REITs-Plano, TX

May 2017- Plano, Texas

The FINRA records  of Kyle J. Gardner,  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by  SCF Securities   disclose a pending  customer dispute for losses on investments in real estate investment trusts (REITs).

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 the currently pending customer dispute (internal case #201626218) a customer Gardner’s prior employer , MML Investor Services LLC, alleges damages in an unstated amount related to the purchase of two REITs in 2010. The customer alleges that he was not advised that the investment is illiquid and is not redeemable and that in 2015 Gardner advised him to close an individual account holding mutual funds to offset current losses and reinvested the funds in the same position.

Gardner has been employed by SCF Securities since 7/2014. His prior employment includes WFG Investments in Plano and MML Investors Services in Dallas.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Kyle J. Gardner 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

Stuart G. Dickinson-Former WFG Investments Broker-Barred by Securities Regulagtor-Highland Park, TX

November 2016-Highland Park, Texas

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.

According to publicly available records Stuart G. Dickinson, (CRD# 1047824) ,  a  former stockbroker who is was last employed in the securities industry by WFG Investments disclose that FINRA has permanently barred him from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public. FINRA alleged that Dickinson failed to conduct reasonable due diligence on private placement investments involving automated teller machines ( ATM Alliance, LP ) which were fraudulent.

FINRA ordered Dickinson to pay restitution in the amount of $924,000.

In 12/2012 a customer of WFG Investments was paid $35,000 to resolve allegations that certain investments sold to him by Dickinson were not suitable.

In FINRA arbitration 12-1202 filed by a customer of WFG Investments, a customer was paid a settlement of $130,000 to resolve allegations of fraud, suitability, misrepresentation and lack of supervision with respect to the purchase of a private placement and unsuitable exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Dickinson  was employed by WFG Investments from 10/2005-9/2013.  He was discharged by WFG Investments 9/2013 after the company received an inquiry relating to a private securities transaction. He is not currently registered as a broker.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Stuart Graham Dickinson , 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