Category Archives: Securities Regulators

Joeann Walker-Former LPL Financial Broker-Sanctioned Over Annuity Sales-Brockton, MA

December 2017-Brockton, MA

According to FINRA  records Joeann M. Walker, (CRD# 2210194) ,  a   stockbroker who formerly worked for NEXT Financial Group and LPL FInancial  was barred from the securities industry for failing to cooperate with a regulatory investigation.

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 FINRA Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent #2016049354501 , FINRA requested financial records and other documents from Walker in connection with an inquiry into the unsuitable sales of variable annuities to one of Walker’s clients. While Walker did provide some documents to FINRA , and  acknowledged that her response was incomplete, she refused to cooperate fully, resulting in a bar from the securities industry.

In 11/2016 a customer of NEXT Financial Group and LPL Financial alleged unauthorized sales of stocks, unauthorized and unsuitable purchases of variable annuities and unauthorized mutual fund switches. That matter was settled for $175,000, with Walker contributing $50,000 toward the settlement.

 

 

Walker was employed by LPL Financial from 8/2006-4/2015 and by NEXT Financial Group from 4/2015-11/2017.

If you have questions about an account handled by Joeann M. Walker, 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

Richard Havard-Former Invest Financial Broker-Sanctioned by Texas Regulator-Prosper, Texas

December 2017- Prosper, Texas 

The FINRA records of Richard L. Havard ,  a  stockbroker who previously worked for Invest Financial Corp. , disclose 6 pending liens filed by the Internal Revenue Service in Collin County, Texas. The liens are for delinquent income taxes and date back to 2010.

In December 2017, the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) entered a Disciplinary Order reprimanding and fining Havard $7,500 for failing to update his FINRA record to disclose the IRS liens in a timely manner in violation of TSSB rules.

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.

Havard  was employed by Invest Financial Corp. from 11/2007-10/2017. He is currently  employed by Dominion Investor Services , a broker dealer headquartered in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.

If you have questions about an account handled by Richard Havard, 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

Texas Financial Planners Sanctioned by Certified Financial Planning Board-Dec. 2017 Update

UPDATED December 2017

According to their website, the “Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
Board is a non-profit organization acting in the public interest by fostering professional standards in personal financial planning through its setting and enforcement of the education, examination, experience, ethics and other requirements for CFP. “

The CFP Board can discipline those holding the CFP title in one of three ways:

  • Public Letter of Admonition
  • Temporary Suspension of CFP
    certification
  • Revocation of individual’s CFP
    certification

The list below, taken from the CFP board disciplinary page of their website in DECEMBER 2017, is a historical record of individuals from Texas who have been disciplined by CFP Board and does not imply that any listed discipline is currently in force. To verify an
individual’s current certification status visit the CFP website here.

Administrative Revocation
Marcus C. Rodriguez (Houston)

Revocations
Nicole Y. Allen (Dallas)
Charles I. Alvarez (Houston)
Jeffrey W. Baum (Lubbock)
Farrish E. Betton (Houston)
Texas Craig R. Brockman (Plano)
Robert Carpenter (Wylie)
Mark W. Chuckran (Spring)
Jerrell J. Cosby (Fort Worth)
David Disraeli (Cedar Park)
Kathryn B. Farland (Plano)
Gordon Fiddes (Arlington)
A. Ken Flake, Sr. (Houston)
John J. Forsberg (Dallas)
Larry B. Groover (Dallas)
Douglas J. Hellie (San Antonio)
A. James Lynn (Dallas)
William H. Matthews (Dallas)
Jay C. Miles (Brenham/Chappell Hill)
Julia Carolyn Norton (San Antonio)
Solomon O. Onita (Houston)
Hymie Orlin (Houston)
Paul O. Ptak (Carrollton)
Lawrence L. Richter (San Antonio)
Terrence P. Riely (San Antonio)
Ralph R. Rush (El Paso)
Richard J. Suydam (Austin)
Brian P. Troy (Keller)
Travis D. Wakeley (Hurst)

Suspensions
Noor Amirali (Houston)
Matthew J. Anderson (Austin)
Brian W. Armstrong (Cleburne)
Gilbert J. Baker (Houston)
C. W. Biggs (Denton)
Richard D. Blair (Bee Cave)
Russell K. Childs (Spring)
Thomas M. Couch Jr. (Houston)
Craig A. Curry (Houston)
Kenneth W. Dresel (Midland)
Daniel P. Hensley (San Antonio)
Kyle Holland (Austin)
Carl E. Jones (Euless)
M.F. “Mickey” Long (Plano)
Texas Lance R. McCollum (Itasca)
Marianne Springer Miller (San Antonio)
Jeremy B. Stauss (Fort Worth)
John Howard Towers (Plano)
Roger D. Stevenson (San Benito)

Interim Suspension
Brian P. Troy (Keller)

Letters of Admonition
Douglas Wayne Blankenship (Addison)
Donald H. Christie (Waco)
Gerald S. Cohn (San Antonio)
Kerwyn N. Escayg (Webster)
Alan Goldfarb (Dallas)
Patricia Bisch Green (Houston)
Travis Hughes (El Paso)
Greer A. Kendall (Dallas)
MF “Mickey” Long, II (Plano)
Sidney J. Lorio (Bedford)
Sharon R. Luker (Plano)
Linnie Logan Phebus (Austin)
Keith D. Powell (Austin)
Lee A. Przybyla (San Antonio)
David L. Rhodes (Bryan)
Brian W. Sak (Magnolia)
Sean C. Thomas (Grapevine)
George M. Warner (Rockwall)

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

Mickey Long-Former VSR Financial Broker-DIscloses Numerous Customer Complaints Over Alternative Investments-Plano, TX

November  2017-Plano, Texas

According to public records former VSR Financial Services broker M. F. (Mickey) Long discloses a prior final regulatory event, 10 prior customer disputes that are final and 4 pending customer disputes. In addition Long discloses a prior regulatory matter that is final.

Three of the prior customer disputes were brought by Long’s customers while he was employed by VSR Financial Services and allege damages related to investments in real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil and gas, equipment leasing and promissory notes (alternative investments). Settlements paid by VSR Financial in those three cases are $196,500, $82,500 and $235,000.

The three pending cases against Long are all brought by customers of VSR Financial and relate to alternative investments such as REITs, oil and gas and equipment leasing. Damages sought in the four pending cases range from  $94,438 to $838,389. Claims alleged are highly unsuitable investments that are illiquid and that were overly concentrated.

In October 2016, the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) entered a Disciplinary Order against M. F. (Mickey) Long II. 

The TSSB Order made certain findings with regard to Mr. Long’s business practices during the time he was employed by VSR Financial Services (6/2002-6/2016), including the following:

  • Long routinely recommended that VSR Financial clients invest in non-listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and interests in exploratory drilling programs sold through private offerings (Alternative Investments)
  • Long recommended that a client of VSR Financial who was over 70 years of age invest in Alternative Investments at risk tolerance levels that were excessive.
  • Long did not have a reasonable basis to believe that the recommendations he made to invest in the Alternative Investments were suitable for this elderly client.

Long and and his new employer Calton & Associates agreed that so long as Mr. Long is registered with Calton he will not sell or recommend the purchase of any Alternative Investments.  In addition, Long and Calton agreed that Calton will establish a heightened supervision plan for the supervision of Mr. Long’s practice for two years. Mr Long’s registration with TSSB was suspended for 45 days as a part of the Order.

See this for prior posts on Mickey Long. 

VSR Financial’s Prior Issues with Alternative Investments

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. VSR Financial announced that they were winding down their brokerage business and transferring many of their brokers and customer accounts  to an affiliated entity Summit Brokerage Services in the fall of 2016.

See this for prior posts on VSR Financial Services.

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.

Long was employed by VSR FInancial  Services from 6/2002-7/2016. He has been registered with Calton & Associates since 6/2016. Long discloses a business affiliation with Wealth Preservation Consultants and  First FInancial Services Group.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Mickey Long or  another VSR Financial Services broker, contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

The Law Offices of Robert H. Rex, P.C.  , 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

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Terry Lee Brodt Jr.-Garden State Securities Broker-Discloses Customer Complaints-Boise, Idaho

October 2017 – Boise, Idaho

According to publicly available records  Terry Lee Brodt, Jr. (CRD#2033812) , a stockbroker currently registered with Garden State Securities, Inc. , disclose a regulatory event , five prior customer disputes and 10 outstanding judgment/liens.

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 May of 2017 FINRA entered into an agreement with  Terry Lee Brodt, Jr.  resulting in a $10,000 fine and a two month suspension.   According to the agreement,  “Without admitting or denying the findings, Brodt consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he exercised discretion in accounts maintained by customers without written authorization from these customers and without having obtained approval from his member firm to treat these customer accounts as discretionary.   The findings stated that Brodt provided inaccurate responses about his use of discretion in connection with his firm’s annual compliance documents.”

Prior customer disputes include:

  • FINRA Case 16-1108- a dispute was filed by Garden State Securities, Inc.  customer alleging churning, excessive losses and commissions.   The case was settled for $120,000 with Brodt being personally responsible for $45,000.
  • FINRA Case 12-3841- a Garden State Securities customer filed a dispute alleging unauthorized trading and unsuitable investments.   The case settled for $24,900 with Brodt being personally responsible for the entire amount of the settlement.

Brodt has been  employed with Garden State Securities, Inc. since August of 2010. Brodt discloses a business affiliation with Brodt Capital Management in Boise.

Brodt discloses the filing of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Boise, Idaho in 2012 that was dismissed and filing of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 7/2016 that is currently pending.

If you have questions about losses in an account handled by Terry Lee Brodt, Jr., 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.

Nationwide.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Tye Williams-Former NEXT Financial Broker-Subject of $1M Customer Dispute-Frisco, TX

UPDATE OCTOBER 2017– Frisco, TX

Former NEXT Financial Group stockbroker, Tye Williams was barred from the securities industry by FINRA for failing to cooperate with regulatory investigation alleging theft of $1M, making unsuitable recommendations and mismanaging accounts. FINRA Case 2015047059702. See this for more details. 

FINRA records report that NEXT Financial Group stockbroker Tye Williams , of Frisco, TX,  has been named in Case 2015-41457, pending in Harris County, Texas, alleging that from mid 2004 until 2015  Williams mismanaged the finances of a customer and exceeded the scope of his authority. Damages of $1 million are sought.

Williams FINRA record also discloses a pending FINRA arbitration (16-0609) filed by a customer of NEXT Financial that makes identical allegations as are made in the Harris County court case.

Williams was employed by NEXT Financial from 11/2008-8/2016. Williams discloses business affiliations with DC Rightside LLC which was formed to deal with the business activities following the sale of Smashburger, Tye Williams Financial Services, and One Source Advisors Group.

If you have losses in an account handled by Tye Williams, contact us to learn how you may be able to recover damages from his former employer.

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