Category Archives: FINRA

Ameriprise Financial Ordered to Pay Customer $440K For Making Improper Distributions From Retirement Account

JUNE 2017

A FINRA arbitration panel of three public arbitrators in Omaha, Nebraska ordered Ameriprise Financial Services to pay a customer $440,000 in compensatory damages. The customer alleged breach of fiduciary duty, omission of facts and breach of contract and that Ameriprise made improper distributions to an individual who was not a proper beneficiary of a non-qualified account and two IRA accounts. Larson v Ameriprise, FINRA Case 16-01613.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is a not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors by making sure the broker-dealer industry operates fairly and honestly.

As stated on  the FINRA website:

Arbitration is a method of resolving a dispute between two or more parties by neutral, qualified individuals, who serve as decision-makers after weighing the facts of each case presented. The decision-makers are called arbitrators. Arbitration of securities disputes against brokerage firms, brokers, or both provides a prompt and inexpensive means of resolving issues. There are certain laws governing the conduct of an arbitration proceeding. The most important of these is perhaps the fact that an arbitration award is final and binding, subject to review by a court only on a very limited basis. Parties should also recognize that arbitrating their claims precludes them from pursuing the same claims  through the courts.

If you have questions about an account with Ameriprise Financial Services or any other brokerage firm , call to learn about 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

Wells Fargo Securities Fined $3.25M For Supervisory Deficiencies

JUNE 2017

Wells Fargo Securities   entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that they failed to report, or had inaccurately reported over-the-counter options trades between 2008 and March 2017.

Although FINRA’s investigation of this issue in 2008 led to an agreement by Wells Fargo to remedy this deficiency, the firm’s reporting system was never fully developed or implemented due to deficient written supervisory procedures.

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Wells Fargo Securities was censured, assessed a fine of $3.25 million and agreed to an undertaking requiring the firm to review its supervisory systems and take adequate steps to remedy the deficiencies within 120 days.

If you have questions about an account with Wells Fargo Securities , call to learn about your remedies.

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

Gregg Templeton – Former Oppenheimer & Co. Broker – Discloses $6.75M Customer Dispute – NYC

JUNE 2017- New York, NY

According to publicly available records Gregg D. Templeton (CRD#2412775) ,  a  former stockbroker who was previously registered with Oppenheimer & Co., discloses a prior regulatory event, a currently pending customer dispute, 6 prior customer disputes and a termination 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, Templeton was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that he failed to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in the course of an investigation into allegations that he misused customer funds and committed other sales practice violations.

In 7/2016, a customer of Oppenheimer & Co. alleged unauthorized trading and sought damages of $61,475.  The case was settled for $62,475.

In FINRA case #16-00111  a customer of  Oppenheimer sought damages of $220,000 for unsuitable investments, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and negligent supervision.   The case settled for $562,500.

In currently pending FINRA case 16-02363  a customer of Oppenheimer & Co. alleges fraud and breach of contract and seeks damages of $6,750,000.

Templeton was employed by Oppenheimer & Co. from 1/2007 to 8/2015.   Since that time he was employed briefly by FSC Securities Corporation and Aegis Capital Corp .

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Gregg D. Templeton 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

Jill Cody (Tramontano)-Former Concorde Investment Services Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-Spring Lake, NJ

According to publicly available records Jill M. Cody , (CRD# 4333419) ,  a  former stockbroker who last worked for Concorde Investment Services  , has numerous disclosures: 

  • 1 prior regulatory events
  • 7 currently pending customer disputes
  • 1 currently pending 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.

In 2/2017 Jill Cody (aka Jill Tramontano)  was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that she permitted Richard Cody, to whom she was then married, and who had been suspended by FINRA to engage in the securities business while suspended.

Currently pending customer disputes include:

  • 3/2017-A customer of Westminster Financial Securities & Concorde Investments  seeks damages in an unstated amount and alleges that funds were taken by Cody.
  • 3/2017-A customer of Merrill Lynch, Park Avenue Securities, Columbia Management, Westminster Financial Securities and Concorde Investment Services seeks damages in an unstated amount and alleges that Cody misappropriated funds and forged documents.

For information on Jill Cody’s former husband, Richard Cody, follow this link. Cody discloses a business affiliation with Boston Investment Partners.

We are interested in speaking with former customers of Jill Cody (aka Jill Tramontano ) and Richard G. Cody. 

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

First Dallas Securities Sanctioned by Regulators for Overcharging Commissions-Dallas, TX

March 2017- Dallas, TX

According to publicly available records First Dallas Securities Inc.  (CRD# 24549) ,  a  brokerage firm with about 24 brokers headquartered in Dallas, Texas, discloses a recent regulatory sanction.

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.

First Dallas Securities consented to the entry of findings that it improperly charged ticket charges in at least 449 transactions involving 129 accounts for clients of its affiliated registered investment advisor (RIA). FIrst Dallas did not have an adequate supervisory system to ensure that customers of its affiliated RIA were not overcharged, according to FINRA.

First Dallas Securities was censured and fined $45,000.

 

If you have questions about how your account has been handled at First Dallas Securities, call 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 Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Cullen Kempson-Former Commonwealth Financial Network Broker-Discloses Regulatory Event & Discharge From Employment-Sparta, NJ

May 2017- Sparta, NJ

According to publicly available records V. Cullen Kempson III (CRD#1280887) ,  a  stockbroker currently registered with American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc discloses a prior regulatory event and a termination 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 May 2017 FINRA suspended Kempson for 30 days and fined him $5,000 to resolve allegations that he effected 40 unauthorized trades in a deceased customer’s accounts. While he had written authority to trade the account with discretion while the customer was alive, he did not have that authority follow the customers’ death.

In June 2016 Kempson was discharged by Commonwealth Financial Network who alleged: ” RR failed to provide notification to the firm of the death of two advisory clients in violation of firm policy and industry standards of conduct. “

Kempson has been with American Portfolios Financial Services since 6/2016. He was previously with Commonwealth Financial Network. He discloses a business affiliation with Kempson & Tschopp.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Cullen Kempson  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

Anthony J. Verzi-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute/Regulatory Sanction Over UIT Sales-Melbourne, FL

The FINRA records of Anthony J. Verzi ,  a  stockbroker who formerly was employed by Morgan Stanley disclose a final regulatory event and a pending customer dispute, both of which relate to the sale of Unit Investment Trusts (UITs).

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 12/2016 a Morgan Stanley customer filed a complaint seeking unspecified damages alleging that their investments in unit investment trusts (UITs) were recommended to them in order to generate commissions.

In October 2016 FINRA commenced an investigation into Verzi’s potential unsuitable trading of UITs in customer accounts. Verzi refused to appear for on the record testimony in that investigation and in June 2017 consented to a bar from associating with any FINRA member in any capacity.

Verzi was employed by Morgan Stanley from 1983 until 8/2016.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Anthony J. Verzi  call for a no charge consultation to learn 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 Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

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