Category Archives: Florida Office of Financial Regulation

Revere Securities Sanctioned by Securities Regulators

March 2017-New York

According to publicly available records Revere Securities LLC , (CRD# 14178) ,  a  FINRA registered broker dealer headquartered in New York City, discloses a pending regulatory matter , 9 prior final regulatory events and 3 prior customer arbitrations.

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 pending regulatory matter, Massachusetts securities regulators allege that Revere Securities failed to reasonably supervise one of is agents and that the firm engaged in dishonest and unethical conduct in violation of the Massachusetts securities act in connection with the sale of non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs). Case #2015-0178. Sanctions sought include restitution, cease and desist, censure and disgorgement.

Prior regulatory issues include:

  • Maine Office of Securities-In 2014 Revere Securities were fined $35,000 and subjected to other sanctions for engaging in unlicensed activities and other violations.
  • Florida Office of Financial Regulation– In 2012 Revere Securities was fined and sanctioned for failing to file annual financial statements.

If you have losses on REITs purchased from Revere Securities or other questions about recovery of damages , 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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Scott Sibley-Former Raymond James Broker-Discloses Multiple Customer Disputes Alleging Abuse of the Elderly-Boca Raton, FL

March 2017-Boca Raton, FL

According to publicly available records Scott Allen Sibley  , (CRD# 1523981) ,  a   former stockbroker who last worked for Moors & Cabot,  discloses 2 prior regulatory events, 2 pending customer disputes, 15 prior final customer disputes, a regulatory investigation, a termination from employment and an 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 the most recent regulatory matter in 2015,  Sibley was fined $15,000 and suspended for 15 days to resolve allegations by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation that  he made unauthorized trades in a client account.

In January 2017, FINRA commenced an investigation to determine if Sibley willfully failed to disclose material information on FINRA disclosure forms.

The prior final customer disputes include:

  • FINRA arbitration 15-0881 in which a Raymond James customer alleged exploitation of a vulnerable adult, exploitation of a disabled adult and other claims. That case was settled for $325,000.

In pending FINRA arbitration 17-0066, a Raymond James customer alleges damages of $300,000 for negligence, fraud and violations of the Florida Investor’s Protection Act.

In pending FINRA arbitration 16-01493, a Raymond James customer alleges damages of $675,000 for negligence, fraud, unsuitable recommendations, exploitation of the elderly and other claims.

Sibley was discharged by Raymond James in 2/2015 after the firm received multiple customer complaints alleging unauthorized trading.

Sibley was employed by Moors & Cabot from 3/2015-2/2017 and by Raymond James 11/2007-3/2015.

If you have losses in an  investment account handled by Scott Sibley  , you may be entitled to recover damages. 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

David A. Cusano-Former Sandlapper Securities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Matter and Customer Disputes-Sarasota, FL

February 2017-Sarasota, Florida

According to publicly available records David A. Cusano , (CRD# 1805308) ,  a   stockbroker who is not currently registered and who was last employed by Sandlapper Securities, discloses a pending regulatory matter, 3 prior customer disputes that have been settled  and two separations from employment after allegations.

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.

Cusano discloses the following FINRA arbitrations that have been settled:

  • 12-0594-a customer of his prior employer NEXT Financial Group alleged damages of $100,000 for unsuitable investments. That case was settled for $50,000
  • 12-2302-a customer of his prior employers NEXT Financial Group, High Mark Securities and SII Investments  alleged damages of $1,593,168 for losses on annuities. That case was settled for $95,000.
  • 11-3339-a customer of his prior employer NEXT Financial Group alleged damages of $945,030 for excessive trading in unsuitable products, misrepresenting fees and commissions that would be charged, failure to disclose material information and breach of fiduciary duty. That case was settled for $330,000.

According to his disclosures, in November 2016 the Florida Office of Financial Regulation filed a cease and desist action seeking sanctions, including a permanent bar from the industry for borrowing from customers, engaging in prohibited business practices and failing to observe high standards of commercial honor. FL Docket Case 58302-S. 

In 2002, Cusano voluntarily resigned from Walnut Street Securities on allegations that he  participated in selling an unregistered security away from the firm. In 2010 Cusano was permitted to resign from NEXT Financial for submitting variable annuity forms that contained inaccurate information.  

Cusano’s registrations include:

  • Sandlapper Securities– 6/2014-1/2015
  • Invest Financial Corp.-7/2011-6/2014
  • Sterling Enterprises– 1/2011-7/2011
  • J.P. Turner & Co.-7/2010-10/2010
  • NEXT Financial Group– 8/2007-6/2010

If you have losses  in an account handled by David A Cusano, 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

David H. Fagenson-Former UBS Broker-Discloses Termination and Customer Dispute-Palm Beach, FL

February 2017-Palm Beach, FL

According to publicly available records David H. Fagenson , (CRD# 1652012) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Newbridge Securities disclose a pending customer dispute 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 September 2016 Fagenson was discharged by UBS Financial who made the following allegation : “The financial advisor was discharged after a review found that while on heightened supervision, he violated firm policy by exercising time and price discretion, texting with clients and engaging in short term trading of preferred shares.”

In September 2016 a customer of UBS Financial Services alleged damages in excess of $5,000 claiming that unauthorized trades were made in his account and that he gave instructions to place stop-loss orders on several investments that were not entered.  That matter is currently pending.

Fagenson’s records reveal eight prior customer disputes that were settled.

In 2011 the Florida Office of Financial Regulation initiated an action alleging that Fagenson made a material misstatement on his application for registration. Without admitting or denying the findings that he omitted a part of a law enforcement record that was required to be disclosed on his application for registration.

Fagenson has been employed by Newbridge Securities since 12/2016. He was employed at UBS Financial from 9/2010-10/2016.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by David H. Fagenson, 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

Athanasios Tomaras-Former Fulcrum Securities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Issue and Customer Disputes

September 2016-Tampa, Florida

The FINRA records of  Athanasios Tomaras,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by  R. F. Lafferty & Co.  disclose a prior regulatory event and 4 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 August 2009, while employed by Morgan StanleyTomaras was ordered to cease and desist, fined $10,000 and suspended for ten business days by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation.

The Florida securities regulators found that Mr. Tomaras failed to observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade in violation of section 517.161(1)(h), Florida Statutes and Rule 69W-600.013(2)(h), of the Florida Administrative Code, in connection with receiving referrals from insurance agents and opening new accounts for transferring customers.

In FINRA Case#15-0858 a customer of Fulcrum Securities, Tomaras prior employer, alleged that beginning in late 2013 his account was overly concentrated in the energy sector and that Tomaras failed to execute stop loss orders as instructed by claimant. The claimant alleged damages of $63,874 in losses as a result of failure to execute stop losses in Cline and PWE. Claimant also alleged unsuitable trades. That case was settled in 4/2016 for $25,000.

In FINRA Case#13-01133, a customer of Fulcrum Securities alleged damages of $569,300 arising out of the liquidation of a position that transferred into the firm. The customer alleged breach of fiduciary duty, violation of FINRA Rule 2010, breach of contract, negligence, violation of the FL securities act and control person liability. That case was settled in 10/2014 for $35,000.

Tomaras  has been registered with R.F. Lafferty since 10/2015. He was registered with Fulcrum Securities from 3/2012-3/2016. Prior to that he was registered with Morgan Stanley from 4/2007-3/2012.

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

GWN Securities Agrees to $20K Fine with Florida Securities Regulators

July 2016- Palm Beach Gardens, FL

The FINRA records of GWN Securities, Inc. ,  a  stock brokerage firm whose main office is located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL , disclose a recently finalized regulatory event.

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.

To resolve allegations by the the Florida Department of Financial Regulation (FOFR) that GWN Securities failed to detect outside business activities, published non approved advertising and failed to provide required documents in branch locations, GWN entered into stipulation and consent with FOFR and agreed to pay a fine of $20,000. .

GWN Securities was formed in 1999 and is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA and 51 U.S. States and Territories. World Investment Network owns more than 75% of GWN Securities according to recent regulatory filings.

Another brokerage firm Money Concepts Capital Corp. shares the same address at 11440 N. Jog Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL , with GWN Securities. Money Concepts Capital is also owned by World Investment Network. 

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

Chazon Stein-Former Primex Stock Broker-Discloses Permanent Bar from Securities Industry in Florida

July 2016-Boca Raton, Florida

The FINRA records of Chazon Stein (also known as Chaz Stein, Chazoni Stein & Zoni Stein) , a  currently unlicensed stockbroker who last worked for  Primex disclose a prior regulatory event and 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 July 2015 the Florida Office of Financial Regulation found that Chazon Stein offered and sold unregistered securities, engaged in securities  business in Florida without being registered and obtained money by means of fraud and permanently barred Stein from affiliating or seeking future registration as a dealer, investment adviser, or associated person under the Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act, Chapter 517, F.S. In addition Stein was assessed a $40,000 administrative fine.

Chazon Stein was employed by Primex  from 10/2013-1/2014. Prior to that he was employed by Sterne Agee Financial Services and Emmett A. Larkin Company.  

In July 2015, the  FBI announced today the indictment of eight individuals, including Chazon Stein, 36, of Miami Beach, for participating in securities fraud involving Thought Development Inc., a Miami Beach based company claiming invention of a green line on the football field visible, and Virgin Gaming, a fee based service facilitating on line gaming and fantasy sports leagues.

Investors who have questions about how their brokerage account has been handled by Chazon Stein should call to learn how you may be entitled to collect 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