Category Archives: Montana Office of Securities and Insurance

Ryan M. Murnane-Former Alexander Capital Broker-Discloses Discharge and Customer/Regulatory Complaints

March 2017-New York

According to publicly available records Ryan M. Murnane  , (CRD# 4784140) ,  a   former stockbroker who last worked for Alexander Capital and Woodstock Financial Group,  discloses a pending customer dispute, 5 prior final customer disputes, a regulatory investigation, a termination from employment and 2 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 January 2017, Murnane was discharged by Woodstock Financial Group who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Rep destroyed the personal computer of another registered person and rep had a New York State Tax lien the he failed to disclose to us (it was discovered by FINRA)”

In February 2017 Montana securities regulators commenced an investigation after a resident of that state complained that he had been contacted numerous times by Murnane, who was not registered to do business in the state of Montana.

Murnane also worked for Rockwell Securities from 10/2010-12/2013.

If you have questions about  an investment account handled by Ryan M. Murnane  , 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.

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Joseph Stone Capital Brokers Named in Regulatory Complaint Alleging Churning

August 2016- Mineola, NY

The FINRA records of  Lawrence P. Sullivan,  a  stock broker who is not currently licensed and who was last employed by Joseph Stone Capital  disclose  a currently pending 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.

Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor Case No. SEC-2016-124

On June 8, 2016, the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (CSI) filed a complaint (CSI Case Number SEC-2016-124) naming Lawrence Sullivan, who at the time was a salesperson with Joseph Stone Capital  and other parties, including:

  • Joseph Stone Capital, Lawrence’s  former employing firm
  • James Pardy-Chief Compliance Officer of Joseph Stone
  • Adam Maggio-a salesperson with Joseph Stone
  • David Menashea salesperson with Joseph Stone
  • Frank Spadaro-a salesperson with Joseph Stone

The Montana CSI complaint alleges that in January 2016, the Montana CSI received a cold call from Sullivan who was transferred to an analyst for CSI. Sullivan pitched an investment about Paypal to the Montana CSI employee who then informed Sullivan that he had called the Montana State securities regulators. At that point, Sullivan denied he was trying to solicit an investment and hung up.

That same day Montana CSI requested complete records regarding all of Joseph Stone’s Montana clients. Analysis of the records revealed churning in the accounts of Montana residents , overcharging of commissions and other statutory violations.

According to the Montana CSI complaint with regard to one of the accounts handled by Frank Spadaro : “The total of all trades resulted in $4,052,938.36 in purchases and $3,747,491.70 sales, with corresponding Looper[l] tumover rates of 30.52 and,28.22 respectively “

Churning & The Looper Formula

The Looper turnover rate calculates the dollar amount of purchases during a time period divided by the average account equity annualized. The 2-4-6 ‘rule of thumb’ turnover rate is often used to generally analyze trading:

  • Twice a year is ‘suggestive’ of excessive trading
  • Four times a year is ‘indicative’ of excessive trading
  • Six times a year turnover is ‘conclusive’ of excessive trading

According to public records:

  • On January 19, 2016, Lawrence Sullivan was discharged by Joseph Stone Capital
  • David Manashe is now registered with Newbridge Securities Corporation

If you have questions about an account handled by Joseph Stone Capital  call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

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

D.A. Davidson Broker Susan Skaar Sanctioned by Securities Regulators

December 2, 2014- Bozeman, Montana

To resolve allegations that from 2003-2014, she affixed initials of 4 customers to four documents and signed the signatures of two other customers to two documents, Susan Skaar consented to a 20 day suspension and a fine of $5,000.

By initialing and signing customer initials and names, Skaar violated NASD Conduct Rule 2110 and FINRA Rule 2010.

According to FINRA records, Skaar has been registered with D.A. Davidson & Co. since 1993.

Rex Securities Law , located in Boca Raton, FL, provides representation to  investors  in Montana and 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

Montana Office of Securities Sponsors Seminar on Financial Exploitation

Hamilton, Montana-

The Montana Office of Securities and Insurance together with the Bitterroot Financial Education Coalition and the Bitterroot Public Library are  sponsoring a seminar for anyone interested in learning about financial exploitation of the elderly.

The seminar will be held on November 18, 2014, at the Bitterroot Public Library from 11am to 2:30pm. See this for registration information.

Rex Securities Law provides nationwide representation to investors 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