Category Archives: Texas State Securities Board

Trevor M. Carney-Former Axiom Capital Management Broker-Sanctioned by Texas Regulator-Austin, TX

JUNE 2017- Austin, Texas

According to publicly available records Trevor M. Carney (CRD#5657735) ,  a  stockbroker who is employed by  Ascendant Alternative Strategies, discloses a recent regulatory event and two 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 6/2017 the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) reprimanded Carney and assessed a civil and administrative penalty of $7,500 for failure to disclose information required by for U4 in violation of Board rules.

According to the TSSB Disciplinary Order, Carney did not disclose timely disclose two  Internal Revenue Service liens, one for $101,675 and another in the amount of $138,733. Failure to disclose to the TSSB within 30 days is a violation of section 115.9(a)(6) of the Board Rules.

Carney been employed by Ascendant Alternative Strategies since 3/2017. His prior employment includes Axiom Capital Management, KBR Capital Markets and Direct Capital Securities.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Trevor M. Carney 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 

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Lawrence A. DeShetler-Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud-Beaumont, TX

June 2017-Beaumont, Texas

Lawrence A. DeShetler, a certified financial planner from the the Woodlands, Texas, pleaded guilty mail fraud according to a release from the Department of Justice for the Eastern District of Texas.

According to the Texas State Securities Board, DeShetler fraudulently obtained $1.9 million from five of his advisory business clients who were convinced to withdraw money from their investments and give it to DeShetler who promised them higher returns.

One client was convinced to liquidate her IRA of over $700,000 and transfer the funds to DeShetler who spent the money on restaurant bills, country club fees, clothing and other personal expenses.

DeShetler was arrested in August 2016. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

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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Joe L. Buckner-Former Brazos Securities Broker-Barred From Industry by FINRA-Dallas, TX

May 2017- Dallas, TX

The FINRA records of  Joe L. Buckner,  a  former stockbroker who was last employed by  Brazos Securities discloses a prior regulatory event, a pending customer dispute, a regulatory investigation 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 12/2015 Buckner was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA for failing to respond to FINRA’s request for information.

In 3/2015, Buckner was the subject of an investigation by the Texas State Securities Board involving an investor complaint.

Brazos Securities reports that a customer alleges to have invested $25,000 into a business owned by Buckner that has not been paid back to them. That matter is currently pending.

 

Buckner was employed by Brazos Securities from 10/1996-5/2015. He was also employed by Maplewood Investment Advisors and La Jolla Capital Corp.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Joe L. Buckner 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

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Texas Securities Regulator Issues Order RE: Stock Promoters Impersonating Registered Firm

MAY 2017-Dallas, Texas

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) entered an Emergency Cease and Desist May 5th alleging that Raymond Hill and Mark Diaz who are soliciting funds for stock schemes are falsely claiming to be an existing investment advisory firm in Dallas.

Link to Cease and Desist Order. 

According to the TSSB, Hill and Diaz are offering to purchase their stock in what is known as an advance fee scheme using a fake website, social media, forged documents and purported affiliations with the Internal Revenue Service. Investors are asked to pay certain costs to Wales Marketing and Consultancy, a company in the Philippines.

The face websites and social media are using names similar to Cain Capital. Investors receive an invoice that appears to be issued by the IRS with a receipt that claims to be from the Department of State, United States Share Registry.

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

Kermit G. Gable-Former Cambridge Investment Research Broker-Suspended by Texas Regulator-Arlington, TX

April 2017- Arlington, TX

According to publicly available records Kermit G. Gable, Jr.  , (CRD# 2202745 ) ,  a  former stockbroker who last worked for Cambridge Investment Research  discloses a separation from employment after allegations and a suspension of his investment adviser registration by the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) .

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 November 2016, Gable was permitted to resign from Cambridge Investment Research who alleged “RR permitted to resign due to improper trading in client advisory accounts.”

In April 2017 the Texas State Securities Board  entered Disciplinary Order No. REG17-SUS-03 against Kermit G. Gable, Jr. suspending his investment adviser representative registration for 150 days. The TSSB finding states that Gable entered a significant number of buy and sell orders in a block trading account as part of an active trading strategy. Certain of the trades were allocated to two client accounts and some of the trades were allocated to Gable’s personal account. The trade allocations were not evenly distributed to the accounts of the clients and the account of Gable.

Gable was employed by Cambridge Investment Research from 2/2012-12/2016.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Kermit G. Gable, Jr.  , contact us to discuss your legal options.

Block Trading as defined by Investopedia: “A block trade, also known as a block order, is an order or trade submitted for the sale or purchase of a large quantity of securities. A block trade involves a significantly large number of equities or bonds being traded at an arranged price between two parties, sometimes outside of the open markets, to lessen the impact on the security price. In general, 10,000 shares of stock, not including penny stocks, or $200,000 worth of bonds are considered a block trade.”

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

Chad Sayers Indicted for Fraud-Dallas, Texas

March 2017-Sherman, Texas

Carlton Chadbourne Sayers (‘Chad”), 51, of Dallas was indicted for fraud by a Federal Grand Jury for the Eastern District of Texas according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

Sayers was charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity for his involvement in a scheme to defraud numerous victims by requesting that  individuals loan to or invest money with him and Wellington and Franklin Financial, a business he controlled. Victims were told that their money would be used to purchase and/or renovate residential real estate properties. The scheme is alleged to have resulted in losses of over $3 million.

Sayers faces up to 30 years in federal prison if convicted.

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 Services Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Disputes-Plano, TX

February  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 3 pending customer disputes.

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 by customers of VSR Financial and relate to alternative investments such as REITs, oil and gas and equipment leasing. Damages sought in the three pending cases range from  $149,200 to $838,389.

In October 2016, the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) entered a Disciplinary Order against M. F. (Mickey) Long II who operates First Financial Services Group in Plano, TX, and stock brokerage firm Calton & Associates.

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 on-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 Calton 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 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. During the summer of 2016, VSR Financial announced that they were winding down their brokerage business and transferring accounts and brokers to an affiliated entity Summit Brokerage Services.

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.

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.

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