Category Archives: Texas State Securities Board

Kermit Gable, Jr.-Former Cambridge Investment Research Broker-Sanctioned by Texas Regulator-Arlington, TX

January 2018-Arlington, Texas 

The FINRA records of Kermit G. Gable, Jr. ,  a  stockbroker who previously worked for Cambridge Investment Research , disclose a recent regulatory event and a separation from employment.

In November 2016 Gable was ‘permitted to resign’ from Cambridge Investment Research due to improper trading in client advisory accounts.

In April 2017, the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) suspended Gable for 150 days. According to the TSSB, during the relevant time period, Gable entered a significant number of trades in a block trading account as part of an active trading strategy, but failed to prepare a written statement identifying the accounts that would participate in each trade prior to entering the trade in the block trading account.

This failure to properly document which clients would participate in the block trades constitutes an inequitable practice, according to the 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.

Gable  was employed by Cambridge Investment Research from 2/2012-12/2016. Prior to that he was employed by BrokersXpress in Richardson, TX. Gable discloses a business affiliation with Fidelis Financial Services in Arlington, TX. He is not currently registered as a broker.

If you have questions about an account handled by Kermit G. Gable, Jr. , 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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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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.

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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

Texas Securities Board Appoints New Commissioner-Austin, TX

August 2017-Austin, Texas

Travis J. Lies was appointed Securities Commissioner of the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) effective September 1, 2017. Lies has worked for the TSSB for 16 years and has been serving as Deputy Commissioner for the past year. He will succeed current Commissioner John Morgan who will retire August 31 after 33 years with TSSB.

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

Michael K. Parish-San Antonio Investment Adviser Sanctioned by Texas Regulator

July 2017 -San Antonio, TX

The Texas State Securities Board  (TSSB)entered a disciplinary order against San Antonio investment adviser Michael Keith Parish for violations of Board Rule 116.17, known as the “custody rule” which prohibits registered investment advisers from maintaining custody of client funds and/or securities unless certain safeguards are implemented and/or the investment adviser satisfies compliance with an exemption from such safeguards. Link to TSSB Disciplinary Order. 

According to the TSSB Order, Parish did not maintain a balance sheet, income statement and general ledger and did not implement the safeguards required by Section 116.17(b) of the Board Rules.

Parish was fined  $5,000 and his registration as an investment adviser was suspended for 30 days. In addition Parish was ordered to retain an outside auditor registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to conduct an audit of all funds under his management.

 

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

Thomas P. Haugh-PTI Securities & Futures Broker-Discloses $2.5 Million Customer Arbitration-Chicago, IL

June 2017-Chicago

According to publicly available records Thomas Patrick Haugh  (CRD#2185651) ,  a  stockbroker who currently employed by  PTI Securities & Futures , disclose a recent regulatory event and a pending customer dispute.

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 a customer of PTI Securities & Futures filed FINRA Case 17-01171 seeking $2.5 million in damages alleging that their account, which contained derivatives, equities and options, was mismanaged from 2008-2016. That matter is currently pending.

If you have questions about an account handled by Thomas P. Haugh, call to learn about your options.

TEXAS REGULATORS SANCTION PTI SECURITIES FOR BEING FOOLED BY SPAM EMAIL

In June 2017 PTI Securities & Futures was sanctioned by the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) for supervisory failures that led to bogus transfers of client funds which were initiated by SPAM emails. See this for more details. 

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

Daniel J. Haugh-PTI Securities & Futures Broker-Discloses $2.5 Million Customer Arbitration & Regulatory Sanction-Chicago, IL

June 2017-Chicago

According to publicly available records Daniel John Haugh  (CRD#2162854) ,  a  stockbroker who currently is the chief compliance officer of  PTI Securities & Futures , disclose a recent regulatory event and a customer dispute.

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 April 2017 Haugh was censured and fined $2,500 by Illinois securities regulators for failing to verify information to determine if emails that he received requesting the transfer of funds were being sent by his client. The account involved was an IRA account which belonged to a Texas resident. A phony SPAM email purportedly from the account holder resulted in the transfer of about $45,000 by PTI Securities  to an individual in Louisiana. Another phony email a month later resulted in PTI Securities transferring another $45,000 to an individual in Alabama.

In May 2017 a customer of PTI Securities & Futures filed FINRA Case 17-01171 seeking $2.5 million in damages alleging that their account, which contained derivatives, equities and options, was mismanaged from 2008-2016. That matter is currently pending.

If you have questions about an account handled by Daniel J. Haugh, call to learn about your options.

TEXAS REGULATORS SANCTION PTI SECURITIES FOR BEING FOOLED BY SPAM EMAIL

In June 2017 PTI Securities & Futures was sanctioned by the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) for supervisory failures that led to these bogus transfers which were initiated by SPAM emails. See this for more details. 

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