Category Archives: VIrginia SCC Division of Securities and Retail Franchising

Erryn Michael Barkett-Former NEXT FInancial Broker-Discloses Sanctions and Customer Disputes Over Unregistered Securities-The Woodlands, TX

February 2017-The Woodlands, TX and Fincastle, VA

According to publicly available records Erryn Michael Barkett , (CRD# 4102279) ,  a  stockbroker who is employed by LPL Financial, disclose that he was sanctioned by the Virginia State Corporation Commission who alleged that he sold unsuitable and unregistered securities and omitted material information in the sale of those securities causing investors to lose $330,000.

Barkett was ordered to pay restitution of $15,000.

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.

Public records disclose that  Barkett’s prior employer  NEXT Financial Group paid over $310,000 to settle the claims of four customers who alleged that Barkett sold them fraudulent unregistered products involving structure military pension investments.

In pending FINRA Case 17-0132 a customer of NEXT Financial Group is seeking damages of $310,000 and alleges that between 2009 and 2013 Barkett recommended that they invest in various fraudulent companies and recommended nearly $650,000 in illiquid and poor performing alternative investments, REITs and annuities.

 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Erryn Michael Barkett, 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

Kirsten Hawkins of Staunton, VA, Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

January 16, 2015-Lynchberg, Virginia

The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia announced that Kirsten Flynn Hawkins, 45, of Staunton, VA, pled guilty to three counts of wire fraud in connection with wrongfully taking money from a customer while working as a financial advisor at “Bank One”.

According to FINRA records Hawkins was most recently registered with Suntrust Investment Services  from    1/2003-12/2014.

If you have losses in an account handled by Hawkins, contact us to find out how you may be able to recover damages.

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

Virginia Securities Regulators Warn of “High Return” Scam

December 5, 2014

The Virginia State Corporation Commission Division of Securities and Retail Franchising recently issued an alert to investors warning of the risks of “pie in the sky”, “too good to be true” rates of returns on high yield investment programs. Follow this link to view the alert on the official Virginia SCC website.

The alert “High-Yield Investment Programs- Don’t Get Roped In” warns investors to be wary of current offerings appearing on the internet or on social media sites since they are often Ponzi schemes sold by unlicensed individuals.

The most notable characteristic of these schemes is the promise of very high returns at little to no risk to the investor.

Warning signs are:

  • The promise of high daily, weekly or monthly returns.
  • An offer from the company to pay “referral fees” to investors for bringing in additional investors.
  • The use of social media to spread the word and praise the program.
  • The promoter provides very few details about who runs the company and how profits are generated.
  • The promoter may require that the investor open an e-currency account to invest. E-currency accounts are not licensed as a money transmitter.

Rex Securities Law , located in Boca Raton, FL, 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.

Rex Securities Law

561 391 1900