Category Archives: Securities

Keith Fontenot-Wells Fargo Clearing Services, Inc. Broker- Discloses 2 Customer Disputes – Lafayette, LA

June 2017 -Lafayette, LA

According to publicly available records Keith A. Fontenot  (CRD#2296303) ,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by Wells Fargo Advisors, disclose 2 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 FINRA Case 15-2471 a Wells Fargo Advisors customer sought  damages in an unstated amount  and alleged misleading and unsuitable recommendations regarding buying and selling annuities. In October 2016 that case was settled for $400,000.

In currently pending FINRA case 17-1181 a customer of Wells Fargo Clearing Services seeks damages of $80,000 and alleges unsuitable recommendations to invest in equities.

Keith Fontenot has been employed with Wells Fargo Clearing Services since November 2016.  Before then he was employed with Wells Fargo Advisors since May of 2009.

If you have losses  in an account handled by Keith Fontenot 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

Todd D. Ryman -Suntrust Investment Services Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes-Atlanta, GA

June 2017 – Atlanta, GA

The FINRA records of Todd D. Ryman ,  a  stockbroker previously employed with  Raymond James & Associates, Inc.  disclose  a prior regulatory matter and 6 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.

Prior customer disputes include:

May 2017-A customer of Deutsche Bank Securities alleged damages of $250,000 related to the sale of an unsuitable private equity fund. That case was settled for $205,193.

FINRA Case 14-02095- A customer of Merrill Lynch sought damages of $100,000 alleging that Ryman made unsuitable investment recommendations, made unauthorized trades and misrepresented material facts. That case settled for $47,500.

June 2009- A customer of Banc America Investment Services alleged unauthorized trading in auction rate securities. That case settled for $5 million.

 

Ryman is currently employed by  Suntrust Investment Services. His prior employment includes Raymond James & Associates, Inc.,Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Banc of America Investment Services.  

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Todd D. Ryman  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

Louis Scherschel-Former Sigma Financial Corporation Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute and Termination-Chicago, IL

May 2017 – Chicago, IL

According to publicly available records Louis Scherschel  (CRD#5634741) ,  a  stockbroker currently registered with St. Bernard Financial Services, Inc.,  discloses a customer dispute and an employment separation.

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.

FINRA case #16-00222 was filed by a customer of Sigma Financial Corporation seeking damages of $500,000 and alleging inappropriately leveraged ETFs and failure to implement sell stops despite instructions to do so.  The case was settled in 8/2016 for $295,000.

Scherschel was discharged by Sigma Financial Corporation in 9/2015 who made the following allegations in connection with the discharge:  “failure to comply with firm’s correspondence policy.”

Scherschel had been employed  with Sigma Financial Corporation from May of 2013 to September of 2015.  He has since been employed with RBC Capital andProsperity Wealth Management, Inc. 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Louis Scherschel  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

Wells Fargo Securities Fined $3.25M For Supervisory Deficiencies

JUNE 2017

Wells Fargo Securities   entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that they failed to report, or had inaccurately reported over-the-counter options trades between 2008 and March 2017.

Although FINRA’s investigation of this issue in 2008 led to an agreement by Wells Fargo to remedy this deficiency, the firm’s reporting system was never fully developed or implemented due to deficient written supervisory procedures.

AWC 20140403261-01

Wells Fargo Securities was censured, assessed a fine of $3.25 million and agreed to an undertaking requiring the firm to review its supervisory systems and take adequate steps to remedy the deficiencies within 120 days.

If you have questions about an account with Wells Fargo Securities , call to learn about your remedies.

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

Cannabis Penny Stock Promoter James Farinella Named In SEC Fraud Suit

JUNE 2017

The U S Securities and Exchange Commission charged James M. Farinella ,  Integrated Capital Partners (ICP) , Anthony Amado, Equities Awareness Group LLC (EAG) and Carlos Palomino with securities fraud involving the manipulation and artificial inflation of the share price of microcap company Pazoo, Inc., a cannabis penny stock (PZOO).

The SEC alleges that Farinella and ICP controlled the entire public float of stock in Pazoo and that by engaging in matched trading they created the appearance of an active market for Pazoo which boosted its market price. According to the SEC Farinella dumped his Pazoo shares after the price rose, netting him a million dollar gain.

In a parallel action the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey announced criminal charges against Farinella.

Link to SEC Complaint. 

If you have losses on penny stocks recommended to you by your broker, 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

Christopher D. Sinkula Investigation-Janney Montgomery Scott Broker-Stuart, FL

June 2017-Stuart, Florida

We are investigating Stuart-based Janney Montgomery Scott stockbroker Christopher D. Sinkula. FINRA records indicate that Sinkula has been employed by Janney Montgomery Scott since 8/2008.

Our client is a single lady approaching retirement who alleges damages for  unsuitable investments which she alleges were purchased for her account by Sinkula.

Sinkula’s official broker records disclose that two of his customers brought actions that resulted in cash settlements:

  • In FINRA Case 12-01357 a customer of CItigroup Global Markets, his prior employer, sought damages of $879,680 alleging that Sinkula misrepresented the features of variable annuities that he recommended. That case was settled for $200,000.
  • In NASD Case 97-0761 a customer of A.G. Edwards, his prior employer, sought damages of $67,540 and alleged breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, account related negligence and failure to execute. That case was settled for $46,000.

If you have information you feel could be helpful to this investigation, please contact Nan Thompson at 561 391 1900.

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

Matthew S. Kocsis -Cambridge Investment Research Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute-Charlotte, NC

 JUNE 2017- Charlotte, NC

According to publicly available records Matthew S. Kocsis, (CRD#4787057) ,  a  stockbroker who  is registered with Cambridge Investment Research discloses 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 FINRA case #13-0151 a customer of Equity Services, Inc. alleged damages of  $250,000 in connection with a private placement investment real estate securities.  The customer alleged failure to disclose  material facts and misrepresentation. That case was settled for $152,500.

Kocsis was employed with Equity Services, Inc. from 6/2004 until 10/2008 and with Valic Financial Services 10/2008-8/2011. He is currently employed by Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.  

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Matthew S. Kocsis 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