Category Archives: Alternative Investments

Jonathan T. Pyne-Update on Investigation-Minneapolis, MN

October 2017-Minneapolis, MN

Jonathan Todd Pyne (aka Jon Pyne )  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Berthel Fisher & Co. Financial Services discloses 2 pending customer disputes and 3 prior final customer disputes on his FINRA record.

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 of the currently  pending  disputes, received in 7/2017 , a customer of Berthel Fisher alleges damages in excess of $5,000 and claims that she was misled by Pyne into purchasing a real estate investment that she did not know was illiquid.

In another currently pending matter received in 9/2016, a Berthel Fisher customer is upset with the overall performance of the account which was invested in oil & gas, real estate securities and a business development company. Damages are not specified, but exceed $5,000.

In September 2016 Berthel Fisher settled a complaint brought by one of Pyne’s customers alleging that oil and gas and real estate securities purchased in 2008 and 2009 were unsuitable and misrepresented. That matter was settled for $48,175.

In FINRA arbitration 14-0952 a customer of Pyne’s alleged damages of $250,000 in connection with the sale of unsuitable investments sold to her in 2007 and 2008 in equipment leasing, oil and gas and real estate securities. That case was settled in 11/2015 for $110,000.

Pyne has been employed by Berthel Fisher & Co.   since 2/2007. Pyne discloses a business affiliation with Evergreen Financial Group.

See this for our prior investigation of Jonathan T. Pyne over the sale of the following alternative investments:

  • Gulf Coast Rig & Equipment
  • Reef Income & Development
  • Leaf Equipment Leasing Fund
  • Inland American
  • Cornerstone Properties (now Summit Health Care)
  • Columbia Properties

If you have questions about an account  handled by Jonathan T. Pyne , contact us to discuss your options.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , equipment leasing, oil and gas, hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures.  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.

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

Joseph Sterling-Geneos Wealth Management Broker-Subject of Customer Suits Over Real Estate Investments-Apple Valley, MN

October 2017-Apple Valley, MN

The FINRA records of  Joseph H. Sterling ,  a  stockbroker who has been registered with Geneos Wealth Management since 2005 disclose 2 pending 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.

The pending customer disputes both relate to the sale of real estate securities.

  • FINRA Case 17-1906- A customer of Geneos Wealth Management alleges that Sterling recommended unsuitable real estate investments in 2012 and 2013 and is seeking damages of $290,000.
  • FINRA Case 17-1685-A customer of Geneos Wealth Management alleges unsuitable recommendations by Sterling to invest in real estate securities and other direct investments, including limited partnerships. Damages of between $500,000 and $900,000 are sought.

Brokers are required to only recommend investments to clients that meet the client’s investment objectives and risk tolerance. Call to discuss your options. If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Joseph H. Sterling , you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

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

VSR Financial Services-How to Recover Damages On Investment Losses

OCTOBER  2017VSR Financial Services closed down its operations in the Fall of 2016. Many of its brokers and clients have been transferred to Summit Brokerage Services, a related entity which is part of the Cetera Financial Group.

See below for discussion of VSR’s regulatory issues related to the sale of real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil and gas partnerships and other alternative investments and how you may be able to recover damages for losses on those investments.

 

VSR’s  Alternative Investment Problem

VSR is well known for its sales of alternative investments such as non-traded REITs, equipment leasing programs, oil & gas drilling programs, promissory notes and commodity funds. In 2013, VSR and its president Donald Beary, were sanctioned by FINRA in connection with the sale of alternative investments. VSR paid a fine of $550,000.

Recovery of Investment Losses On Limited Partnerships and Other Alternative Investments Purchased From VSR Financial

Over the past several years we have represented a number of investors, mostly retirees, who were recommended alternative investments with the promise of steady, dependable income and minimal risk.

Follow this link for other postings related to the recovery of losses on investments purchased from VSR Financial Services.

If you have suffered losses as a result of investing in alternative investments that were recommended to you by a VSR Financial Services broker (including, but not limited to John Towers, Dennis Van Patter, Mickey Long, Parks Brown, Jr.  , and Keith Bradley) , we may be able to help you recover damages.

Time is of the essence, so if you have a claim, you would be wise to pursue immediately.

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

Mark & Herminia Sitter Investigation-Capital Financial Services Brokers-The Woodlands, TX

October 2017- The Woodlands, Texas

We continue our investigation of Capital Financial Services stockbroker Mark Raymond Sitter of the Woodlands, TXand  his wife Herminia C. Sitter, who until June 2017, was also a  broker with Capital Financial Services TX.

Our investigation is on behalf of an elderly Texas retiree who alleges that they recommended she invest most of her retirement funds into unsuitable real estate investments, including American Realty Hospitality Trust and Cole Office and Industrial REIT.

The FINRA records of Mark Sitter disclose an outstanding lien to the Internal Revenue Service of $83,527. Mark Sitter has been registered with Capital Financial Services since 1/2006. Mark Sitter discloses a business affiliation with Chasewood Wealth Management of the Woodlands, TX.

The FINRA records of Herminia Sitter disclose an outstanding lien to the Internal Revenue Service of $83,527. Herminia Sitter was registered with Capital Financial Services from 9/2005-6/2017.

Capital Financial Services has been a FINRA member since 1981 and is headquartered in Minot, North Dakota. According to FINRA records, there have been three customer arbitration awards against Capital Financial Services including FINRA Case 13-03763 in which a customer was awarded $50,000 for breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentations in connection with the sale of a real estate investment trust (REIT). In 2011 Capital Financial Services agreed to a censure and disgorgement/restitution of $200,000 to resolve allegations that sales of oil and gas investments were improperly made.

If you have information you believe may be helpful to this investigation please contact our office.

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

William H. Watson III-Prior Freedom Investors Broker- Discloses Regulatory events, Customer Disputes-Federal Tax Liens-Orange County, CA

August 2017 -Orange County, CA

According to publicly available records William Henry Watson III (CRD#1016938) , a  stockbroker who was previously registered with Freedom Investors Corp, disclose  two regulatory events , seven customer disputes and four federal tax 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 2016  Watson  consented to sanctions of a 10 day suspension and a $5,000 fine from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that “Watson participated in securities offerings with four different issuers in which he used, or permitted issuers to use marketing materials that were not fair and balanced, as they failed to discuss each of the issuers’ poor financial performance and made misleading, unwarranted or unsupported statements.”    

In 1/2017, a Finance 500, Inc. customer filed a complaint alleging inappropriate investments in limited partnerships and direct investments and sought damages of $800,000.   That case was settled for $161,653.

In pending FINRA Case 16-3674 , a Finance 500, Inc.  customer alleges  misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, failure to supervise, Texas Securities fraud, negligence and breach of contract in connection with investments in limited partnerships and is seeking damages of $102,500.

There are four Internal Revue Service tax liens disclosed by Watson , filed in Orange County, CA from 2005 to 2014, and  totaling more than $600,000.

Watson was with Freedom Investors from 8/2014-12/2015 and  with Finance 500, Inc. from 2/ 2011 until 7/2014 .  Prior to that he was with Choice Investments of Austin, Texas.

If you have questions about an account handled by William Henry Watson III,  contact us to discuss your 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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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Charles R. Elhoff-LPL Financial Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Dispute-Arlington, TX

June 2017- Arlington, Texas

According to publicly available records Charles R. Elhoff, Jr.  (CRD#76936) ,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by  LPL Financial,   discloses  a currently pending customer dispute and a prior 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 the currently pending matter a customer of Elhoff’s prior employer H. Beck seeks damages in a currently unstated amount for unsuitable illiquid investments in direct investments and limited partnerships purchased in 2009.

Charles R. Elhoff, Jr.  has been employed by LPL FInancial since 6/2014. His prior employment includes VSR Financial Services and H. Beck, Inc.

If you have losses  in an account handled by Charles R. Elhoff  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

Mark C. O’Meara – McNally Financial Services Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes-Georgetown, TX

June 2017 – Georgetown, TX

According to publicly available records Michael C. O’Meara  (CRD#2652113) ,  a  stockbroker who currently works for San Antonio-based McNally Financial Services Corp.  discloses three prior final 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 against Michael C. O’Meara resulting in the payment of compensation include:

  • FINRA 12-03167 -While employed by Investors Capital, Corp. a customer sought damages of $400,000 and alleged unsuitability in connection with the purchase direct participation programs  & limited partnership interests.   The case was settled in the amount of $125,000.
  • While employed with Banc One Securities Corporation,  a customer sought damages of $73,454  and alleged “failure to execute an order to sell” involving Mutual Funds.   That case was settled in the amount of $65,000.

O’Meara has been employed  by McNally Financial Services since 8/2013.    He was previously employed by Investors Capital, Corp. from 7/2008 to 1/2011, Genworth Financial Serviced 1/2011-3/2011, United Planners Financial Services 3/2011-7/2013.

O’Meara discloses a business affiliation with O’Meara Financial Services in Georgetown, TX.

If you have losses in an account handled by Mark C. O’Meara, you may be able to recover damages from his employer through FINRA arbitration. Call to discuss your 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