Category Archives: Alternative Investments

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.

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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

Nicholas Toadvine – Former Investors Capital Corp. Broker- Discloses 12 Prior Final Customer Disputes – Lakeland, FL

May 2017- Lakeland, FL

According to publicly available records Nicholas S. Toadvine, (CRD#3260858) ,  a  stockbroker who  was previously registered with Investors Capital Corp. discloses 12  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.

Eleven of the customer disputes were brought by customers of Toadvine’s prior employer Investors Capital Corp. and alleged unsuitable investments.  Those cases include:

  • FINRA case #14-01270- a customer of Investors Capital Corp. alleged damages of  $350,000  in connection with Oil and Gas & Real Estate Securities.   The case was settled for $132,000.
  • FINRA case #14-01392, a customer of Investors Capital Corp. alleged damages of $499,999  in connection with Oil & Gas and Real Estate Securities.    The case was settled for $140,000.
  • FINRA case #12-04257, a customer of Investors Capital Corp. alleged damages of $825,000 in connection with direct investments in limited partnerships and real estate securities.    The case was settled for $230,478.

Nicholas Toadvine was employed with Investors Capital from 6/2002 until 2/ 2012. He is currently employed by Calton & Associates, Inc. His prior employment includes Brookstone Securities, Inc. and Cabot Lodge Securities.  

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Nicholas Toadvine,  contact us to discuss your legal options.

INVESTORS CAPITAL CORP. SUBJECT OF 21 REGULATORY MATTERS–CEASES OPERATIONS FALL 2016

Investors Capital Corp. withdrew its registration with FINRA in fall 2016. Investors Capital has been named in 21 regulatory matters and a number of customer arbitrations. For more information on Investors Capital Corp, follow this link. 

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

John G. Chess – Former Investors Capital Corp. Broker- Discloses Customer Disputes – Columbus, OH

May 2017- Columbus, OH

According to publicly available records John G. Chess , (CRD#4812430) ,  a  stockbroker who  was previously registered with Investors Capital Corp. discloses two 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.

In FINRA case #14-01865 a customer of Investors Capital Corp. alleged damages of  $1,361,799.80 in connection with a tax free exchange  utilizing a tenant in common property (TIC).   The case was settled for $500,000.

In FINRA case #13-02228 a customer of Investors Capital Corp. alleged damages of $2,600,000 in connection with direct investments – DDP and LP Interests.  The case was settled for $362,500.

John G. Chess was employed with Investors Capital from 7/2007 until 12/ 2010. He is currently employed by Investacorp, Inc.  He discloses a business affiliations with Chess Financial and Realty Invest Co., both of Columbus, OH.

INVESTORS CAPITAL CORP. SUBJECT OF 21 REGULATORY MATTERS–CEASES OPERATIONS FALL 2016

Investors Capital Corp. withdrew its registration with FINRA in fall 2016. Investors Capital has been named in 21 regulatory matters and a number of customer arbitrations. For more information on Investors Capital Corp, follow this link. 

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by John G. Chess 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

Hemant Kathuria-Euro Pacific Capital Broker-Discloses Customer Arbitration Over Private Placement Investments-El Segundo, CA

May 2017- El Segundo, CA

The FINRA records of  Hemant Kathuria ,  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by  Euro Pacific Capital disclose 1 pending customer dispute and 3 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.

In currently pending FINRA arbitration 16-2859 a customer of Euro Pacific Capital alleges damages of $791,608 for negligence, suitability, intentional misrepresentations and omissions; fraud, control person liability, breach of fiduciary duty, failure to supervise, violations of the California Securities Act, and other claims between 1/2010-6/2014. The investment products complained of include mutual funds, oil and gas investments , promissory notes and private placements.

 

Hemant Kathuria has been employed by Euro Pacific Capital since 8/2007.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Hemant Kathuria 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

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Dennis Rasmusson- Former VSR Financial Broker- Discloses Customer Disputes-Scottsdale, AZ

April 2017- Scottsdale, AZ

The FINRA records of  Dennis D. Rasmusson,  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by  Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc.  and was previously employed by VSR Financial Services, disclose a prior regulatory event and two 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 arbitration 15-00152 a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $500,000 for failure to follow instructions, trading excessively, breach of fiduciary duties, unsuitable investments, negligence, misrepresentation,  breach of contract and violations of the Nebraska Securities Act from 10/2011 to 12/2013 in connection with equity listed common and preferred stocks.   That case was settled for $110,000.

In FINRA arbitration 13-02971 a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $81,000 for portfolio mismanagement from 3/2011- 2013.   That case was settled for $34,000.

In 2011 he was fined $12,500 by the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance to resolve allegations that he failed to record and maintain books and records and failed to maintain required net capital and policies and procedures manual.

Rasmusson has been employed by Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services since 3/2014. Prior to that he was employed by VSR Financial Services from 2/2011 until 3/2014. He discloses a business affiliation with Rasmusson Financial Group, Scottsdale, AZ.

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 criticized 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.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , 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.

 VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage ServicesSee this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Dennis Rasmusson 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

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Timothy Hawkins- Former VSR Financial Services Broker – Discloses Customer Dispute-Ankeny, IA

April 2017- Ankeny, IA

The FINRA records  of  Timothy J. Hawkins,  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by  Broker Dealer Financial Services, Inc.  and was previously employed by VSR Financial Services, disclose 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 arbitration 13-01960 a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $300,000 for breach of contract, unsuitable investments and negligence, from 2005 to 2008 in connection with Direct Investments and limited partnerships in  Oil and Gas and Real Estate Securities.     That case was settled for $55,000.

Hawkins has been employed by Broker Dealer Financial Services, Inc.  since 8/2016.   Prior to that he was employed by VSR Financial Services from 1/2000 until 8/2016. Hawkins discloses  business affiliations with Lexaurum Advisors in Overland Park, KS, and The Masters Group located in Ankeny, IA.

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 criticized 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.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , 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.

 VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage ServicesSee this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Timothy J. Hawkins 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

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870