Category Archives: Annuities

Robert Hudson-Former VSR Financial Services Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute Over Annuity Purchase-Essex Junction, VT

April 2017-Essex Junction, VT

The FINRA records of  Robert J. Hudson, Jr.  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently  employed by  Summit Brokerage Services  disclose 2 prior regulatory events, a pending customer dispute, a prior final customer dispute and a termination from employment.

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 February 2017 a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $250,000 in connection with the sale/surrender of annuities that triggered substantial tax liabilities for 2010-2015. That matter is currently pending.

Robert Hudson has been employed by Summit Brokerage Services since 9/2016. Prior to that he was employed by VSR Financial Services from 8/2006-11/2016. Hudson discloses a business affiliation with Strategic Wealth Services.

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.

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 Robert Hudson  or have losses on alternative investments purchased from VSR Financial Services 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

Tom Parks, Jr.-Former Ameriprise Broker-Discloses Numerous Customer Disputes Over Oil & Gas Master Ltd. Partnerships-Stephenville, TX

April 2017-Stephenville, TX 

According to publicly available records Tom Gilliam Parks, Jr. , (CRD#1558909) ,  a  stockbroker who is not currently registered and who last was employed by Ameriprise Financial Services  discloses 14 pending customer disputes, 8 prior final customer disputes and a termination from employment.

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 include:

  • FINRA arbitration 17-0563 in which an Ameriprise customer alleges damages of $113,486 for unsuitable investments, including investments in annuities
  • FINRA arbitration 17-0026 in which an Ameriprise customer alleges damages of $335,000 for unsuitable investments in mutual funds and oil & gas master limited partnerships
  • FINRA arbitration 16-03649 in which an Ameriprise customer alleges damages of $180,000 for unsuitable investments in  oil & gas master limited partnerships
  • FINRA arbitration 16-03125 in which an Ameriprise customer alleges damages of $101,000 for unsuitable investments in  oil & gas master limited partnerships, a closed end mutual fund and a business development company (BDC)

Six of the prior final customer disputes have been resolved by cash settlements, including:

  • FINRA Case 16-03529 in which an Ameriprise customer alleged damages of $95,000 for unsuitable investments in oil & gas master limited partnerships, and a  RiverSource variable universal life policy. That case was settled for $50,000.
  • FINRA Case 16-01069 in which an Ameriprise customer alleged damages of $244,000 for unsuitable investments in equities, funds and oil & gas master limited partnerships. That case was settled for $175,000.
  • FINRA Case 16-0653 in which an Ameriprise customer alleged damages of $148,000 for unsuitable investments in an annuity, an exchange traded fund (ETF) mutual funds and oil & gas master limited partnerships. That case was settled for $70,000.

Tom Parks was employed by Ameriprise Financial Services from 12/1993-4/2016. In 4/2016 Parks was ‘permitted to resign’ from Ameriprise who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Registered representative resigned while on heightened supervision for violations of company policy related to suitability, client disclosure and outgoing correspondence.”

If you have losses in an account handled by Tom Parks, Jr. you may be able to recover damages from his former employer 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.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Neal Moon-Former Waddell & Reed Broker-Discloses Settlement and Termination from Employment-Dallas, TX

April 2017-Dallas, TX 

According to publicly available records Neal Charles Moon, (CRD#3271716) ,  a  stockbroker who is not currently registered and who last was employed by  Waddell & Reed  discloses a prior regulatory event, a prior final customer dispute and a termination from employment.

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 4/2017 Moon was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that Moon participated in private securities transactions without providing written notice to his member firm. In addition the complaint alleged that Moon lied to firm investigators when first questioned about the private securities transactions.

In FINRA 2/2014 a customer of Waddell & Reed alleged unspecified damages of in connection with the advice they were given regarding the surrender of an annuity and the tax consequences associated therewith. That case was settled for $16,929.

In 9/2015, Moon was ‘permitted to resign’ from Waddell & Reed who made the following allegation on Moon’s FINRA record: “RR admitted involvement in an undisclosed private securities transaction.”

Moon was employed by Waddell & Reed from 10/2009-10/2015.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Neal Moon  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

James T. Flynn-Former Voya Financial Advisors Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes / Outstanding Liens-Greenville, SC

April 2017-Greenville, SC

The FINRA records of  James T. Flynn ,  a  former Voya Financial Advisors stockbroker  disclose a pending customer dispute, 4 prior final customer disputes, a termination from employment and 3 outstanding judgment/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 currently pending matter,  a customer of Voya Financial and Brookstone Securities alleges damages in connection with a $575,000 investment in annuities and real estate investment trust (REITs) which they allege were unsuitable.

In February 2017  Flynn was discharged from Voya Financial Advisors who made the following allegation in connection therewith: “The representative provided misleading information to the Firm during a complaint investigation” related to a variable annuity.

Flynn discloses Federal Tax Liens of $256,165 and $18,837.

Jim Flynn is currently registered with IFS Securities. He was registered with Voya Financial Advisors 5/2013-2/2017, Capital Investment Group in Greer, SC, 7/2011-6/2013 and Brookstone Securities 9/2006-7/2011. He discloses a business affiliation with Flynn Insurance Group and Flynn Wealth Management.

If you have questions about an account  handled by James  (Jim) T. Flynn  , contact us to discuss 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

Walter J. Marino-Former Legend Equities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Event and Numerous Customer Disputes

April 2017-

The FINRA records of  Walter J. Marino ,  a  former Legend Equities stockbroker who is currently not registered disclose a pending regulatory matter, 3 pending customer disputes, 9 prior final customer disputes, and 3 terminations from employment.

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 has filed a complaint against Marino alleging that he recommended unsuitable exchanges of variable annuities to two customers without having reasonable basis for recommending the transactions. Marino earned commissions of about $60,000 on the transactions. One of the customers suffered a surrender charge of over $82,000 by following the recommendation to exchange the annuity.

To evade supervisory scrutiny, Marino lied to his member firm about the source of the funds for the annuity, indicating the source to be a check rather than an exchange, according to FINRA. FINRA case 2015046537501

Marino discloses cash settlements in nine prior customer disputes, with settlement payments ranging as high as $225,000.

In one of the currently pending matters,  a customer of Legend Equities Corp alleges damages of $264,101 for misrepresentation and for charging excessive fees in the customer’s 403B account.

In October 2016 Marino was discharged from Lincoln Investment who alleged that Marino made an unsuitable recommendation to surrender an annuity without knowing the surrender fees that would be incurred.

In July 2015 Marino was discharged from Legend Equities who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “firm discovered what rep. presented as a non-replacement VA sale was in fact a replacement”.  

In August 2001 Marino voluntarily resigned from Brill Securities after a customer complained that he engaged in unauthorized trading and disregarded the customer’s investment objectives.

Walter J. Marino  was employed by Legend Equities from 7/2002-7/2015. He was with Lincoln Investment 10/2015-10/2016 and then with Benjamin Securities 11//2016-12/2016.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Walter J. Marino  , 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

Willbanks Securities Ordered to Pay Customer Over $1M on Annuity Purchase

April 2017-Salt Lake City, UT

An all public, three member FINRA arbitration panel ordered Wilbanks Securities to pay  a former customer compensatory damages of $536,720 together with a like amount of punitive damages, for a total award of nearly $1.1 million dollars.

The customer brought an action for common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent supervision, violation of the Colorado Securities Act and other claims related to the purchase of an ING Variable Annuity.  FINRA Case 16-0226, Huitt v Wilbanks Securities, Inc.

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.

Investors who have suffered losses due to the negligence and/or fraud of a stockbroker may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration, a process that is much more expedient than court based litigation. Call for 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 C. Stewart-Former VSR Financial Services Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute-Shawnee, KS

April 2017-Shawnee, KS

The FINRA records of  Daniel C. Stewart ,  a  stockbroker who was formerly  employed by  VSR Financial Services  disclose 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.

Stewart , who operates Professional Financial Concepts  in Shawnee, KS discloses that  a complaint filed by a VSR Financial Services customer in 10/2016 alleges damages of $40,000. The customer alleges that Stewart was instructed to move the account to cash in 11/2015 but failed to do so until 1/2016 causing the loss.

Stewart was registered with VSR Financial Services from 12/2006-11/2016 and is currently registered with Summit Brokerage Services, a related entity .

See this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.

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 similar to United Development Funding. 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.

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.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Daniel C. Stewart or another broker who was employed by VSR Financial Services , 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