Category Archives: Penny Stocks

SEC Charges 13 with Fraud Boiler Room Scam Targeting Senior Citizens-Long Island

July 2017

Thirteen individuals from two Long Island-based boiler rooms were charged with securities fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission who alleges that they made hundreds of thousands of cold calls, many of which targeted senior citizens.

The SEC press release makes quite a few shocking allegations and demonstrates just how far the unscrupulous will go to take advantage of the general public, for example:

  • It is estimated that over $10 million was scammed from innocent and unknowing victims.
  • A boiler room salesman allegedly claimed that Walt Disney Co. was buying into a company that would cause the penny stock he was touting to soar.
  • Victims were harassed and intimidated by sale personnel…One allegedly told a victim “Do you have any rope at home? If so tie a know and hang yourself or get a gun and blow your head off”.
  • The telemarketers would instruct victims to place trades and a specific price and number of shares and then the scammers would place opposing sell orders to dump their own shares.

Scott W. Friestad, Associate Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, added, “The defendants allegedly used boiler rooms and high-pressure sales tactics to swindle seniors into investing their life savings in microcap securities they were secretly manipulating for their own profit.  But, through a combination of technology and innovative investigative approaches, we were able to unravel the alleged scheme and prevent further investor harm.”

Defendants named in the SEC complaint are:

  • POWERTRADERSPRESS.COM, INC.
  • ELITE STOCK RESEARCH, INC.
  • ERIK MATZ
  • RONALD HARDY
  • ANTHONY VASSALLO
  • STEPHANIE LEE
  • JEFFREY CHARTIER
  • LAWRENCE D. ISEN
  • ROBERT GLECKMAN,\
  • MICHAEL WATTS
  • BRIAN HEEPKE
  • DENNIS J. VERDEROSA
  • EMIN COHEN
  • SERGIO RAMIREZ
  • ASHLEY ANTOS

If you were recommended to deal with any of these individuals by a registered stock broker, you may be able to recover damages from that broker’s employer. 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.

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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

WFG Investments Ignored Red Flags in San Antonio, TX , Branch

May 2017- San Antonio, TX

According to publicly available records Dallas, TX-based WFG Investments Inc. discloses 23 final regulatory events

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.

Most recently, in May 2017 FINRA  censured and fined WFG Investments $150,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to supervise appropriately the sales practices of one of its brokers in its San Antonio, Texas branch who engaged in unsuitable trading in the accounts of his customers, primarily by inappropriately concentrating the accounts in low priced securities.

According to the settlement agreement with FINRA the vast majority of the broker’s customers held substantial positions in four or five low-priced securities. Most of these customers had at least 80% of their accounts concentrated in low-priced securities and/or illiquid and highly speculative private placement and REIT investments. According to FINRA, these excessive concentrations existed irrespective of the customer’s financial situation, risk tolerance and/or investment objectives.

FINRA found that senior personnel at WFG were aware of red flags that the broker (who is only identified by the initials “MB” ) was engaged in unsuitable trading in low priced securities but failed to take steps to prevent it. FINRA AWC No. 2015045755003.

WFG Investments has been a FINRA member since 1988 and has over 200 registered representatives in 188 branch offices nationwide.

If you have questions about the way your account was handled at WFG Investments  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 A. Kemp Investigation-McNally Financial Services Broker-Corpus Christi, TX

June 2017 – Corpus Christi, Texas

According to publicly available records Mark A. Kemp  (CRD#2057200) ,  a  stockbroker who currently works for San Antonio-based McNally Financial Services Corp.  discloses a prior regulatory event, 7 prior customer disputes and 2 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.

IN 4/2012, Kemp was fined $5,000 and suspended five days by FINRA to resolve allegations that in 11/2009 while employed by NEXT Financial Group, he mismarked seven order tickets for a penny stock as unsolicited when, in fact, they were solicited. FINRA Case 2009018570501.

Prior customer disputes against Mark A. Kemp resulting in the payment of compensation include:

  • FINRA Case 9-5086-While employed by Hornor, Townsend and Kent a customer sought damages of $320,000 and alleged that Kemp engaged in unauthorized trading and recommended unsuitable securities and annuities inconsistent with their financial situation, risk tolerance and investment objectives. That case settled for $43,000.
  • FINRA Case 9-03476-A customer of Hornor, Townsend and Kent sought damages of $538,900 alleging that Kemp misled them about suitable strategies and investments, engaged in unauthorized transactions and failed to follow their directions. The case settled for $145,000.
  • Nueces County, TX,  Case 00-4498C- a group of customers of MONY Securities Corporation alleged that Kemp and others were engaged in the sale stock in Worldhome Industries. The customers alleged that none of the funds they invested went to the compan. That case was settled for $1,133,000.

Kemp has been employed  by McNally Financial Services since 4/2010.  He was previously employed by NEXT Financial Group, Hornor, Townsend & Kent and MONY Securities. Kemp discloses a business affiliation with Kemp Financial Services in Corpus Christi, TX.

In 11/1998 Kemp was discharged by MONY Securities who alleged that Kemp participated in selling of private, non approved, securities, “selling away”.

In 11/2009 Kemp was discharged by NEXT Financial Group who made the following allegation on Kemp’s FINRA record: “Solicitation of penny stock in violation of firm policy and failure to observe high standards of commercial order and equitable principal trade.” Kemp indicated on FINRA records that he was discharged because it was alleged that he solicited a penny stock against firm policy.

If you have losses in an account handled by Mark A. Kemp, 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

Abraham Heimann-Former Cetera Advisors Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes Seeking $3M-Alpharetta, GA

May 2017-Alpharetta, GA

According to publicly available records Abraham Heimann, (CRD#1315922) ,  a  stockbroker who is not currently registered with any brokerage firm discloses three currently 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.

In currently pending FINRA case #17-1009, a customer of Heimann while he was employed at Oppenheimer and then Cetera Advisors alleges damages of $30,000 against Cetera and $300,000 against Oppenheimer for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, failure to supervise, unauthorized trading, excessive fees, costs and commissions and negligence for the way his account was handled.

In currently pending FINRA case #17-0766, a customer of Heimann while he was employed at Oppenheimer and then Cetera Advisors alleges damages of $2,000,000 for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, failure to supervise, unauthorized trading, excessive fees, costs and commissions and negligence for the way his account was handled.

In currently pending FINRA case #15-03220 , another customer of Heimann while he was employed at Oppenheimer and then Cetera Advisors alleges damages of $876,195 for unsuitable investing, unauthorized trading, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation. The investments alleged to be unsuitable are oil & gas, penny stocks and medical investments.

Heimann was employed by Cetera Advisors  from 6/2013-2/2016.  He was with Oppenheimer & Co. from 1/2002-7/2013. Heimann discloses business affiliations with Alpha Insurance Mart, Global Investments LLC,  and Danlee International.

We are currently evaluating potential cases against the firms who employed Abraham Heimann.

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 Beloyan of Tradespot Markets Suspended by Securities Regulators-Davie, FL

December 2016-Davie, FL

The FINRA records of  Mark B. Beloyan,  a  stockbroker with Tradespot Markets, Inc. , disclose 3 prior regulatory events that are final and two financial disclosures.

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 May 2016 Beloyan was named in a FINRA complaint alleging that he recommended penny stocks and engaged in penny stock transactions without complying the regulations required by the Securities Exchange Act. In addition, FINRA alleged that Beloyan sent customers suitability statements without first documenting an affirmative determination of suitability on the document in violation of industry rules and then altered information on the suitability forms.

Beloyan was suspended by FINRA in his capacity to function as a principal for 50 days. FINRA noted that “In light of Beloyan’s status, no monetary sanction has been imposed.”

In 2011, Beloyan was suspended for 2 months by FINRA in connection with the sale of unregistered shares and low priced stock. In 2012 Beloyan was suspended for 10 days for distribution of correspondence recommending the purchase of securities without providing a sound basis for his recommendation of the stock.

FINRA records indicate Beloyan settled two outstanding debts by compromise in 2012 and 2013.

 

Beloyan has been employed by Tradespot Markets, Inc. since 3/1992. He is also associated with Beloyan Investment Securities, Inc. in Davie, Florida.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Mark Beloyan , 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

Joshua L. Feldman-Aegis Capital Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes

New York

MAY 2017 UPDATEJoshua Feldman discloses that a customer of Aegis Capital Corp has file FINRA arbitration 17-0218 seeking damages of $110,000 and alleging that from January 2010-January 2017 Feldman made unsuitable investment recommendations and misrepresentations and or omissions concerning risk and material facts.

ORIGINAL POST August  2016

The FINRA records of Joshua L. Feldman ,  a  stock broker who is currently  employed  by Aegis Capital Corp.  , 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.

In the pending dispute, FINRA Case #16-0916, a customer of Aegis Capital alleges damages of $300,000 for  unsuitability in penny stocks and option transactions for the period from January 2011 through December 2015.

Feldman has been employed by Aegis Capital Corp. since 12/2011. Prior to that he was employed by First Midwest Securities from 1/2009-12/2011.

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