Category Archives: TICs Tenant In Common Investments-1031 Exchanges

David A. Basinger-Former VSR Financial Services Broker-Investigation Over Alternative Investments-Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, Virginia

Rex Securities Law is investigating  broker David Alan Basinger  on behalf of a elderly, retired widow from Alexandria who was advised to purchase  limited partnerships, direct investments in oil & gas,  , real estate securities, and other investments which she believes were unsuitable, for her retirement accounts. Basinger was employed by VSR Financial Services during the relevant time period.

The investments include:

  • KBS REIT
  • NET REIT
  • Star Scientific stock

Basinger discloses one prior customer dispute and four outstanding liens to the Internal Revenue Service on his FINRA record.

According to public records, Basinger was employed by VSR Financial Services from 9/2003-6/2014. He is currently employed  by Ameriprise 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. 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.

Follow this link for additional information related to VSR Financial Service’s issues related to alternative investments.

VSR Financial closed down its operations in the fall of 2016, transferring most brokers and clients to Summit Brokerage Services, an affiliated entity.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by David A. Basinger 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 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-Overland Park, KS, Brokerage Firm- Shutting Down Operations

November 3, 2016-Overland Park, KS

The Kansas City Star reports that VSR Financial, which has been in business since 1984, it shutting down and moving its brokers and customers to other related firms in the Cetera Financial Group.

VSR Financial had about 215 brokers in 58 branches nationwide.

VSR has had several significant regulatory issues to deal with in the recent years:

Alternative Investment Issue

In May 2013, VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)  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.

For more information related to VSR Financial’s alternative investment issues, follow this link. 

Variable Annuity Sales Issue

In October 2016, VSR Financial was censured and fined $400,000 for various supervisory issues related to the sale of variable annuities to customers. Related entities Cetera Advisor Networks, Cetera Financial Specialists, First Allied Securities and Summit Brokerage Services were also sanctioned by FINRA for supervisory failures related to the sales of variable annuities.

Follow this link to 10/2016 VSR Financial FINRA Sanction for Variable Annuity Sales Violations

If you have losses in an account in an account at  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

Parks Brown, Jr.-Former VSR Financial Services Broker-Update on Investigation

December 2016- Marietta, Georgia

We continue our investigation of former VSR Financial Services broker Parks H. Brown, Jr. who operated  IM Portfolios, Inc.  in Marietta, Georgia,. Our client is of an elderly widow who alleges that Parks Brown recommended the purchase of numerous unsuitable investments resulting in significant losses to her retirement nest egg.

The investments include the following securities:

  • Exco Resources
  • Linn Energy
  • Rock Creek Pharma Inc.
  • Star Scientific, Inc. 

According to FINRA records Brown was registered with VSR Financial Services from 10/2005 until 7/2016.  As of December 5, 2016, Parks Brown is not currently registered with any brokerage firm.

Parks Brown was named in a FINRA arbitration in 2014 (#14-1744) by a VSR Financial Services customer who alleged unsuitable investments, churning, unauthorized trades and breach of fiduciary duty. That case was settled in 9/2015 for $71,500.

In 2001, Parks Brown, who at the time was working for A.G. Edwards,  was named in another arbitration ( NASD 01-1817) by a customer alleging unauthorized transactions, churning excessive concentration and violations of securities laws. A FINRA arbitration panel awarded  $229,839 to the customer.

VSR Financial’s Recent Regulatory Woes

NOVEMBER 2016-FINRA Censured and fined VSR Financial $400,000, required VSR pay restitution of $4.5 million and required that the firm conduct undertakings for supervisory failures related to the sale of annuity products.

MAY 2013- 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. 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 information you think may be helpful to our investigation, we would like to hear from you. If you have losses in an account handled by Parks Brown or losses in a VSR Financial Services account handled by another VSR broker , 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

NEXT Financial Group Settles Tenant in Common Case

October 2016

Next Financial Group, Inc. , a stock brokerage firm headquartered in Houston, Texas, recently settled a claim brought by a customer alleging damages of $4,000,000 for breach of fiduciary duty, common law fraud and negligent supervision in relation to recommendations that an investor purchase tenant in common (TIC) private placement investments. Tokena Corporation v NEXT Financial Group, FINRA Case 15-0762. 

In May 2016 that matter was settled for an undisclosed amount. Following the settlement, Charles Kulch a stock broker who has been registered with NEXT Financial since 10/2006, requested that the FINRA arbitration panel expunge his FINRA record of any reference to the customer dispute. The arbitration panel denied Kulch’s request for expungement.

According to his FINRA record, Charles Kulch of Nashua, New Hampshire, discloses 5 prior customer disputes and 4 prior regulatory events.  His prior customer disputes include a matter recently settled in May 2016 for $120,000. In that case a customer of Kulch’s prior employer Investors Capital Corp. alleged damages for poor performance in a real estate security.

If you have questions about losses in an account handled by Charles Kulch, 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

Roger B. Deal-Former Royal Alliance Broker-Discloses $3.2M Customer Dispute over Real Estate Investment

July 2016- Columbus, Nebraska

The FINRA records of Roger B. Deal  , a stock broker currently employed by Geneos Wealth Management , disclose  a currently 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 a currently pending case CL14-7646, in the District Court of Douglas County Nebraska, a customer while Deal was employed by Royal Alliance Associates, alleges damages of $3.2 million in connection with an investment in a real estate tenant in common investment (TIC) that the former customer alleges was purchased based on misrepresentations and which is also unsuitable.

Deal has been employed by Geneos Wealth Management since 9/2014. Prior to that he was employed by Royal Alliance Associates from 6/2001-9/2014.

If you have losses in an account handled by Roger B. Deal, 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Gary L. Glover-Former Ameriprise Broker-Disputes Customer Dispute Over Tenant in Common Investment

July 2016- John Creek, Georgia

The FINRA records of Gary L. Glover  , a stock broker currently employed by Concorde Investment Services, disclose  a prior final customer dispute,  2 pending customer disputes, a prior final financial event and a currently outstanding judgment/lien.

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 one of the pending FINRA Cases, #15-02046, a customer while Glover was employed by Ameriprise Financial Services alleges damages of $800,000 for alleged unsuitable investments in two tenant in common investments:

  • The Enclave at Deep River Plantation Apartments
  • 116 Defense Highway, Annapolis Maryland

Glover has been employed by Concorde Investment Services since 1/2016. He was employed by Sterne Agee Financial Services from 11/2011-1/2016.

If you have losses in an account handled by Gary L. Glover , you may be able to collect damages from his former employer.

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

 

Barry W. Lemay-Former VSR Financial Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute Over Alternative Investments

Campbell, CA

According to FINRA records,  Barry W. Lemay  a stockbroker  who  formerly worked for VSR Financial Services discloses  9 final customer disputes and  one 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 currently pending FINRA Case 15-01649,  a customer while Lemay was employed by VSR Financial  Services alleges damages of $2,822,797 and alleges Lemay was negligent, breached his fiduciary duty and made unsuitable recommendations in tenant in common investments from 2003-2008.

Four of the prior customer disputes have resulted in monetary settlements, including:

  • FINRA Case 15-0044 in which a VSR Financial Services customer alleged damages of $1 million for unsuitable investments in limited partnerships, oil & gas investments and real estate securiteis. That case was settled for $255,000.
  • FINRA Case 10-3130 in which a VSR Financial Services customer alleged damages of $737,200 for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and misrepresentation. That case was settled for $299,000.

Lemay is currently employed by Concorde Investment Services. 

In July 2013, FINRA fined VSR Financial $550,000 for over concentrating  alternative investments in customer accounts. See this for more information.

We have represented a number of people with claims against VSR Financial Services over during the past several years. Follow this link for more information on our investigation into the sales practices of VSR Financial Services.

If you have questions about an account handled  by Barry W. Lemay, 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