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Texas Financial Planners Sanctioned by Certified Financial Planning Board-Dec. 2017 Update

UPDATED December 2017

According to their website, the “Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
Board is a non-profit organization acting in the public interest by fostering professional standards in personal financial planning through its setting and enforcement of the education, examination, experience, ethics and other requirements for CFP. “

The CFP Board can discipline those holding the CFP title in one of three ways:

  • Public Letter of Admonition
  • Temporary Suspension of CFP
    certification
  • Revocation of individual’s CFP
    certification

The list below, taken from the CFP board disciplinary page of their website in DECEMBER 2017, is a historical record of individuals from Texas who have been disciplined by CFP Board and does not imply that any listed discipline is currently in force. To verify an
individual’s current certification status visit the CFP website here.

Administrative Revocation
Marcus C. Rodriguez (Houston)

Revocations
Nicole Y. Allen (Dallas)
Charles I. Alvarez (Houston)
Jeffrey W. Baum (Lubbock)
Farrish E. Betton (Houston)
Texas Craig R. Brockman (Plano)
Robert Carpenter (Wylie)
Mark W. Chuckran (Spring)
Jerrell J. Cosby (Fort Worth)
David Disraeli (Cedar Park)
Kathryn B. Farland (Plano)
Gordon Fiddes (Arlington)
A. Ken Flake, Sr. (Houston)
John J. Forsberg (Dallas)
Larry B. Groover (Dallas)
Douglas J. Hellie (San Antonio)
A. James Lynn (Dallas)
William H. Matthews (Dallas)
Jay C. Miles (Brenham/Chappell Hill)
Julia Carolyn Norton (San Antonio)
Solomon O. Onita (Houston)
Hymie Orlin (Houston)
Paul O. Ptak (Carrollton)
Lawrence L. Richter (San Antonio)
Terrence P. Riely (San Antonio)
Ralph R. Rush (El Paso)
Richard J. Suydam (Austin)
Brian P. Troy (Keller)
Travis D. Wakeley (Hurst)

Suspensions
Noor Amirali (Houston)
Matthew J. Anderson (Austin)
Brian W. Armstrong (Cleburne)
Gilbert J. Baker (Houston)
C. W. Biggs (Denton)
Richard D. Blair (Bee Cave)
Russell K. Childs (Spring)
Thomas M. Couch Jr. (Houston)
Craig A. Curry (Houston)
Kenneth W. Dresel (Midland)
Daniel P. Hensley (San Antonio)
Kyle Holland (Austin)
Carl E. Jones (Euless)
M.F. “Mickey” Long (Plano)
Texas Lance R. McCollum (Itasca)
Marianne Springer Miller (San Antonio)
Jeremy B. Stauss (Fort Worth)
John Howard Towers (Plano)
Roger D. Stevenson (San Benito)

Interim Suspension
Brian P. Troy (Keller)

Letters of Admonition
Douglas Wayne Blankenship (Addison)
Donald H. Christie (Waco)
Gerald S. Cohn (San Antonio)
Kerwyn N. Escayg (Webster)
Alan Goldfarb (Dallas)
Patricia Bisch Green (Houston)
Travis Hughes (El Paso)
Greer A. Kendall (Dallas)
MF “Mickey” Long, II (Plano)
Sidney J. Lorio (Bedford)
Sharon R. Luker (Plano)
Linnie Logan Phebus (Austin)
Keith D. Powell (Austin)
Lee A. Przybyla (San Antonio)
David L. Rhodes (Bryan)
Brian W. Sak (Magnolia)
Sean C. Thomas (Grapevine)
George M. Warner (Rockwall)

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

Study by Regulators Confirms That Elderly Are Most Vulnerable to Financial Abuse/Fraud

August 2017

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) recently released a study showing that financial fraud on the elderly has increased, despite increased awareness and regulatory attempts to protect senior citizens.

Key findings in the study, which can be accessed here, are:

  • Most cases are undetected until it is too late.
  • Awareness is increasing, but fraud is not decreasing.
  • The industry is not doing enough proactively to protect its senior citizen customers.

In a prior survey of more than 60 brokerage firms, it was found that over half (54%) of the firms did not have a formal policy defining senior citizens and less than half (41%) had developed a form for customers to identify an emergency or trusted contact person.

Findings confirm that those ages 70 and older are the most vulnerable to financial fraud.

If you have questions about how your account has been handled or suspect that the account of a senior citizen relative or friend has been abused, call for a no charge consultation with an experienced securities attorney.

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 learn about your options.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

William B. Wyman-Former Royal Alliance Assoc. Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-Palm Bay, FL

April 2017- Palm Bay, FL

The FINRA records of  William B. Wyman ,  a  former stockbroker who was  employed by  Royal Alliance Associates disclose a prior regulatory event,  a pending customer dispute, two prior customer disputes and an outstanding judgment.

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 2017 Wyman was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA for failing to respond to information requests from FINRA leading to suspension and then a bar after he failed to request termination of his suspension.

In the currently pending matter a customer of Royal Alliance Associates seeks damages of $97,500 and alleges negligence in connection with an investment in a pool hall/bar that was sold away from the firm.

 

William Wyman was employed by Royal Alliance Associates from 7/2000-2/2016 and then by Ameriprise Financial 2/2016-11/2016.

If you have questions about an account  handled by William Wyman 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

Newbridge Securities Fined $499,000 by Securities Regulator Over Structured Products-Boca Raton, FL

August 2017- Boca Raton, FL

Boca Raton, FL based brokerage firm Newbridge Securities Corp. was fined $499,000 by Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities for failure to supervise a broker in connection with the sale of structured products to Pennsylvania residents.

According to the Consent Agreement and Order, from January 2012-December 2016, Newbridge did not maintain a reasonable system for applying and enforcing written procedures pertaining to their sales of structured products by one agent in Pennsylvania.

This is not the first time Newbridge Securities has encountered regulatory problems. Their FINRA record discloses 28 prior regulatory events .

Newbridge Securities has over 80 locations nationwide. Recent SEC filings report total revenue in 2016 of $26 million with a net loss of $487,738.

If you have questions about losses in an account at Newbridge Securities, call to learn how you may be able to recover damages.

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

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Texas Securities Board Appoints New Commissioner-Austin, TX

August 2017-Austin, Texas

Travis J. Lies was appointed Securities Commissioner of the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) effective September 1, 2017. Lies has worked for the TSSB for 16 years and has been serving as Deputy Commissioner for the past year. He will succeed current Commissioner John Morgan who will retire August 31 after 33 years with TSSB.

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

Wedbush Securities Ordered to Pay Customer $1.8M For Elder Abuse-Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA-July 2017

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel comprised of three public arbitrators ordered Wedbush Securities to pay two former customers (husband and wife) compensatory damages of $250,000. In addition the arbitration panel, who found that Wedbush subjected the couple to elder abuse,  awarded punitive damages of over $1 million and attorney fees of $277,000 pursuant to the California Elder Abuse and Adult Civil Protective Act, interest and costs.

The former customers alleged a number of causes of action, including unsuitable recommendations, failure to supervise the broker, misrepresentation and elder abuse in connection with investments in long term municipal bonds and structured certificates of deposit. Dancy, et al vs. Wedbush Securities, FINRA Case #16-0847.

FINRA ARBITRATION

Arbitration is similar to going to court, however it is generally less costly and a shorter process than court litigation. Most cases are resolved in about 12-14 months. If you have losses in your brokerage account which you believe are the result of negligent or fraudulent advice given to you by the broker, or if you believe your broker has made trades in your account without your permission (unauthorized trading) call to learn how 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

Stephen Hatch-Texas Real Estate Investor Sentenced to Five Years on Ponzi Scheme Targeting Christians

The Arizona Republic reports that Texan Stephen J. Hatch, 68, pleaded guilty to felony fraud and was sentenced to five years for operating a $70 million Ponzi scheme that targeted Christians who were promised double digit returns on real estate investments.

According to the press release, Hatch solicited investments in partnerships named after biblical verses and sent emails containing biblical quotes to his investor victims. Hatch told investors he was already a wealthy man and that he didn’t need the money but rather was trying to help them make money in the name of God.

Rather than use the victim’s money to invest in real estate as represented, Hatch used it for extravagant salaries for his children and friends, an investment in a restaurant, luxury items for himself, including a California ranch.

AFFINITY FRAUD

This type of fraud is known as ‘affinity fraud’Affinity fraud refers to investment scams that prey upon members of identifiable groups, such as religious or ethnic communities, the elderly, or professional groups. See this for more information about affinity fraud. 

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