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Jason H. LeBlanc-Former Girard Securities Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-Fulshear, TX

September 2017 -Fulshear, Texas

According to publicly available records Jason H. LeBlanc (CRD#2483182) , a  former stockbroker who was last employed by Girard Securities , disclose  a prior regulatory event,  3 prior customer disputes and a termination.

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 June 2017 LeBlanc was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that he failed to disclose several outside business activities and provided inaccurate information about an outside business activity to Girard Securities.

The FINRA findings, which LeBlanc consented to without admitting or denying state:

  • LeBlanc misused customer funds by applying a customer’s money to an an investment other that the one he represented to her
  • LeBlanc sold a promissory note from one customer to another for $23,000
  • The second customer was led to believe she was investing in a coffee shop, instead LeBlanc returned $3,000 to the customer and invested the remaining $20,000 in a real estate investment company, without informing the customer
  • LeBlanc misused customer funds by commingling personal and customer funds

LeBlanc was employed by Girard Securities 4/2009-9/2015. He was discharged by Girard in 9/2015 when they learned of his outside business activities.

If you have questions about an account handled by Jason H. LeBlanc,  contact us to discuss your options.

Girard Securities is a part of the Cetera Financial Group. Girard has been a FINRA member since 1988 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA. The company has about 478 registered persons in 139 branch offices nationwide.

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.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

VSR Financial Services-How to Recover Damages On Investment Losses

FEBRUARY 2017 UPDATEVSR Financial has closed operations. Many of its brokers and clients have been transferred to Summit Brokerage Services, a related entity. See below for discussion of VSR’s regulatory issues related to the sale of real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil and gas partnerships and other alternative investments.

 

ORIGINAL POST June 2016—Overland, Kansas

VSR Financial Services will be closing down and transferring some of its brokers and current clients to another firm within the Cetera network of broker dealers, according to a spokesman for Cetera Financial Group.

RCS Capital, Cetera’s parent has been in bankruptcy and this consolidation is part of their restructuring. The company has indicated it will also close down Investors Capital Corp. , another small independent broker dealer as well. It is expected that most of the current brokers of VSR and Investors Capital will be asked to join Summit Brokerage Services, which is headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.

VSR’s  Alternative Investment Problem

VSR is well known for its sales of alternative investments such as non-traded REITs, equipment leasing programs, oil & gas drilling programs, promissory notes and commodity funds. In 2013, VSR and its president Donald Beary, were sanctioned by FINRA in connection with the sale of alternative investments. VSR paid a fine of $550,000.

Recovery of Investment Losses From VSR

Over the past several years we have represented a number of investors, mostly retirees, who were recommended alternative investments with the promise of steady, dependable income and minimal risk.

Follow this link for other postings related to VSR’s alternative investment issues. 

If you have suffered losses as a result of investing in alternative investments that were recommended to you by a VSR Financial Services broker (including, but not limited to John Towers, Dennis Van Patter, Mickey Long, Parks Brown, Jr. or Keith Bradley) , we may be able to help you recover damages.

Time is of the essence, so if you have a claim, you would be wise to pursue immediately.

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

J.P. Turner to Shut Down, Most Brokers Headed to Summit Brokerage Services

July 30, 2015

The Investment News reports that brokerage firm J.P. Turner is being closed down and that about half of its 300 brokers have been invited to join Summit Brokerage Services. J.P. Turner and Summit are both owned by Cetera Financial Group.

RCS Capital Corp acquired J.P. Turner and Summit during 2014 which placed them under the Cetera umbrella of companies. According the report, due to the number of disclosure items on J.P. Turner’s FINRA records, Pershing, the clearing firm , would not let it join their platform.

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

Cetera To Buy Walnut Street/Tower Square Securities

Cetera Financial Group announced April 5, 2013, that they are purchasing  two independent broker dealers, Tower Square Securities and Walnut Street Securities, from MetLife Inc. Cetera Financial Group currently includes:

  • Cetera Advisors Network (formerly Financial Network Investment Corp.)
  • Cetera Financial Institutions (formerly PrimeVest Financial Services)
  • Cetera Financial Specialists (formerly Genworth Financial)

The acquisition of Walnut Street and Tower Square will bring another 800 financial advisors to Cetera , for a total of over 7000, and is a continuation of Cetera’s expansion efforts. Cetera Financial Group will have over $130 billion in client assets following the merger of Walnut Street and Tower Square into Cetera Advisors Network.

Cetera began its independent broker dealer venture in 2010 by purchasing several broker dealers from ING, the Dutch insurer and last year acquired Genworth Financial Investment Services, now called Cetera Financial Specialists.

MetLife will still be in the independent broker-dealer industry with its two other broker-dealers MetLife Securities, Inc. and New England Securities, Inc. 

Rex Securities Law is a securities fraud , stockbroker negligence law firm that has been helping individual investors recover investment losses for 25 years. If you think you are the victim of securities fraud or if you believe you were sold an unsuitable investment, contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal rights. You may be able to recover some or all of your losses through FINRA arbitration. See this for more information on FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , located in Boca Raton, FL, 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.

Rex Securities Law

561 391 1900

Cetera Renames Its Four Broker Dealers

At the end of 2012, Cetera Financial Group announced that it would be rebranding its four broker-dealers by changing the names of those companies.

The former names of the companies and their new names are:

  • Financial Network Investment Corp.  is now Cetera Advisor Networks.
  • Multi-Financial Securities Corp is now Cetera Advisors.
  • PrimeVest Financial Services is now Cetera Financial Institutions.
  • Genworth Financial is now Cetera Financial Specialists.

Cetera Financial Group has  over 6,500 independent financial professionals nationwide and are headquartered in El Segundo, CA.

If you have questions or complaints about your brokerage account, do no hesitate to contact us. We have been assisting investors nationwide with the recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of financial professionals for 25 years.

Rex Securities Law , located in Boca Raton, FL, 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.

Rex Securities Law

561 391 1900