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Zachary Berkey-Former Four Points Capital Broker-Named in SEC Complaint-Melville, NY

January 2018-Melville, New York / Texas

Zachary S. Berkey , a currently unregistered stockbroker who last worked for Four Points Capital Partners, a Texas LLC, (Four Points) was named in a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in December 2017, which alleges that Berkey and another Four Points broker, Daniel T. Fischer, recommended a high cost, in and out trading strategy without reasonable basis to believe it was suitable for the customers.

The SEC alleges that Berkey and Fischer:

  •  were reckless in making such a recommendation which was not suitable given the customers’ financial needs, investment objectives and circumstances.
  • made material misrepresentations and omissions to customers

and that Fischer engaged in unauthorized trading.

Link to SEC complaint.

According to the SEC complaint, the ten customers accounts involved suffered losses of $573,867 while Berkey earned $106,000 and Fischer earned $175,000 in commissions.

According to FINRA records Berkey was employed by Four Points Capital Partners from 4/2013-1/2015. Prior to that he was employed by National Securities Corp. and before that Woodstock Financial Group.

Berkey discloses 4 prior customer disputes including a case settled in 2005 for $231,000 in which a customer alleged misrepresentation and churning.

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.

If you have questions about  an account handled by Zachary S. Berkey or if you have an account with Four Points Capital Partners that you think has been mishandled, 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

Cesar Rodriguez-Former Avenir Financial Group Broker- Discloses Customer Disputes & Termination- Wheaton, IL

August 2017, Wheaton, IL

According to publicly available records  Cesar Omar Rodriguez (CRD#4451732) , a former stockbroker who was previously registered with Avenir Financial Group, disclose a regulatory event , three prior customer disputes , two terminations from employment and an 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 April of 2015  Rodriquez  was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that “he defrauded investors by knowingly misrepresenting the true use of investors’ proceeds and improperly misusing investors’ funds for personal expenses unrelated to the operation of his member firm’s branch office…..”

In October of 2015, an  Avenir Financial Group  customer filed a complaint alleging unauthorized trading, breach of fiduciary duty, churning, manipulation, misrepresentation, suitability, negligence, indemnification, recovery of commissions, theft, swindling, and forgery.  Claimant alleged that Rodriguez purchased shares in his account and traded on his margin without permission.  Claimant further alleged that Rodriguez falsified account documents.   In FINRA case 15-02744 the Claimant was awarded the sum of $133,989.04 in compensatory damages, plus interest.   He was also awarded the sum of $22,500 in punitive damages, plus interest.

In April of 2015,  Rodriguez was discharged from Avenir Financial Group .

In November of 2008, Rodriguez was discharged from Charles Morgan Securities, Inc. who alleged that he violated the rules of the industry standards of conduct.

 Rodriguez was with Avenir Financial Group from July of 2013 until he was barred by FINRA in April of  2015.  His prior employment includes American Trust Investment Services, National Securities Corp. and Chicago Investment Group.   Rodriguez also discloses an affiliation with Bull Run Capital Holdings LLC.

If you have questions about an account handled by Cesar O. Rodriguez, 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.

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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Douglas E. Duncan-Former National Securities Corp. Broker- Discloses Customer Dispute-Westbury, NY

May 2017-Westbury, New York

The FINRA records of  Douglas E. Duncan ,  a  stockbroker who is currently  registered with PHX Financial  and Scottrade, Inc.  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 pending FINRA arbitration 16-0735, a customer of Duncan’s prior employer, National Securities Corp. alleges damages of $500,000 for breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation and negligence.

Douglas E. Duncan has been employed by PHX Financial since 5/2017 and Scottrade since 3/2016. His previous employments include Worden Capital Management 6/2015-3/2016, Four Points Capital Partners 4/2015-6/2015 and National Securities Corp. 9/2014-3/2015.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Douglas E. Duncan  , 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

National Securities Corporation Sanctioned by FINRA

December 4, 2014

National Securities Corporation entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA Case#2011025633901) to resolve allegations that they did not comply with filing requirements for reporting information on customer complaints and settlements.

NASD Conduct Rules require that brokerage firms promptly report the occurrence of reportable events, including settlement of securities related litigation with customers, arbitration or a customer claim for damages that has been resolved by an award exceeding $15,000. During the time period examined, National Securities filed reports that were between 1 and 520 days late.

National Securities consented to a censure and a fine of $35,000.

National Securities Corporation has been a FINRA member since 1947 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. They have about 139 branches and over 1100 registered persons nationwide.

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