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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.

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David G. Menashe-Former Joseph Stone Capital Broker-Sanctioned by Securities Regulator for Excessive Trading-New York

July 2017-New York

The FINRA records of  David G. Menashe ,  a  stockbroker who is currently  employed by  Newbridge Securities Corp. , disclose a  prior regulatory event.

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 2017 Menashe was sanctioned by the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance for excessive trading and unauthorized trading. The Notice of Proposed Agency Action and Opportunity for Hearing contains various conclusions of law, including the following:

  • Respondents Joseph Stone, Spadaro, Menashe, Maggio and Barrish violated 6.10401(1)(K) when they charged total commissions of $239,260.02 out of the $877,492.99 principal originally invested by Montana clients, or 28% of their total investment. 

Menashe entered into a Consent Agreement with the Montana regulator and agreed to pay restitution of $15,000.

Menashe was employed by Joseph Stone Capital from 2/2013-1/2017. Prior to that he was employed by First Midwest Securities.

If you have questions about an account handled by David G. Menashe, call to learn about 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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Dominic J. Linsalata-Newbridge Securities Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Dispute-Boca Raton, FL

May 2017-Boca Raton, FL

The FINRA records of  Dominic J. Linsalata Jr.  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Newbridge Securities disclose a customer dispute that was settled.

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 FINRA arbitration #15-02669 a customer of Dawson James Securities alleged damages of $340,000 for unsuitable recommendations. That case was settled for $175,000 in 3/2017.

Linsalata has been employed by Newbridge Securities  since 7/2016. He was with Dawson James from 10/2102-8/2016 and with Chelsea Financial Services from 1/2012-7/2012.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Michael J. Romanelli  , 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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Brent Porges-Former Meyers Assoc. Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes & Regulatory Investigations

August 2016- New York

The FINRA records of  Brent Porges,  a  former stock broker who is currently not licensed   disclose  a currently pending regulatory matter, a prior regulatory matter, 4 prior customer disputes, a currently pending customer dispute and 6 outstanding liens.

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 regulatory matter 2015044823501, Porges is a named respondent in a complaint alleging that, while employed by Craig Scott Capital,  he failed to establish and maintain a reasonable supervisory system to prevent excess trading and churning in customer accounts. The complaint alleges that despite numerous ‘red flags, Porges did little to monitor brokers and prevent churning of customer accounts. In addition the complaint alleges that Porges lied, under oath, and in written responses to FINRA requests for information.

FINRA cancelled the license of Craig Scott Capital in January 2016.

In currently pending FINRA Case#15-0600 a customer of Craig Scott Capital alleges damages of $900,000 for breach of contract, negligence and failure to supervise.

Three of the currently outstanding liens disclosed by Porges are in favor of the Internal Revenue Service.

Porges prior employment history includes:

  • Meyers Associates                      3/2016-8/2016
  • Newbridge Securities                 11/2015-1/2016
  • Newbridge Securities                 10/2015-10/2015
  • Craig Scott Capital                       1/2012-10/2015

If you have losses in an account handled or supervised by Brent Porges you may be able to recover damages from his former employer 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Gerald Cocuzzo-Former Newbridge Securities Broker-Indicted For Securities Fraud

May 2016-Boca Raton, FL

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2016-Gerald Cocuzzo pleads guilty to securities fraud. Link to US Attorneys office press release. 

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.

According to FINRA records,  Gerald J. Cocuzzo discloses:

  • A  pending criminal charge for Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud, Securities Fraud, Money Laundering Conspiracy and Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud. See this release dated May 3, 2016 from the US Attorney’s office for Eastern District of New York.
  • 1 pending civil event-See this SEC Litigation Release announcing fraud charges against Cocuzzo.
  • Seven prior settled customer complaints .
  • Termination by Newbridge Securities in May 2016 after indictment from the US District Court for Eastern District of NY.
  • Internal Revenue Service Lien of $226,387 for tax years 2011, 2012, 2013, filed in Palm Beach county courthouse.

According to FINRA records,Cocuzzo  was  registered with Newbridge Securities from 12/2014-5/2016. Prior to that he was registered with IAA Financial from 9/2009-1/2015.

If you have questions about an account handled by Gerald J. Cocuzzo  contact us to discuss your options and 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Andrew Corbman-Former Kovack Securities Broker-Named in $1.3M Complaint

April 2016- South Florida

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.

FINRA records are public and can be accessed on the BrokerCheck website. 

The FINRA records of Andrew S Corbman report that a customer has filed FINRA arbitration #16-498 seeking damages of $1,300,000 for unauthorized and unsuitable investments being made in their account while Corbman was employed by Kovack Securities, Inc. The investments involved are OTC equities and penny stocks.

Earlier this year Corbman was sanctioned by FINRA to resolve allegations that while he was employed by FSC Securities, he made unsuitable recommendations to three customers that were inconsistent with their investment objectives and risk tolerance.

FINRA records indicate that Corbman was registered with Newbridge Securities since 11/2015-3/2016. He was registered with Kovack Securities from 1/2011-11/2015. Prior to that he was registered with FSC Securities from 2/2008-1/2011. 

Corbman was discharged by FSC Securities who made the following statement on Corbman’s official FINRA record:

“The registered representative violated firm policies, including the use of unapproved advertising, failure to utilize required firm sale practice forms and was found to have utilized an unapproved email address.”

If you have losses in an account handled by Andrew Corbman, 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Brian Berger Facing Wire Fraud Charges-Coral Springs, FL

UPDATE October 2016-BRIAN BERGER FACES WIRE FRAUD CHARGES. The Sun Sentinel reports that Brian M. Berger, 39, of Coral Springs, pleaded not guilty to three wire fraud charges in federal court in West Palm Beach, FL. Berger worked for several local brokerage firms prior to being barred from the industry as per our prior post from July 2015, below.

July 25, 2015- Coral Springs, Florida

Brian Michael Berger  entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that he failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations that he misappropriated funds from elderly customers while registered with Wells Fargo Advisors and MetLife Securities.

AWC NO. 2015045725201

Berger   was  barred from the industry.

According to FINRA records, Berger was registered with Wells Fargo Advisors in Boca Raton from 7.2010-7/2014 and with MetLife Securities from 7/2014-4/2015. After that he was briefly registered with Newbridge Securities from 4/2015-6/2015.

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