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Dallas Oil & Gas Promoters-SourceRock Companies-Subject of TX State Securities Board Order

February 2018-Dallas, Texas

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) entered an Emergency Cease and Desist Order against Jason A. Gilbert and Parker R. Hallam who are doing business through SourceRock Energy Phoenix Prospect LP, SourceRock Energy GP and SourceRock Energy Partners. 

According to the TSSB order Gilbert and Hallam are soliciting $4.4 million for an oil and gas project (Phoenix Prospect)  without disclosing their history of unpaid tax liens and allegations of fraud, are doing business from 2711 North Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX, and through a website WWW.SourceRockOil.com.

The TSSB order also makes the following findings:

  • In June 2016 Hallam was named as a defendant in SEC v Christopher A. Faulkner, et al, Case No: 3:16-cv-1735-D , Northern District of Texas alleging that Hallam violated the Securities Exchange Acts of 1933 and 1934.
  • Hallam is intentionally failing to disclose one or more material facts including other securities related litigation detailed in the order.
  • gilbert failed to disclose numerous IRS tax liens filed against him in Miami-Dade County, FL, Manhattan Borough, NY, and Dallas, TX.

The TSSB orders defendants to cease and desist from engaging in fraud and offering securities in Texas through an offer containing a statement that is materially misleading or otherwise likely to deceive the public.

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

Jeffrey R. Wilson-Wells Fargo Broker-Customer Wins Arbitration Over Energy Investments-Las Cruces, NM

January 2018-Las Cruces, NM

The FINRA records of  Jeffrey Randolph Wilson  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently  registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services disclose a currently pending customer dispute over energy investments , a recent arbitration award to a customer  and 2 other prior customer disputes.

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 March 2017, following a three day hearing,  a FINRA arbitration panel ordered Wilson’s employer, Wells Fargo to pay  a former customer of $357,000, plus 8.75% interest, for damages related to investments in energy and housing investments and the use of a margin line of credit. Pryor vs. Wells Fargo Advisors, Case #16-01123. 

In December 2016, Wells Fargo paid another Wilson customer $250,000 to settle allegations that direct investments purchased in 2014-2015 were unsuitable.

In October 2016, Wells Fargo paid a Wilson customer $275,000 to resolve allegations that the account had been excessively traded in unsuitable and risky investments.

Wilson   has been employed by Wells Fargo since 5/2014. Prior to that he was employed by Morgan Stanley.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Jeffrey R. Wilson , contact us to discuss your options.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , equipment leasing, oil and gas, hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures.  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.

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

Sanders Spangler-Former LPL Financial Broker-Discloses Customer Suits-San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, Texas

February 2018 UPDATE-The FINRA records of Sanders Spangler disclose 1 pending and 4 prior customer disputes, including:

  • August 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged unauthorized trading, poor account performance from 1/2012-5/2017. The case was settled for $20,000.
  • July 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged that discretion was used in the account resulting in poor performance for the period from 10/2009-4/2017. The case was settled for $40,000.
  • June 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged poor investment performance  for the time period of 3/9/16-6/16/16 and claimed damages of $500,000. That case was settled for $500,000
  • December 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged unsuitable investments made without client knowledge and damages of $100,000-$500,000. That case (FINRA Case 17-1513) was settled for $225,000.

In currently pending FINRA case 17-02661 a customer of LPL is alleging over concentration of energy stocks and that the account was liquidated without the client’s knowledge. In addition the customer alleges that Spangler altered the monthly statement. Damages are unspecified.

ORIGINAL POST–October 2017-San Antonio, TX

We recently filed a Statement of Claim with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against LPL Financial on behalf of a retired widow from the Austin, Tx , area, alleging that LPL Financial failed  to supervise the actions of former San Antonio stockbroker Sanders Spangler. FINRA Case#-17-01513.

The FINRA suit, which seeks damages of between $100,000 and $500,000,  alleges that Spangler made unsuitable investments and traded the victim’s IRA account without her knowledge or authority. The subject account was over concentrated with energy securities.

In February 2017 Spangler was discharged by LPL Financial. LPL made the following allegation on Spangler’s  FINRA record:

“Exercising discretionary power in customer account(s) in violation of firm policy. “

Sanders Spangler had worked for  LPL Financial since 10/2005. As of November 2017, Spangler is not currently registered as a stockbroker with any broker dealer.

Brokers have a responsibility to make suitable recommendations to customers, taking into account their age, net worth, investment experience and risk tolerance. Oil and gas investments can be very risky and over concentrating the account of a retiree in such investments is generally not appropriate.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Sanders Spangler , you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

EXERCISING DISCRETION

Most brokerage accounts are not discretionary accounts, meaning that the broker is required to consult with the customer before making a purchase or sale in the account.  To avoid regulatory issues and to comply with firm policy, permission to trade a customer’s account without obtaining the authority from the customer must be granted by the customer to the firm in writing.

FINRA ARBITRATION

Arbitration is an alternative to litigation or mediation in order to resolve a dispute over damages when a customer has suffered losses due to the negligence or fraud of a stockbroker. The process is much more expedient and far less costly than court litigation.

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

Brian K. Hardwick-Former Red River Securities Broker-Discloses Sanctions Over Oil & Gas Deals

May 2017 – Carrollton, TX

According to publicly available records Brian K. Hardwick  (CRD#4522460) ,  a  former stockbroker who was barred by FINRA from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public discloses 2 final regulatory events and two pending customer disputes

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 February 2017 Hardwick was fined $16,214, ordered to pay restitution of over $24 million and barred from the securities industry.  A FINRA hearing panel found that Hardwick violated securities laws by making material misrepresentations and omissions related to joint venture offerings that were set up as general partnerships for the purpose of engaging in oil and gas drilling. The findings stated that Hardwick did not provide authorizations for expenditures (AFEs) to investors and wildly inflated income distributions on prior wells and failed to disclose conflicts of interest.

A petition pending in Nueces County, Texas, seeks damages of $5.8 million and alleges misrepresentations in connection with an oil and gas investment. 2011-PR-00490-4

Hardwick’s registration history includes:

  • Red River Securities of Plano, TX                12/2009-2/2014
  • Sethi Financial Investments, Plano, TX    2/2009-3/2009
  • Texas Securities Inc, Carrollton, TX            11/2002-3/2007

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

Douglas Hardwick-Former Texas Securities Broker-Sanctioned for Sale of Oil & Gas Investments

May 2017 – Carrollton, TX

According to publicly available records Douglas R. Hardwick  (CRD#4522610) ,  a  stockbroker currently not registered, but who was previously registered with  Texas Securities, Inc.,  discloses a pending regulatory matter.

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 December 2016 Alabama securities regulators issued a cease and desist order naming Hardwick and others for the solicitation and selling of working interests in oil and gas ventures to Alabama residents without being properly registered as an agent. Admin Order CD 2016-0011. 

 

Hardwick  has not been registered as a securities broker since he left Texas Securities in 8/2009.

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

John Carolyn-UBS Financial Broker-Subject of Numerous Customer Arbitrations Involving Oil & Gas Investments-Houston, TX

May 2017-Houston, TX

The FINRA records of John Carolyn,  a  stockbroker who is employed by  UBS Financial Services  disclose 5 pending customer disputes involving oil and gas securities  and one prior 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.

The pending disputes include:

  • FINRA case 17-0513- a UBS customer seeks damages of $70,000 for unsuitable concentration of oil and gas investments.
  • FINRA case 16-2280- a UBS customer seeks damages of $450,000 for unsuitable concentration of oil and gas investments.
  • FINRA case 16-1941- a UBS customer seeks damages of $100,000 for unsuitable concentration of oil and gas investments.
  • FINRA case 16-1731- a UBS customer seeks damages of $750,000 for unsuitable concentration of energy securities.

 

John Carolyn has been employed by UBS Financial Services since 4/2002.

If you have questions about an account  handled by John Carolyn , 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

Red River Securities and Brian Hardwick Sanctioned for Fraudulent Oil and Gas Deals-Plano, TX

February 2017- Plano, Texas

In a news release dated February 14, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that a FINRA hearing panel expelled Plano, Texas based brokerage firm Red River Securities , barred CEO Brian Keith Hardwick and ordered the company and Hardwick to pay $24.6 million in restitution for fraudulent sales of five oil and gas deals issued by Regal Energy, LLC, an affiliate of Red River Securities.

The FINRA panel found that the purchases of the oil and gas deals were not suitable for two customers, one who was a 74 year old self employed farmer and dog breeder who invested nearly $100,000, which was more than half of her annual salary.

Unless the panel’s decision is appealed to FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) or is called for review by the NAC , it will become final after 45 days.

Victims who made investments in these oil and gas deals as a result of a recommendation by a registered broker may be entitled to damages through FINRA arbitration. 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