Investigation of NEXT Financial Group Brokers Alleged to Have Converted Customer Funds-West Palm Beach, FL

May 2017-West Palm Beach, FL

In connection with a currently pending lawsuit, we are investigating thefts from customer accounts by brokers who were affiliated with NEXT Financial Group, a FINRA registered broker dealer headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Publicly available records disclose that the following four former brokers employed by NEXT Financial  have allegedly converted customer funds:

  • Tye Williams-Frisco, TX . See this for more details.
  • Eduardo Diaz-Ocean Springs, MS. In June 2016, Diaz, who pleaded to wire fraud,  was sentenced to 70 months, fined $15,000 and ordered to pay restitution of over $640,000 to his victims which include a 70 year old widow. See this for more detail. 
  • James McGilvrey-San Antonio, TX-Charged with Theft from The Elderly, sentenced to 20 years in state prison, fined $10,000 and ordered to pay over $1.9 million in restitution. See this for more detail.
  • Douglas P. Simanski-Altoona, PA-In June 2016, Simanski, without admitting or denying the findings, consented to a permanent bar from the securities industry and entry of findings that he failed to provide documents and information related to an investigation into allegations related to the conversion of funds. FINRA Case 2016049621301.

Gwendolyn M. Berry , of Dallas, TX, was associated with NEXT Financial group from 2009-2015 as a non-registered fingerprint person working as a non-registered assistant and bookkeeper for a Series & General Securities Representative and Series 24 General Securities Principal. After initiating an investigation into Berry regarding possible misappropriation and mismanagement of customer assets, FINRA repeatedly requested that Berry produce documents and information. Berry failed to produce the documents and information and was barred from association with any FINRA regulated broker-dealer in any capacity in April 2016. FINRA AWC No. 2015047059701.  

If you have information you believe would be helpful to our investigation please contact us.

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