March 2019-Stuart, NE
The FINRA records of Scott V. Kaup , a stockbroker who was formerly employed by VSR Financial Services disclose 2 pending customer disputes and a prior customer dispute that has been settled. All these disputes involve alternative investments, including real estate investment trusts (REITs).
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 Case 18-1244, a customer of VSR Financial Services seeks damages of $2.6 million and alleges material misrepresentations and omissions and supervisory failures in connection with the purchase of REITs and other direct investments.
In another currently pending matter, a customer of VSR Finanicial Services recently filed FINRA Case 19-0309 and is seeking damages of $450,000 alleging unsuitable recommendations to invest in REITs and other direct investments.
In a prior matter, FINRA Case 16-01088, a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 for unsuitable recommendations, violation of common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence for account activity between 3/2001-6/2010. The investments at issue were direct investments, & limited partnership interests in oil and gas and real estate securities. That case was settled for $173,000.
Kaup was employed by VSR FInancial Services from 10/1989-9/2016. He is currently employed by Summit Brokerage Services and discloses a business affiliation with Kaup’s Financial Advisors, Inc in Stuart, Nebraska.
VSR FINANCIAL SERVICES PROBLEMS LED TO SHUTDOWN
VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments . In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.
Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , 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.
VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage Services. See this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.
If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Scott V. Kaup or another broker who was employed by VSR Financial Services , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses through FINRA arbitration.
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