Category Archives: Broker Discloses Criminal Event

Michael Giokas-Former Fortune Financial Services-Broker-Pleads Guilty to Fraud-Williamsville, NY

September 2019- Williamsville, NY

According to publicly available records  Michael Giokas (CRD# 1398674) ,  a  former stockbroker who was last  employed by Fortune Financial Services, Inc.,  disclose  2 prior regulatory events, a felony fraud criminal charge , 3 pending and 7 prior customer disputes and a termination from employment.

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 a Department of Justice news release, in April 2018 Michael Giokas, 58, of Clarence, NY, pleaded guilty to wire fraud for defrauding numerous clients of hundreds of thousands of dollars. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the charges.

According to the release, between 5/2017-10/2017, he persuaded clients to withdraw money from their  accounts at Nationwide Mutual and invest in a company called Trinity Council, with a promise to earn 8-9% annually. Trinity Council was a shell company with no real business, set up to accomplish the fraud.

Settlements totaling several hundred thousands have been paid out to customers already. Pending customer claims exceed $1 million.

Giokas was employed with Fortune Financial Services, Inc. from 2/2013 until 10/2017.    Prior to that he was employed by Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing, Inc., from March 2002 until February 2013.    Giokas discloses  business affiliations with Giokas Wealth Advisors and Giokas Financial Services in Williamsville, NY.

If you have losses in an account handled by Michael Giokas, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be entitled 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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Michael Bressman-Former FCG Advisors Broker- Pleads Guilty to Investment Advisor Fraud-Chatham, NJ

September 2019- Chatham, NJ

According to publicly available records  Michael Bressman ,  a  currently unregistered stockbroker, who was last registered with FCG Advisors discloses a pending investigation, a pending civil event, a pending criminal event,  two prior regulatory events, a pending customer dispute, 4 prior customer disputes  and  terminations from employment.

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 9/2018 Bressman was charged with investment advisor fraud, a felony, in Federal Court in Massachusetts.  Case# 18cr 10315. In June 2019, Bressman pleaded guilty to defrauding clients by engaging in a cherry-picking scheme, according to a news release from the Department of Justice. Pursuant to the plea deal, the government recommended a sentence of 24-40 months.

In 9/2018 the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed case # 1:18cv11925 in Federal Court with the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging the following against Michael A. Bressman “This case involves a fraudulent “cherry picking” scheme carried out by Bressman in his role as a securities broker.   From at least January 2012 through February 2018, Bressman  secretly misused his access to his customers’ brokerage accounts to enrich himself and two of his family members at the expense of his customers- most of whom were “Main Street” investors with relatively modest investment portfolios.   As a result of his deceptive scheme, Bressman received at least $700,000 in ill-gotten gains.  Cherry-picking occurs when a broker, who buys and sells securities on behalf of his brokerage customers, defrauds those customers by purchasing stock and then waiting to see whether the price of the stock goes up, or down, before allocating the trade.    If the stock goes up, the broker keeps the trade for himself or a set of “favored” accounts.   If the stock goes down, the broker puts the trades into other disfavored customer accounts.   In other words, the broker “cherry-picks” the profitable trades for himself or certain favored accounts, while giving unprofitable trades to his other customers. “ That case is still pending.

In February of 2018 the United States Securities and Exchange Commission initiated an investigation that is still pending.   “Mr. Bressman was accused of, among other things, misusing the firm’s allocation account in connection with his personal trades.”

Michael Bressman worked for FCG Advisors from 2/ 2000 until May 2018 when Bressman was discharged from FCG Advisors after allegations were made that accused him of, among other things, misusing the Firm’s allocation account in connection with his personal trades.

Bressman was discharged by Merrill Lynch in 1/2000 after it was alleged by a customer that he had traded her account without her authorization.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Michael Bressman, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about 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

Brian Berger-Former Newbridge Securities Broker-Sentenced for Fraud-Boca Raton, FL

April 2018-Boca Raton, FL

The FINRA records of former stockbroker Brian M. Berger disclose a pending regulatory matter and two prior regulatory matters, a criminal conviction, 4 customer disputes and a termination from employment.

In 7/2015 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 had misappropriated funds from elderly customers while registered with Wells Fargo Advisors and MetLife Securities.As a result, Berger   was  barred from the securities industry.

There is an SEC administrative proceeding pending in connection with the misappropriation of funds.

In 2/2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Berger pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced to 18 months and ordered to pay restitution of $372,643.

Over $300,000 has been paid in settlements to former customers of Berger.

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.

If you have questions about an account handled by Brian Berger, call for a no charge consultation 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

Melvin Case-Former LPL Financial Broker-Discharged for Failing to Report Pleading Guilty to Exploitation of Aged Adult-Jacksonville, FL

February 2018-Jacksonville, FL

According to publicly available records Melvin E. Case  , (CRD# 2393464) ,  a   former stockbroker who last worked for LPL Financial LLC,  discloses that he was recently sanctioned by securities regulators after pleading guilty to exploitation of an aged adult. In addition, Case has settled several customer disputes and was discharged from employment by LPL Financial. 

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 January 2018 Case was suspended for six months from acting as a broker and fined $5,000 for wilfully failing to timely amend regulatory records to disclose a felony charge and guilty plea. In 8/2016 Case plead guilty to exploiting an adult. Adjudication of guilt was withheld and he was placed on probation for 24 months.

In May 2017 LPL Financial discharged Case and LPL Finanical made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Allegations of criminal charges involving exploitation of an aged adult after converting the victim’s money for his own benefit.”

IN 1/2006 a customer of Case was paid $100,000 to resolve allegations that he made unsuitable recommendations and failed to properly allocate assets in the account.

If you have losses in an  investment account handled by Melvin Case  , call 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870