Category Archives: Broker Discloses Personal Bankruptcy

Michael Venturino-Former Aegis Capital/Trident Partners Broker-Subject of $1.2M Customer Suit-Garden City, NY

January 2019- Garden City, NY

According to publicly available records Michael Christopher Venturino ,  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by Spartan Capital Securities and was formerly employed by Aegis Capital Corp. and Trident Partners, disclose a prior regulatory event, 3 pending customer disputes, 4 prior customer disputes and a recent Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing.

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 July 2018 Venturino was suspended indefinitely by FINRA for failure to comply with an arbitration award or settlement agreement or to satisfactorily respond to a FINRA request to provide information concerning the status of compliance.

In 11/2017 a former customer from his prior firm, Aegis Capital was paid $16,500 to resolve allegations that Venturino traded the account without permission from 11/2016-6/2017.

In 6/2017 a customer of Aegis Capital was paid $142,500 to resolve allegations that Venturino excessively traded the account and traded it without permission from 6/2014-1/2016.

The currently pending suits, by customers of Aegis Capital ,include:

  • FINRA Case 18-2948- alleges that Venturino churned their account and made unsuitable trades and seeks damages of $290,359
  • FINRA Case 18-408-alleges unauthorized trading by Venturino and unsuitable recommendations and seeks damages of $1,280,623.

Venturino discloses that he filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1/2019 in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Venturino has been employed by Spartan Capital since 4/2018.

If you have losses in an account handled by Michael Venturino, 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 

Texas-512-329-2870

Ernest Romer III-Former CoreCap Investments Broker-Alleged to Have Stolen Funds from Securities Customers-Sterling Heights, MI

APRIL 2018 UPDATEThe FINRA record of Ernest Romer III now discloses 15 pending customer disputes and 5 prior final customer disputes and 2 pending investigations.

The investigations by Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, as well as the customer disputes, allege that Romer stole funds from his securities customers. Customer claims for stolen funds are well in excess of $1 million. The victims allege that Romer represented the funds were to be used for various investments, including P&R Capital, a company owned by Romer.

Orignal Post—August 2017-Sterling Heights, MI

According to publicly available records Ernest Julius Romer III  (CRD#2311741) ,  a  former stockbroker who was most recently registered with Corecap Investments, Inc.  disclose 5 Regulatory Events, 8 Customer Disputes , 4 Terminations and outstanding judgment/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 July of 2017, FINRA permanently barred Romer from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public. Romer discloses other regulatory sanctions alleging that he failed to disclose federal and state tax liens against him.

In a pending matter brought by Michigan regulators, it is alleged that Romer defrauded a customer by convincing several customers to liquidate securities and entrust Romer with the proceeds, which Romer then deposited in an account which he controlled for his own benefit.

In a matter currently pending in Michigan circuit court a customer of CoreCap Investments seeks damages of $110,000 and alleges that Romer solicited funds from them to invest in a firm owned by him , P&R Capital. The customer alleges that Romer converted the funds to his own use.

In FINRA case 17-01082, a customer of CoreCap Investments seeks damages of $50,000 and alleges that Romer solicited them to invest in “CoreCap Solutions” but converted the money to his own use.

In January 2017, Romer was discharged by CoreCap Investments who made the following allegation on Romer’s FINRA record: “Romer obtained loans from three clients for the stated purpose of starting a business: he was instructed to return the funds and not to engage in the business. To the firm’s knowledge, no funds have been returned as of the date of this filing”.

Romer discloses two tax liens to the State of Michigan and one to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $160,634.

Romer’s prior employment includes L.M. Kohn & Co. and Leonard and Company.

If you think you have been misled by Ernest Romer, III, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about your options for recovery of damages from his 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Steven E. Blanke-Capital Financial Services Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes-Garland, TX

May 2017-Garland, TX

The FINRA records of  Steven Earle Blanke ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Capital Financial Services disclose a pending customer dispute, a prior final customer dispute and a prior financial 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 currently pending FINRA arbitration 16-01267 a customer of Capital Financial Services is seeking damages of $499,999 and alleges unsuitable investments and failure to supervise in connection with investments in alternative investments.  (direct investments, limited partnerships, oil & gas, real estate securities, equipment leasing).

In a prior matter, FINRA Case 15-0968, a customer of Capital Financial Services alleged damages of between $100,000-$300,000 for common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, failure to supervise and negligence in connection with investments in alternative products. That case settled in 8/2016 for $53,000.

Blanke has been registered with Capital Financial Services since 6/2006. He discloses a business affiliation with BAS Advisory Services in Garland, TX.

Blanke discloses the filing and discharge of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 8/2009. United States Bankruptcy Court-Northern District of Texas.

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

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.

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

James T. Flynn-Former Voya Financial Advisors Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes / Outstanding Liens-Greenville, SC

See this for JANUARY 2019 update regarding the recent cases we have filed on behalf of former customers of James T. Flynn. 

ORIGINAL POST–MAY 2017-Greenville, SC

The FINRA records of  James Travis Flynn ,  a  former Voya Financial Advisors stockbroker  disclose 2 pending customer disputes, 4 prior final customer disputes, a termination from employment and 3 outstanding judgment/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 a recent dispute a customer of Voya Financial Advisors seeks damages of $115,000 and alleges that he questioned the suitability of REIT investments and the replacement of a variable annuity policy.

In another currently pending matter,  a customer of Voya Financial and Brookstone Securities alleges damages in connection with a $575,000 investment in annuities and real estate investment trust (REITs) which they allege were unsuitable.

In February 2017  Flynn was discharged from Voya Financial Advisors who made the following allegation in connection therewith: “The representative provided misleading information to the Firm during a complaint investigation” related to a variable annuity.

Flynn discloses Federal Tax Liens of $256,165 and $18,837.

Jim Flynn is currently registered with IFS Securities. He was registered with Voya Financial Advisors 5/2013-2/2017, Capital Investment Group in Greer, SC, 7/2011-6/2013 and Brookstone Securities 9/2006-7/2011. He discloses a business affiliation with Flynn Insurance Group and Flynn Wealth Management.

If you have questions about an account  handled by James  (Jim) T. Flynn  , contact us to discuss 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