Category Archives: Churning

Mitchell Yanow-Former Stifel Nicolaus Broker-Discharged Over Allegations of Misappropriation of Customer Funds-Boca Raton, FL

June 2018- Boca Raton, FL

The FINRA records of Mitchell T. Yanow  , a stock broker who is not currently registered  disclose  that he was recently discharged by Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. and the settlement of a 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.

In May 2018, Yanow was discharged by Stifel Nicolaus, who alleged that Yanow “took money from a client account for his personal use without authority”.

Yanow had been employed by Stifel Nicolaus since 4/2015. Prior to that he was employed by Oppenheimer & Co. 

In 9/2015 a customer of Yanow/Oppenheimer was paid $144,000 to resolve allegations that their account was charged excessive commissions and margin interest.

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

Anthony Sica-Joseph Gunnar Broker-Sanctioned Over Sale of Speculative Securities to Elderly Client-New York

June 2018- New York

The FINRA records of Anthony Sica  , a stock broker who is employed by Joseph Gunnar & Co. , disclose  3 regulatory sanctions, a pending customer dispute and  8 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.

Maryland Sanction for Abusing Account of Elderly Lady

In December 2017, the Maryland Securities Commissioner alleged that Sica repeatedly recommended that an elderly customer, living on fixed income,  purchase high-risk, speculative securities that were inconsistent with her investment profile and which were unsuitable. Sica’s recommendations often resulted in an undue concentration of the her liquid assets in speculative securities resulting in losses of over $150,000. The regulator also found that Sica made unauthorized trades in the IRA account of a customer Sica knew was deceased causing losses. Sica was suspended for three months, fined $20,000 , ordered to pay restitution and to complete continuing education concerning how to deal with senior customers.

Prior customer disputes by customers of Sica include:

  • FINRA Case 14-1574- a customer of Joseph Gunnar alleged unsuitable recommendations, frequent trading, unauthorized trading and sought damages of $479,000. The case was settled for $302,500.
  • FINRA Case 10-969- a customer of Joseph Gunnar alleged that Sica mismanaged his account and made unsuitable recommendations and sought damages of $356,773. The case was settled for $157,500.

In currently pending FINRA Case 17-02160 a customer of Joseph Gunnar alleges unsuitable investments and breach of fiduciary duty from August 2011-March 2015, and is seeking damages of $49,181.

Anthony Sica has been employed by Joseph Gunnar since 10/2003.

Brokers have a duty to make recommendations that are suitable, taking into account the age, health, level of financial sophistication, risk tolerance and investment objectives of the customer.

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

Wayne I. Miller-Former Accelerated Capital Group Broker-Discloses Numerous Customer Suits-Scottsdale, AZ

May 2018-Scottsdale, AZ

The FINRA records of  Wayne I. Miller ,  a  stockbroker who formerly worked for Accelerated Capital Group disclose a pending regulatory suspension, a pending customer dispute and 2 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 January 2018, Miller was suspended by FINRA  from acting in a principal capacity for six months (1/02/2018-7/1/2018) and fined $10,000 to resolve allegations that he failed to reasonably supervise the chief compliance officer of his former firm, Accelerated Capital Group. As a result of his failed oversight a broker excessively traded mutual funds and made unauthorized trades.

In FINRA case 16-1433, Miller was named as a control person. The customer of Accelerated Capital Group alleged breach of finduciary duty, violation of California securities laws and other claims and sought damages of $130,000. The case was settled for $110,000.

In FINRA Case 15-3471, Miller was named as a control person of Accelerated Capital Group. The customer alleged unauthorized trading and excessive trading (churning) and sought damages of $200,000. The case was settled for $165,000.

In pending FINRA Case 17-01178 a customer of Accelerated Capital Group alleges over concentration, misrepresentation, failure to supervise and other claims and seeks damages of $340,000.

Wayne Miller was employed by Accelerated Capital Group from 4/2010-2/2018. He is currently employed by AEON Capital in Scottsdale.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Wayne Miller , call for a no charge consultation with an experienced securities attorney to learn how you may be able to recover damages.

Accelerated Capital Group Regulatory Issue

Accelerated Capital Group is headquartered in Costa Mesa, CA. The firm has been a FINRA member since March 1997 and has about 35 brokers in 6 branch offices, the largest of which are located in Irvine, CA, and Scottsdale, AZ.

In a currently pending FINRA regulatory matter, regulators allege that Accelerated Capital Group failed to properly monitor, through their written supervisory procedures (WSPs) and supervisory system, mutual fund switches and exchanges and failed to respond to red flags of broker misconduct.

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