Category Archives: Churning

Raymond Pirrello, Jr.-Former Garden State Securities Stockbroker-Subject of Churning Suits-Sparta, NJ

March 2018-Sparta, New Jersey

The FINRA records of Raymond J. PIrrello, Jr. , a former stockbroker who was last employed by Garden State Securities, disclose a final regulatory event, 2 pending  and 9 prior customer disputes. Pirrello is the subject of a civil suit filed the the Securities and Exchange Commission charging him and two others with insider trading in the securities of Radiant Systems, Midas Incorporated and Brightpoint.

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 pending FINRA case 18-0728 filed in 2/2018, a customer of Garden State Securities alleges damages of $400,000 for unauthorized trading, negligence and  unsuitable investments for the time period 10/2012-10/2016 .

In pending FINRA case 17-0365 filed in 2/2017, a customer of Garden State Securities alleges damages of $1 million for unauthorized trading, unsuitable investments, churning and negligence.

On July 7, 2016, the U S Securities and Exchange Commission filed an insider trading injunction against former  Pirrello, Jr.,Thomas W. Avent, Jr. , 63,  of Atlanta, who is a tax partner with KPMG LLP, one of the world’s largest accounting firms, and Lawrence J. Penna, age 72, of Edgewater, New Jersey, a long time friend of Pirrello– filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. SEC v. Pirello, et al, Case 1:16-cv-02459-SCJ.

 

Pirrello was employed by Garden State Securities in Hackensack, New Jersey, from 8/2008- 5/2016. He was previously employed by The Concord Equity Group and J.P. Turner & Co. Pirrello discloses business affiliations with Valeo Capital Markets, Valeo Financial Group and Valeo Consulting.

We are currently evaluating potential cases for investors who suffered losses in accounts handled by Raymond J. Pirrello. 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.

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Gabe Block-Former Oppenheimer/First Std. Financial Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-Rumson, New Jersey

March 2018- Red Bank, NJ

The FINRA records of Gabriel (Gabe)  Block, a former stockbroker who was last employed by First Standard Financial Co., disclose 2 final regulatory events 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.

On March 13, 2018, FINRA permanently barred Block from the securities industry in connection with a complaint filed by the Delaware Investor Protection Unit alleging numerous violations, including:

  • Securities Fraud
  • Churning
  • Dishonest or Unethical practice-Narcotics Use
  • Excessive Trading

FINRA found it not in the public interest, and would create an unreasonable risk of harm to the market and investors for Block to continue to associate with his firm. Block was employed by Janney Montgomery and Oppenheimer during the period of time when activity occurred leading to the regulatory action.

Gabe Block discloses settlement of the following   customer disputes :

  • FINRA Case 15-1551- a customer while Block was registered with Oppenheimer & Co. alleges churning, unsuitability, breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the handling of family accounts. Damages were alleged to be $800,000. The case was settled for $675,000.
  • FINRA Case 15-1550-a customer while Block was registered with Oppenheimer & Co. alleges churning, unsuitability, breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the customer’s account. Damages were alleged to be $100,000. The case was settled for $60,000.
  • Block’s FINRA record discloses two other customer disputes that wereresolved including one in which a customer alleged mismanagement of investments between 9/2005-12//2008, while Block was registered with Janney Montgomery Scott. That case was settled for $375,000.

Block  was registered with First Standard Financial  from 3/2016-3/2018. He was registered with National Securities Corporation from 3/2014-4/2016 and with Oppenheimer from 11/2008-3/2014. He discloses a business affiliation with Block Wealth Management in Rumson, NJ.

If you have losses in an account handled by Gabriel Block contact us 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

National Toll Free: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870