Category Archives: Failure to Cooperate with Regulatory Investigation

Masood (Mike) Azad-Former First Allied Broker-Sanctioned by Securities Regulator-League City, TX

April 2018 -League City, TX

According to FINRA records, Masood (Mike) Husain Azad,  a   former stockbroker who was last employed by First Allied Securities, disclose  a prior regulatory event 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.

In November 2017, FINRA permanently barred Azad from the securities industry to resolve allegations that Azad failed to provide documents and information in connection with a FINRA investigation related to Azad’s alleged participation in an unapproved securities transaction. FINRA Case #2017054623301. 

 

Masood Azad was employed by First Allied Securities from 1/2015-6/2017, when he was discharged. First Allied makes the following allegation in connection with the discharge:“RR violated firm policy relating to borrowing money from clients, engaging in an unapproved private securities transaction and outside business activity”. Azad was employed by Voya Financial from 8/2004-1/2015. Azad discloses business affiliations with Consolidated Working Group, Robertson Wealth Management and American Retirement Solutions.

If you have questions about an account handled by Mike Azad contact us 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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Buckman Buckman Reid Broker Ron Ison Barred From Securities Industry

April 2018- Little Silver, New Jersey

Ron Jason Ison , a former stockbroker who last was employed by Buckman, Buckman & Reid, was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA for failing to appear at FINRA hearings investigating potential unauthorized and unsuitable trading.

Ison testified before the FINRA investigators on March 15, 2018, for part of the day, then requested an adjournment. FINRA granted the adjournment and set a continuation of the hearing later in the month. Ison’s attorney advised that he would no longer participate in the proceeding resulting in FINRA’s bar from the industry.

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.

Ron Ison’s FINRA record discloses 6 prior customer disputes.

Ison had been employed by Buckman, Buckman & Reid since 1/2010.

If you have questions about an account handled by Ron J. Ison  contact us 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

Jose M. Canales-Former Lincoln Financial Broker/Agent-Barred From Securities Industry-El Paso, TX

April 2018- El Paso, Texas

According to FINRA records,  Jose M. Canales , a currently unregistered broker who last worked for Lincoln Financial Securities Corp. , discloses a prior final regulatory event, a prior customer dispute 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.

Jose M. Canales  entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that  he failed to provide documents and to appear for testimony in connection with a FINRA investigation into the events leading up to his termination of employment from Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation. 

According to FINRA records, Canales was discharged from Lincoln Financial Securities on 5/2/2014 “for accepting cash from customers for deposit into his account, contrary to firm policy, in order to pay life insurance premiums on behalf of his customers.”

Canales, through his attorney, advised FINRA that he would not appear for testimony or provide documents and information in connection with the FINRA investigation. AWC No.  2014041231501

Canales was permanently barred from association with any FINRA member in all capacities.

FINRA records disclose that Canales was registered with Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation from 9/2002-5/2014.

If you suffered losses in an account handled by Jose Canales, you may be able to recover damages from his employer. 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 

Sanders Spangler-Former LPL Financial Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-San Antonio, TX

March 2018-San Antonio, Texas

On March 26, 2018, former LPL Financial stockbroker  Sanders Spangler was permanently barred from the securities industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

In connection with a FINRA investigation into potential unauthorized trading in five customers’ accounts, FINRA requested that Spangler appear for on the record testimony pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210. Spangler acknowledged receiving the request and stated that he will not cooperate with the investigation.

By refusing to appear for on the record testimony Spangler violated FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010 and was barred from associating with any FINRA member in any capacity.

The FINRA records of Sanders Spangler disclose 1 pending and 4 prior customer disputes, including:

  • August 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged unauthorized trading, poor account performance from 1/2012-5/2017. The case was settled for $20,000.
  • July 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged that discretion was used in the account resulting in poor performance for the period from 10/2009-4/2017. The case was settled for $40,000.
  • June 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged poor investment performance  for the time period of 3/9/16-6/16/16 and claimed damages of $500,000. That case was settled for $500,000
  • December 2017-a customer of LPL Financial alleged unsuitable investments made without client knowledge and damages of $100,000-$500,000. That case (FINRA Case 17-1513) was settled for $225,000.

In currently pending FINRA case 17-02661 a customer of LPL is alleging that Spangler over concentrated their accounts with energy stocks and that the account was liquidated without the client’s knowledge. In addition the customer alleges that Spangler altered monthly statements. Damages are unspecified.

 

In February 2017 Spangler was discharged by LPL Financial. LPL made the following allegation on Spangler’s  FINRA record:“Exercising discretionary power in customer account(s) in violation of firm policy. ” Spangler had worked for  LPL Financial since 10/2005.

Brokers have a responsibility to make suitable recommendations to customers, taking into account their age, net worth, investment experience and risk tolerance. Oil and gas investments can be very risky and over concentrating the account of a retiree in such investments is generally not appropriate.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Sanders Spangler , you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration. Call for a no charge consultation.

 

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

Kimberly Kitts-Former Royal Alliance Broker-Subject of Customer Dispute Alleging Misappropriation of Funds-Palmer, MA

February 2018-Palmer, Massachusetts

Kimberly Pine Kitts  was recently discharged from Royal Alliance Associates where she had been employed since 4/2004 after receiving notice from a customer’s attorney alleging conversion or misappropriation of funds.

Her  FINRA record  discloses that in November 2017 a Royal Alliance customer alleged  conversion or misappropriation of funds and is seeking damages in an unspecified amount.

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, FINRA suspended Kitts for failing to respond to FINRA requests for information in connection with an investigation. If Kitt fails to request termination within three months of the date of the notice of suspension, she will automatically be barred from the industry.

Kitts discloses business affiliations with Marquis Consulting in Orleans, MA, , Sound Financial, LLC, and Invescor.

If you had an account handled by Kimberly Pine Kitts and have questions about the way it was handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney 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