UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2020-Greer , SC/ Greenville, SC
Over the past 2 years we have successfully obtained significant damages for customers of t former VOYA Financial Advisors and Capital Investment Group (CIG) broker James Travis Flynn. We are currently pursuing a number of cases against Flynns for employers, VOYA Financial and Capital Investment Group of other former customers.
The claims by his former customers allege that Flynn made unsuitable recommendations and over concentrated the customers’ accounts in real estate investment trusts and other alternative, non liquid investments.
Those investments include, but are not limited to these alternative investments:
- ARC Global Trust (Global Net Lease)
- ARC Hospitality Trust
- ARC Trust III
- ATEL 14, LLC
- Colony Northstar
- FS Energy
- Healthcare Trust of America
- Northstar Healthcare
- Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT
- Phillips Edison Grocery REIT II
- Steadfast Apartment REIT
In addition some clients were sold inappropriate and unsuitable variable annuities.
Flynn’s FINRA records currently disclose a regulatory suspension, 21 pending customer dispute, 36 prior customer disputes, 2 terminations from employment, a chapter 13 bankruptcy filing in 2013 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 September 2018, Flynn was permanently barred from the industry by FINRA for failing to respond to FINRA’s request for information in connection with a FINRA investigation.
Settlements totaling more than $3.5 million have been paid out to former Flynn/VOYA/CIG clients, including:
In 8/2020 a customer of VOYA and CIG was paid $750,000 to resolve allegations that FLynn recommended a portfolio of unsuitable and illiquid investments.
In 6/2020 a customer of VOYA Financial was paid $420,000 to resolve allegations that they were sold a portfolio of high commission, illiquid and speculative investments.
In 12/2018 a customer of VOYA Financial was paid $50,000 to resolve allegations that Flynn made unsuitable investment recommendations beginning in 2014.
In 11/2018 a customer of VOYA Financial was paid $90,000 to resolve allegations that Flynn transferred assets from a 401K account into illiquid and unsuitable investments in violation of securities statutes.
In June 2018 a Voya Financial customer was paid $75,000 to resolve allegations that Flynn recommended unsuitable alternative investments for the clients IRA and joint account.
In February 2018 a customer of Voya Financial Advisors was paid $32,912 to resolve allegations that a real estate investment trust (REIT) purchased in June 2015 was not suitable and that the customer was not aware of the risks involved or that the REIT wasn’t actively traded.
In September 2017 a customer of Voya Financial Advisors sought damages of $115,000, alleging that he questioned the suitability of real estate investment trusts (REITs) purchased in 2014 and 2015 and the replacement of a variable annuity policy. Voya paid the customer $167,673 to resolve the case in 9/2017.
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.
Most recently, in 2/2018, Flynn was discharged from IFS Securities. The firm made the following allegation in connection with Flynn’s discharge: “Client alleges trading ahead of authorization.”.
Flynn discloses outstanding Federal Tax Liens of $256,165 and $18,837 and a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in 2013.
Jim Flynn, who is not currently registered, was employed by IFS Securities from 2/2017-2/2018. . 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. Flynn discloses a business affiliation with Flynn Insurance Group and Flynn Wealth Management in Greenville, South Carolina.
According to a recent article in the Investment News, family members have indicated that Flynn is believed to have fled the country and is currently living in the Caribbean.
If you have losses or questions about an account handled by James (Jim) Travis Flynn , contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages from his former employers VOYA and/or Capital Investment Group through FINRA arbitration.
If you have information you believe would be helpful to our ongoing investigation of Jim Flynn, we would appreciate hearing from you.
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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