Category Archives: Fraud

Spartan Securities Group Named in SEC Regulatory Action Over Penny Stocks-Clearwater, FL

February 2019-Tampa, FL

The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a litigation release on 2/21/2019 charging Spartan Securities Group, Ltd. , Island Capital Management, LLC, Carl E. Dilley, Micah J. Eldred and David D. Lopez for their roles in the creation “blank check” companies from 2009-2014.

The complaint alleges that Spartan Securities Group filed fraudulent applications with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to publicly list the companies so that the shares could be traded to public investors.

According to the release Dilley and Eldred, who are both principals of Spartan Securities, signed the false applications even though they knew or were at least reckless that the companies were fake.

The SEC is seeking to bar Spartan Securities Group from participating in penny stock offerings in the future.

Spartan Securities Group, Ltd.  is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. They are registered in 38 U.S. States and territories and have been a member of FINRA since 2001. According to FINRA records they have been the subject of 10 prior regulatory actions.

If you have questions about an account at Spartan Securities Group, call for a no charge consultation with an experienced securities attorney.

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

William Biegel-Former Raymond James Broker- Discloses Settlement of Customer Dispute-Houston, TX

January  2019- Houston, TX

According to publicly available records ,   William Herman Biegel (CRD#1301825)  a  stockbroker previously employed by Raymond James & Associates, discloses the recent 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 March 2016, a customer of Raymond James & Associates, Inc., filed FINRA Case 16-0063 alleging  that from 6/2013-9/2015 Biegel over concentrated their account, was negligent, made unsuitable recommendations , committed  common law & statutory fraud, violated federal securities laws, churned their account, traded without their authority and violated Texas securities laws. The case was settled for $245,000.

Biegel was employed by Raymond James   from May 1997 until December 2017.   He is currently not registered as a stockbroker.   

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by  William Biegel, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages from his employer 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

Jared Rice, Sr. Indicted on Cryptocurrency Fraud-Fort Worth, Texas

November 2018-Fort Worth, Texas

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced the arrest of Jared Rice, Sr. who is charged with defrauding hundreds of investors out of more than $4 million in a cryptocurrency scheme.

According to the Department of Justice press release, Rice lied when he told investors that AriseBank could offer consumers FDIC-insured accounts and traditional banking services, including Visa credit cards, in addition to cryptocurrency services.

Rice, who is charged with three counts of securities fraud and three counts of wire fraud, purportedly used the investor funds for his own personal use, faces up to 120 years in prison, if convicted.

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

Wesley Perkins-World Tree Financial-Charged With Cherry-Picking Trades-Lafayette, LA

October 2018- Lafayette, LA

The FINRA records of  Wesley Kyle Perkins ,  a  former stock broker who is not currently registered and who was last employed by Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments  disclose  that he is currently named in an civil action filed by regulators alleging ‘cherry picking’ and is the subject of one pending and 4 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 September 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an action alleging that Wesley K. Perkins and his company World Tree Financial LLC operated a cherry picking scheme that defrauded World Tree Clients. According to the complaint, for 4 years Perkins reaped substantial profits at his client’s expense by cherry-picking trades, allocating favorable trades to favored accounts, including his own, and unprofitable trades to other accounts.

The SEC is seeking an injunction, disgorgement of illicit profits and civil penalties.

In a civil action pending in Lafayette Parish, customers of Perkins are seeking damages of $1.1 million for the mismanagement of their accounts.

Wesley Perkins was employed by Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments from 12/2009-8/2018.

If you have losses in an account handled by Wesley Perkins  call for a no charge consultation to learn about your options for recovery of damages.

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

How to Recover Losses on Behavioral Recognition Systems (BRS Labs) now known as Giant Gray-Houston, TX

October 2018-

The SEC has charged Houston based Behavioral Recognition Systems (now known as Giant Gray) and its CEO Ray C. Davis with soliciting over $28 million from investors and then diverting nearly $8 million for the former CEO’s personal benefit.

Investors were led to believe that their funds would be used only for working capital and to pay Davis a nominal salary. Instead BRS and Davis diverted funds using fake invoices and the funds were used to purchase antiques and to pay for jewelry, gold and fund the personal accounts of Davis and his wife.

If you made an investment in BRS through a licensed broker or financial advisor we can help you recover damages for your losses.

We do not charge to evaluate your case and we handle our cases on a contingent fee basis.

Call now for a no charge consultation to discuss your options for recovery.

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