Category Archives: Lack of Due Diligence

James T. Flynn-Former VOYA Financial Broker-Subject of Numerous Customer Suits Involving REITs-Greenville, SC

March 2019-Greer , SC

Our law firm recently filed several FINRA arbitrations against former VOYA Financial Advisors broker James T. Flynn. 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.

Flynn’s FINRA records  currently disclose  a recent regulatory suspension, 7 pending customer dispute, 18 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 with Flynn customers include:

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 another recently resolved matter,  a customer of Voya Financial and Brookstone Securities alleged damages in connection with a $575,000 investment in annuities and real estate investment trusts (REITs). The customer alleged that they should not have been allowed to invest all of their retirement funds in unsuitable investments. In 8/2017, Voya paid the customer $196,788 to resolve the matter.

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.

If you have losses or questions about an account  handled by James  (Jim) T. Flynn , contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Dexter L. Thomas Litigation- May 2019 Update-Dallas, TX

May 2019  UPDATE–Dallas, TX

Did A Brokerage Firm Deny Your Claim for Losses

with Dexter Thomas? 

If you made a claim for losses with one of the firm’s where Dexter Thomas was employed and that claim was denied, we may  be able to help you recover damages. Call for a no obligation consultation.

We are currently representing a large number of  former customers of National Planning Corp./United Financial Services broker Dexter L. Thomas and recently filed a number FINRA arbitrations to recover damages on their behalf.

While many of these current clients are from central and north Texas, several are from other parts of the United States.

Our clients allege damages to their accounts  for various reasons, including:

  • Unsuitable annuity investments
  • Churning of accounts
  • Unsuitable Loans

According to FINRA records, Dexter Thomas, was last registered with United Planners Financial Services of America and operated Dexter Thomas Financial Services in Dallas.  His FINRA record discloses  13 pending 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.

These currently pending cases seek total damages in the millions.

 Thomas was briefly employed by LPL Financial from 11/2017-12/2017. Prior to that he was employed by National Planning Corp. from 9/2006-11/2017From 11/2017-8/2018 he was employed by United Planners. These prior employers can be held accountable for losses you may have suffered.

NATIONAL PLANNING CORP.  

According to FINRA records, National Planning Corporation (NPC)requested termination of their FINRA registration on July 9, 2018. On that same date NPC requested terminations of registration in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Nevada, Texas and Wyoming.

On July 24, 2018, NPC was hit with  very significant sanctions by FINRA related to the sale of annuities. FINRA found that NPC received over $152 million from the sale of variable annuities, including $56 million from the sale of L-share variable annuities which were sold to customers without investigating the suitability of the product for the customer.

FINRA has fined NPC $650,000. In addition, NPC has agreed to disgorgement of up to $6 million to affected customers.

National Planning Corp. has also been known as Jackson National Financial Services and NPC of America.

No Charge Consultation

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Dexter Thomas , questions about annuities you may have been sold, or other financial matters involving Thomas, 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

How to Recover Losses on Reef Oil and Gas Fund Investments

April 2018-Richardson, TX

Reef Securities Inc. and its owner and president Frank Mauceli were sanctioned by FINRA on April 11, 2018, for failing to timely notify investors in an Oil and Gas Drilling and Income Fund L.P. , sold in 2014, of revisions to an offering prospectus and of the investors’ rights to rescind his or her investment.

In addition Reef was sanctioned for advertising violations in another Reef offering. According to the FINRA sanction the subject advertising communications:

“failed to provide a balanced presentation or a sound basis for evaluating the investments being promoted, contained misleading and unwarranted claims, and, in addition, made prohibited profit projections.”

FINRA noted the following as being inconsistent and unwarranted statements in the subject advertising materials:

  • a 3 year profit range of 45%-75% in one communication vs a 35-45% range in another communication
  • a divest period of 24-36 months in one communication vs. 3-5 years in another communication
  • prohibited investor performance projections such as “Total Anticipated Profit 45%-75%”

Reef Securities was censured and fined $40,000. Mauceli was fined $5,000 and suspended 4 months from association from any FINRA member firm in all principal capacities. FINRA AWC2015043469001

Reef Oil and Gas, an affiliate of Reef Securities, engages in the developing, exploiting and producing oil and natural gas.

A partial list of recent Reef oil and gas offerings we have been investigating:

  • Reef 2015 Oil & Gas Opportunity Fund
  • Reef 2015 Income Fund
  • Reef Bakken Bear Cat Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2012-A Private Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2011 Private Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2010 Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2009 Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2007-2009 Drilling Program
  • Reef Oil & Gas Drilling & Income Fund
  • Reef Oil & Gas Income & Development Fund III
  • Reef Oil & Gas Income & Development Fund IV

Reef Oil and Gas investments were sold by many brokerage firms, including Reef Securities. These investments can be unsuitable for certain individuals, including the elderly and retired. If you have losses on an investment in one of the Reef Oil and Gas offerings, 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 

Texas-512-329-2870

Jerry Raines -Former Signal Securities Broker-Customers Sue For $4M Losses on Woodbridge Funds-Kilgore,TX

May 2018- Kilgore, TX

The FINRA records of  Jerry D. Raines,  a  previously registered stock broker who was last employed by HD Vest Investment Services and Signal Securities,  disclose  eleven  pending customer disputes involving the allegedly fraudulent Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Funds. Raines operates Stonelion Insurance and Financial Services in Kilgore, TX.

Total damages alleged in the pending cases exceed $4 million. Claimants have alleged unsuitable recommendations, misrepresentation and that Raines participated in a civil conspiracy and committed overt acts to support  the Woodbridge fraudulent scheme.

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.

 

Woodbridge-A $1.2 billion Ponzi According to SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges and an asset freeze against a group of unregistered funds and their owner who allegedly bilked thousands of retail investors, many of them seniors, in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

According to the SEC’s complaint, unsealed in federal court in Miami, Florida, Robert H. Shapiro and a group of unregistered investment companies called the Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC, formerly headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, defrauded more than 8,400 investors in unregistered Woodbridge funds.

“We allege that through aggressive tactics, Woodbridge and Shapiro swindled seniors into a business model built on lies, which the SEC’s Miami Regional Office staff moved to halt,” said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.

“Our complaint alleges that Woodbridge’s business model was a sham,” said Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “The only way Woodbridge was able to pay investors their dividends and interest payments was through the constant infusion of new investor money.”

“Our complaint further alleges that Shapiro used a web of layered companies to conceal his ownership interest in the purported third-party borrowers,” said Eric I. Bustillo, Director of the SEC’s Miami Regional Office.  “Shapiro used the scheme to line his pockets with millions of investor dollars.”

Raines was employed by HD Vest Investment Services  from 8/2014-5/2017.  Prior to that  he was with Signal Securities, Inc.  from 4/2013-6/2014 and before that with Woodmen Financial Services.

If you have losses in an account handled by Jerry Raines, 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

Donna Barnard-Former Signal Securities Broker-Subject of $4M Woodbridge Fund Suits-Kilgore, TX

May 2018- Kilgore, TX

The FINRA records of  Donna L. Barnard ,  a  stock broker formerly employed by HD Vest Investment Services and Signal Securities,  disclose  10  pending customer disputes involving the allegedly fraudulent Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Funds I and II. Barnard is affiliated with Stonelion Insurance & Financial Services in Kilgore, Texas.

Total damages alleged in the ten claims are nearly $4 million. The former customers of H.D. Vest and Signal Securities who are bringing the claims allege unsuitable investments, misrepresentation, failure to perform adequate due diligence and the  sale of unregistered securities

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.

Woodbridge-A $1.2 billion Ponzi According to SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges and an asset freeze against a group of unregistered funds and their owner who allegedly bilked thousands of retail investors, many of them seniors, in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

According to the SEC’s complaint, recently unsealed in federal court in Miami, Florida, Robert H. Shapiro and a group of unregistered investment companies called the Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC formerly headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, defrauded more than 8,400 investors in the  unregistered Woodbridge funds.

“We allege that through aggressive tactics, Woodbridge and Shapiro swindled seniors into a business model built on lies, which the SEC’s Miami Regional Office staff moved to halt,” said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.

“Our complaint alleges that Woodbridge’s business model was a sham,” said Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “The only way Woodbridge was able to pay investors their dividends and interest payments was through the constant infusion of new investor money.”

“Our complaint further alleges that Shapiro used a web of layered companies to conceal his ownership interest in the purported third-party borrowers,” said Eric I. Bustillo, Director of the SEC’s Miami Regional Office.  “Shapiro used the scheme to line his pockets with millions of investor dollars.”

Barnard , who is not currently registered as a broker, was employed by HD Vest Investment Services  from 8/2014-5/2017.  Prior to that  she was with Signal Securities, Inc.  from April 2013 until June 2014.

If you have losses in an account handled by Donna Barnard,  call for a no charge consultation to learn about your options for recovery of your losses.

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