Category Archives: Misrepresentation

Celia Mae Scott-LPL Financial Broker- Discloses Settlement of Customer Dispute-Beaumont, TX

November 2018-Beaumont, TX

According to publicly available records Celia Mae Scott , (CRD# 2870484) ,  a  stockbroker who was previously registered with AXA Advisors,  disclose the 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  1/2018 a customer of AXA Advisors,  was paid $60,000 to resolve allegations that  Scott  misrepresented an annuity that he  sold to the customer.

Scott was employed by AXA Advisors from December 2007 until January of 2016.   She has been employed by LPL Financial Services since 12/2015. Scott discloses  business affiliations with Good LIfe Advisors and Scott Wealth Management, both in Beaumont, TX.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Celia Mae Scott, 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

David Colflesh-Former NYLife Securities Broker-Subject of Multiple Customer Suits Over Mutual Funds-Tarkio, MO

October 2018- Tarkio, Missouri

The FINRA records of  David R. Colflesh ,  a  former stock broker who is not currently registered and who was last employed by NYLife Securities  disclose  a regulatory suspension and 18 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 October 2018 FINRA suspended Colflesh for 18 months and fined him over $34,000 to resolve allegations that he recommended non diversified mutual funds (in energy, oil and gas)  to customers without having a reasonable basis for believing they were suitable, as he had not adequately educated himself about the funds. FINRA found that Colflesh knew his recommendations exceeded his firm’s limits on concentrations of risky stocks.

In 17 prior customer disputes NYLife paid cash settlements totaling about $750,000 to former customers of Colflesh who suffered losses on unsuitable mutual funds.

David Colflesh was employed by NYLife Securities from 9/1983-11/2016 and operates Colflesh Financial Services Inc. in Maryville, MO.

If you have losses in an account handled by David Colflesh  call for a no charge consultation to learn about your options for recovery of damages from NYLife Securities.

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

Tamara Steele- Former Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing Broker-Named in SEC Suit Over Behavioral Recognition Systems-Pendleton, Indiana

October 2018- Pendleton, Indiana

According to publicly available records Tamara R. Steele   (CRD#3227494) ,  a  stockbroker who was last registered with Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing (CAMAS)  a/k/a Aurora Private Wealth or APW Capital, Inc.  disclose a pending SEC action, 7 pending customer disputes, 2 final customer disputes 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 September 2018 the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)  filed an action against Tamara Steele and her solely owned corporation, Steele Financial alleging 12/ 2012 -10/2016, Steele and Steele Financial, both Indiana based investment advisors, fraudulently recommended and sold to their advisory clients over $13 million in extremely risky securities issued by a private company, Behavioral Recognition Systems (BRS).  In violation of their fiduciary duties of loyalty of good faith, the SEC alleges that they failed to disclose to their clients that BRS had agreed to pay them  commissions ranging from 8% to 18% of the funds raised for BRS.  BRS Labs later became Giant Gray.  By this fraud, Steele and Steele Financial profited at the expense of their clients.   The SEC seeks disgorgement, penalties and an injunction.

Several customers have settled cases with Steele’s firm over the BRS investment.

In March 2018, May  2018 and in June 2018, customers with APW Capital, Inc.( aka Aurora Private Wealth and formerly known as Comprehensive Asset Management and and Servicing (CAMAS),  filed customer disputes against Steele alleging “outside business activities, selling away and private securities transactions, unsuitable investments, negligent account management, violation of the Indiana Securities Act, Violation of Registered Investment Advisor Section of Indiana Securities Act, Sale of unregistered and non-exempt securities, breach of fiduciary duty, violations of FINRA conduct rules and NYSE Board Rules”.   Alleging damages of $124,757.53, $500,000 and $200,000 respectively,  these three cases are all still pending.

In June of 2017,  Tamara Steele was discharged from her position with Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing (CAMAS).   According to allegations on her FINRA record “Through a phone call to  CAMAS by her attorney, Ms. Steele self-reported having participated in private securities transactions for multiple clients without prior notice and approval from CAMAS.  Our internal review confirmed the facts of Ms. Steele’s self-report.”

Tamara Steele was employed with Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing, Inc.  from January 2009 until July 2017. She is not currently registered with any broker dealer.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Tamara Steele, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about your legal 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

Raymond Benjamin-Former LPL Financial Broker -Discloses Pending Customer Dispute-Augusta, GA

September 2018- Augusta, GA

According to publicly available records , Raymond S. Benjamin,  a  stockbroker who was previously with LPL Financial and is now works for  Chalice Capital Partners disclose a pending 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 5/2018 a customer with LPL Financial alleged that a variable annuity purchase was an unsuitable recommendation since the contract contained sub-par rates of return and excessive expenses and was unfit for a defined benefit plan.   The customer further alleged that Benjamin misrepresented the terms of the contract and breached his fiduciary duty and allegedly coerced the customer into purchasing the contract.    Damages of $271,048 are sought.

Raymond Benjamin worked for LPL Financial from July 2010 until August 2018.  He has since been employed with Chalice Capital Partners since 8/2018. Benjamin discloses a business affiliation with Firethorn Wealth Partners in Augusta, GA.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Raymond Benjamin, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about your legal 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

Craig Wakefield-Merrill Lynch Broker-Discloses $100K Customer Dispute- Houston, TX

October 2018- Houston, TX

According to FINRA records, Craig D. Wakefield,  a stockbroker who is currently registered with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith (Merrill Lynch) discloses a currently pending 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 May 2018 a customer of  Merrill Lynch filed FINRA case #18-1964   alleging unsuitable investment recommendations and misrepresentations by Wakefield in 2016.     The alleged damages are $100,000.

Wakefield has been employed with Merrill Lynch since February of 2010.

If you have questions about an account handled by Craig Wakefield , contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal 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 are handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.  

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law 

Toll Free: 877-224-3199

Florida: 561-391-1900

Texas: 512-329-2870