Category Archives: Stockbroker Malpractice

Dexter Leroy Thomas Investigation-Dallas, TX

August  13, 2018  UPDATE–Dallas, TX

We are currently investigating former National Planning Corp. broker Dexter L. Thomas on behalf of a resident of the Dallas area who alleges that he is the victim of fraud related to a purported loan that was made through Thomas.

Dexter Thomas Suicide- We have been informed by several former individuals who had accounts with Thomas that he committed suicide on August 4, 2018.

According to FINRA records, Dexter Leroy Thomas, was last registered with United Planners Financial Services of America and operated Dexter Thomas Financial Services in Dallas.  His FINRA record discloses  a pending customer dispute and 2 prior final 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 the currently pending matter, FINRA Case 18-0601,  a customer of National Planning Corp. alleges that Thomas violated FINRA rules and standards of conduct, violated the Texas Securities Act, made unsuitable recommendations and engaged in manipulative and deceitful conduct. Damages of $94,353 are sought in that case.

 Thomas was briefly employed by LPL Financial from 11/2017-12/2017. Prior to that he was employed by National Planning Corp. from 9/2006-11/2017.  

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.

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If you have information you believe will assist us in our investigation, please contact us.

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

Demos Argyros-Oppenheimer Broker-Subject of $900K Customer Suit-St. Louis, MO

July 2018-St. Louis, MO

The FINRA records of  Demos Argyros (Demostenes Argyropoulos),  a  stock broker who is currently employed by Oppenheimer and Co. ,  disclose a currently pending customer dispute and 3 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 FINRA Case 17-2648  a customer of Oppenheimer alleges that Argyros breached his fiduciary duty, churned their account and charged excessive fees from 1/2008-12/2016. The customer also alleges that funds are missing from their account. Damages of $900,000 are sought.

Argyros  has been employed with Oppenheimer since 1/2003.

If you have losses in an account handled or supervised by Demos Argyros call for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal 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

Charles  Stevens-D.H. Hill Securities Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Suits-St. Augustine, FL

July 2018-Clearwater, Florida

The FINRA records of  Charles T. Stevens,  a  stock broker who is currently employed by D,H. Hill Securities ,  disclose 2 currently pending customer disputes and 5 outstanding IRS judgement/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 FINRA Case 17-3348 a customer of D.H. Hill Securities seeks damages of $150,000 and alleges unsuitable recommendations to invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs) and business development companies (BDCs). The claim alleges that D.H. Hill failed to supervise Stevens.

In FINRA Case 17-2154  a customer of D.H. Hill alleges unsuitable recommendations, negligence and breach of fiduciary in connection with investments in REITs and BDCs. Damages are not specified.

Stevens discloses five currently outstanding liens, which total over $500,000, in favor of the Internal Revenue Service. The liens are filed in the St. Johns County Clerk’s office.

Stevens has been employed with D.H. Hill Securities since 6/2006 and operates St. John’s Financial Planning.

If you have losses in an account handled or supervised by Charles  Stevens call for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal 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

Clarence McGill-Former GWN Securities Broker-Barred From Securities Industry by Regulator-Frisco, TX

July 2018- Frisco, Texas

The FINRA records of  Clarence L. McGill ,  a former stock broker who was most recently  employed by GWN Securities  disclose that he was recently barred from the securities 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.

In July 2018 FINRA permanently barred McGill from the securities industry for refusing to produce information requested by FINRA in connection with its investigation of his possible participation in the sale of unsuitable investment products to customers.

McGill had been employed by GWN Securities  from 4/2014-3/2018. Prior to that he was employed by Fox Financial Management Corp. McGill discloses business affiliations with The McGill Group in Frisco, TX.

If you have questions about an account handled by Clarence McGill or if you believe you were sold unsuitable investmentscall 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

James E. Lyons-Former Raymond James Broker-Subject of $5M Customer Suit-Shreveport, LA

July 2018-Shreveport, LA

The FINRA records of former Raymond James broker James Edward Lyons disclose that he was recently barred from the securities industry and 1 pending and 5 prior customer disputes as well as 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 June 2018 FINRA barred Lyons from the securities industry for failing to appear for on the record testimony in connection with a FINRA investigation.

In May 2017 a customer of Raymond James was paid $400,000 to resolve allegations that Lyons churned their account and made fraudulent omissions in connection with the sale of limited partnerships and other investments.

In FINRA Case 11-3703 a customer of his former employer Morgan Keegan was paid $152,000 to resolve allegations that Lyons made unsuitable recommendations and traded the account without permission.

In currently pending FINRA Case 17-2973  a group of customers of Raymond James alleges that Lyons made unsuitable investment recommendations, traded their accounts without authority, over concentrated their accounts and committed fraud. The customer group is seeking damages of $5,000,000.

Lyons was employed by Raymond James  from 2/2013-5/2017 when he was discharged due to a customer allegation of unauthorized trading.Lyons discloses a business affiliation with Vinton Hotel  Project.

If you have questions about an account handled by James E. Lyons, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages 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