Category Archives: Stockbroker Malpractice

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

Michael Ralby – Former Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Broker- Barred From Securities Industry- Boca Raton – FL

October 2018- Boca Raton, FL

According to publicly available records  Michael B. Ralby (CRD#1301072), a stockbroker who formerly was registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, disclose a regulatory event, 2 pending customer disputes and six prior customer disputes.

The Financial 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 require to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In March of 2018  Ralby was permanently barred from the securities industry after  he refused to appear for a FINRA on-the-record testimony in connection with its investigation into whether Ralby had accepted loans from a customer in violation of FINRA rules.

In 9/2014, a customer of Above the Line Consulting, LLC alleged civil conspiracy and willful statutory violation of Florida statutes .    The case was filed in Miami Dade County, Florida in the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, and resulted in judgment to the customer of $2.2 million.

In July of 2018 a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customer alleged unsuitability with respect to purchase of structured products.    The case was settled for $13,604.

In January of 2017 a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customer alleged unauthorized trading and the case settled for $35,450.

In April of 2009,  a Stanford Group Company customer alleged being misled regarding the risk level of his purchase of the Stanford International Bank CD.    He submitted to complaints to FINRA – one alleging compensatory Damages of $587.698 and the other for $140,721.   This case is still pending.

Michael Ralby worked for  Oppenheimer & Co. from March 2009 until July 2013 when he went to work with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney from July 2013 until January 2018.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Michael Ralby, 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

Mark Kolta-Former National Securities Corp Broker-Subject of Two Customer Suits Involving Real Estate Investments-New York

September 2018-New York

According to publicly available records Mark Sam Kolta ,  a   stockbroker who formerly worked for National Securities Corp.  and who  is currently registered with Worden Capital Management, disclose 2 currently pending customer disputes, 12 prior 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 currently pending FINRA arbitration 18-2394 a customer of National Securities Corp. alleges that Kolta made misrepresentations and sold them an unsuitable real estate security. The customer seeks damages of #120,000.

In another currently pending FINRA arbitration (#18-2017) a customer of National Securities Corp. alleges that Kolta made an unsuitable recommendation to invest in a real estate security and made misrepresentations in connection with the sale. The customer seeks damages of $450,000.

In 2011 Kolta was discharged by a former employer, Chase Investment Services, who makes the following allegation on Kolta’s FINRA record: “Registered rep advised customers of another brokerage firm in the trading of options during his employment with the firm without the firms knowledge or permission.”

Mark Kolta was employed by National Securities Corp. from 9/2013-6/2017. He was with Aegis Capital Corp for a short time from 6/2017-2/2018 and has currently been employed by Worden Capital Management since 4/2018.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Mark Kolta , 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 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

Curt Howard-Former Edward Jones Broker-Subject of $1M Customer Suit-Monahans, TX/ Sapulpa, OK

September 2018-Sapulpa, OK / Mobile, AL /Monahans, TX

According to publicly available records Curtis Lee Howard ,  a   stockbroker who formerly worked for Edward Jones and who  is currently registered with Harbor Financial Services, disclose a  prior customer dispute, a currently pending customer dispute 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 the currently pending case filed in Dallas County, TX, a customer of Edward Jones is seeking damages of $1 million and alleges that Howard breached his fiduciary duty, committed fraud , breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing and other claims.

Curtis Howard was employed by Edward Jones from 7/1985 until 9/2017 when he was discharged by Edward Jones who makes the following allegation on Howard’s FINRA record: “Mr. Howard’s employment was terminated by the Firm’s HR Department. Concerns had been raised relating to professionalism and judgment.”

Curtis Howard discloses a business affiliation with Phoenix Wealth Partners, LLC.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Curtis Howard , 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 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