Category Archives: Unauthorized Trading

Stefan Pastor-Former Raymond James Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-Ft. Lauderdale, FL

October 2020- Hollywood, FL

According to publicly available records.  Stefan Anton Pastor, (CRD#5141819), a  former stockbroker who last worked for Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.,  discloses a regulatory event, 2 final customer disputes and 2 terminations 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 2019 Pastor was permanently barred from the securities industry after an investigation regarding unauthorized trades he executed in the account of one of his member firm’s customers and false trade confirmations that he provided to the customer.    Pastor consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he provided false information to FINRA.

In March 2018 a customer of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.  alleged forgery in connection with unauthorized trades in her account.    The case settled for $60,000.

Pastor was duly registered with Provenance Wealth Advisors and with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc from August of 2013 until he was terminated from employment in April of 2018 by both companies after a client alleged unauthorized purchases in her account and that Pastor provided sale confirms that were determined to not be authentic.

Pastor was  he has been employed with Cathy Pareto and Associates  from June 2018 until November 2018 and with BlueKey Personal Wealth Planning from November 2018 until he was barred from FINRA in September 2019.

If you had an account with Stefan Pastor that suffered losses, you may be entitled to collect damages from his prior employer. Call 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Andrew “Andy” Grant- Laidlaw & Co. Broker- Discloses Regulatory Event- Melville, NY

October  2020- Red Bank, NJ

According to publicly available records Andrew “Andy” Grant (CRD#2709882), a stockbroker employed with  Laidlaw & Company,  discloses a regulatory event.

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 January of 2020 in case #2018059 FINRA alleges that Grant effected trades in customers’ accounts using discretion without the customers’ prior written authorization and without the firm accepting these accounts as discretionary in writing.     Sanctions were a 15 day suspension from FINRA for all capacities and a $5,000 fine.

Grant has been employed with Laidlaw & Co. since November of 2012.    Before that he was employed by Obsidian Financial Group.

If you had an account with Andrew “Andy” Grant that suffered losses, you may be entitled to collect damages from his prior employer. Call 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

Gerald Eaton-Former Commonwealth Broker Barred from FINRA-Terminated After Allegations of Forgery-Waltham, MA

June 2020- Waltham, MA

The FINRA records of Gerald Allan Eaton  , a former stock broker who was last employed  by  Commonwealth Financial Network disclose a regulatory event resulting in his bar from the securities industry and a termination.

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 November 2019, Eaton was permanently barred from the securities industry by the FINRA  after allegations that Eaton failed to provide documents and information requested by FINRA in connection with its investigation into the reason for  his termination by Commonwealth.

Eaton worked for Commonwealth Financial Network from March of 1995 until October 2019, when he was discharged by Commonwealth who alleged that he had committed forgery and wrongfully taken property.

If you have problems in an account  handled by Gerald Allan Eaton  call 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

James Booth-Former LPL Financial Broker-Barred from Industry-Subject of Multiple Theft Claims-Norwalk, CT

June 2020- Norwalk, CT

According to publicly available records, former LPL Financial financial advisor James T. Booth,  has been barred from the securities industry by FINRA. He  discloses 3 regulatory events, a pending criminal charge,  a pending civil event, 21 settled and 15 pending 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  2019 FINRA (FINRA case 2019062787101) and United States Securities and Exchange Commission (case #3-19596) permanently barred Booth from the securities industry to resolve allegations that he converted funds, totaling at least approximately $1,000,000 that multiple customers of his gave him to invest on their behalf, he however, deposited the funds into an account he controlled and used them for his own personal use.

In February 2020 the State of Connecticut filed case #CDFR-20-8535 alleging that Booth had violated the anti-fraud provisions of the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act and engaged in dishonest or unethical practices.    More specifically, Booth allegedly used investor funds for his personal expenses and that he fabricated client account statements to reflect investments that were, in fact, never made.   Booth allegedly misappropriated approximately $5 million in investor funds.

In September 2019 formal charges were brought against Booth in Federal Court in the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York  of 1 felony count of securities fraud, one felony count of investment advisor fraud and one felony count of wire fraud.   Booth pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud.   The criminal case is still pending.

In September 2019 the United States Securities and Exchange commission filed civil charges in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut alleging that Booth conducted a multi- year scheme that defrauded approximately 40 investors of nearly $4 million.   Many of Booth’s clients and customers were unsophisticated investors, including seniors who utilized Booth’s services for their retirement savings.   In furtherance of the scheme, Booth fabricated elaborate account statements, which were provided to the investors.   The fabricated account statements reflected various ownership positions, transactions and earnings, all to create the false appearance that the investors’ money had been invested as promised; some statements even included fictitious securities and values.   When investors requested withdrawals, Booth routinely used assets fraudulently acquired from other investors to cover those withdrawals.   Relief sought in this case are civil and administrative penalties and fines, disgorgement, injunction and monetary penalties and other fines.  This case is pending.

In 2019, 10 of Booth’s customers of LPL Financial and Invest Financial Corporation settled customer disputes in the collective amount of over $2,266,000.

From July 2019 until December 2019 there were 22 customer disputes filed alleging among other things that Booth misappropriated funds by depositing customers funds into an account for an entity which he controlled, that Booth converted their funds to support a Ponzi scheme using multiple shell companies and misconduct.    Many of these cases are all still pending.

Booth  was employed by LPL Financial  from February 2018  until June 2019  when he was discharged.   Before that Booth was employed with Invest Financial Corporation  and with Cadaret, Grant & Co..

If you have losses in an account handled by James Booth call 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