Category Archives: Unsuitable Investments

Gary D. Moore- Former VSR Financial Broker- Investigation- Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Rex Securities Law is investigating former VSR Financial Services broker Gary D. Moore  in connection with the sale of limited partnerships, promissory notes and real estate securities during the time he was employed by VSR Financial Services from 6/2004-6/2007. He is currently employed by National Planning Corporation.

According to FINRA records Moore is named in FINRA arbitration #14-2969 in which a customer alleges damages of $375,000 in connection with the sale of real estate securities, promissory notes and other direct investments. The customer alleges breach of written contract, breach of fiduciary duty,  gross negligence, misrepresentations and violations of securities laws.

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments. In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

If you have losses in an account handled by  Gary D. Moore while he was employed by VSR Financial Services , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those 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

Brian C. Tillotson- Former VSR Financial Broker- Investigation- Southlake, Texas

Southlake, Texas

Rex Securities Law is investigating former VSR Financial Services broker Brian C. TIllotson (VIrtus Wealth Management) in connection with the sale of unsuitable real estate investments during the time he was employed by VSR Financial Services from 1/2002-6/2014.

According to FINRA records Tillotson was named in FINRA arbitration #12-444 in which a customer alleged damages of $350,000 in connection with the sale of real esate securities. That customer alleged breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, misrepresentation, negligence and unsuitability. The case was settled for $148,000, according to FINRA.

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments. In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

If you have losses in an account handled by  Tillotson while he was employed by VSR Financial Services , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those 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

James R. Kennedy-Former VSR Financial Services Broker Discloses Customer Disputes- Eastland, Texas

February 2017- Eastland, Texas

Rex Securities Law is investigating former VSR Financial Services broker James Roy Kennedy of the Smart Money Group and Kennedy Financial Services in connection with the sale of unsuitable investments, including real estate investment trusts (REITs), limited partnerships, direct investments and  promissory notes .

According to FINRA records Kennedy has been named in  four customer disputes which alleged unsuitable investments and resulted in financial settlements with the customers.

According to FINRA records Kennedy was registered with VSR Financial Services from 1997 until 7/2016. He is currently registered with Calton & Associates.

VSR Financial’s Prior Issues with Alternative Investments

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments. In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers. During the summer of 2016, VSR Financial announced that they were winding down their brokerage business and transferring accounts and many of their brokers to an affiliated entity, Summit Brokerage Services.

See this for prior posts on VSR Financial Services and issues related to the sale of alternative investments.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

If you have losses in an account handled by  James Roy Kennedy or other  VSR Financial Services  broker, contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those 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

Stockbroker Leavitt Sanders has 38 Customer Complaints- Invest Financial Corporation-West Point, Georgia

West Point, Georgia

We are investigating Leavitt F. Sanders,  of Leavitt Financial Group, who was a registered stockbroker with the following broker dealers:

  • Capital Asset Advisory Services                   1/2014- present
  • Triad Advisors                                                        1/2014-12/2014
  • Invest Financial Corporation                       10/2008-1/2014
  • Financial Network Investment Co.               11/1998-10/2008

According to FINRA records, Sanders has been named in 38 customer disputes, of which 13 are still pending.

In these prior and pending customer disputes, Sander’s former customers have made numerous allegations regarding the mishandling of their brokerage accounts, including:

  • unsuitable investment strategies
  • misrepresentation
  • breach of fiduciary duty
  • lack of diversification
  • excessive trading
  • unauthorized trading
  • failure to follow liquidation instructions

In March 2015, the Georgia Secretary of State suspended Sanders pending his agreement to produce documents and records for inspection in connection with an official records examination.

If you have losses in an account handled by Leavitt Sanders, contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages from his former 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

RIdgewood Energy Fund Investors Paid $60,000 By Transamerica Financial

December 30, 2015

The FInancial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) reports that clients of Transamerica Financial Advisors broker Bruce A. Slater filed an arbitration  (Case 1H-03503) alleging that an investment in Ridgewood Energy Fund was not suitable and inconsistent with their objectives.  The customers sought compensatory damages of $125,000 as well as punitive damages.

According to FINRA, Slater was dismissed and Transamerica Financial Advisors settled the case for $60,000.

Oil & Gas investments like the Ridgewood Energy Funds may not be suitable for retirees and others seeking conservative investments. If you have questions about losses in oil and gas investments, call to discuss your 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