Category Archives: A.G. Edwards

Christopher D. Sinkula Investigation-Janney Montgomery Scott Broker-Stuart, FL

June 2017-Stuart, Florida

We are investigating Stuart-based Janney Montgomery Scott stockbroker Christopher D. Sinkula. FINRA records indicate that Sinkula has been employed by Janney Montgomery Scott since 8/2008.

Our client is a single lady approaching retirement who alleges damages for  unsuitable investments which she alleges were purchased for her account by Sinkula.

Sinkula’s official broker records disclose that two of his customers brought actions that resulted in cash settlements:

  • In FINRA Case 12-01357 a customer of CItigroup Global Markets, his prior employer, sought damages of $879,680 alleging that Sinkula misrepresented the features of variable annuities that he recommended. That case was settled for $200,000.
  • In NASD Case 97-0761 a customer of A.G. Edwards, his prior employer, sought damages of $67,540 and alleged breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, account related negligence and failure to execute. That case was settled for $46,000.

If you have information you feel could be helpful to this investigation, please contact Nan Thompson at 561 391 1900.

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

Jeffrey L. Offen-Craft Capital Management Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes & Judgements-Garden City, NY

April 2017- Garden City, NY

According to publicly available records Jeffrey L. Offen  , (CRD# 2893980) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Craft Capital Management  discloses:

  • a prior regulatory event
  • 2 prior customer disputes
  • 12 currently outstanding liens/judgments

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 December 2016 Offen was fined $5,000 and suspended for 60 days by FINRA for failing to timely disclose reportable information. FINRA Case 2016048415301.

In FINRA Case 9-5377 a customer of New Castle Financial Services alleged damages of $98,000 for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and negligence. That case was settled for $60,000 in 1/2011.

The 12 outstanding judgment/liens against Offen include:

  • $4,970 to Sharton T. McLaughlin, MD
  • $17,049 to Daimler Chrysler
  • $58,970 to the Internal Revenue Service
  • $35,621 to the Family Court of the State of New York
  • $6,117 to Salvatore Albanese & Co.

Offen has been employed by Craft Capital Management since 10/2016. His prior employment includes Salomon Whitney Financial, Network 1 Financial Securities, Laidlaw & Company and Obsidian Financial Group. 

If you have questions about an account handled by Jeffrey L. Offen, 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

Debra R. Lambert-Raymond James Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Arbitration

August  2016-The Villages, Florida

The FINRA records of Debra R. Lambert ,  a  stock broker who is currently employed by Raymond James & Assoc. , disclose a pending customer dispute brought by a customer of Merrill Lynch, Lambert’s prior employer.

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 pending FINRA arbitration #16-0228, a customer alleges damages of $326,515 for unsuitable investment recommendations, unauthorized trading and excessive trading from June 2011-April 2014.

Lambert has been employed by Raymond James & Assoc. since 5/2014.  Her prior employment includes Merrill Lynch and  A.G. Edwards & Sons. 

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

Robert Kyle Ratcliff-Stifel,Nicolaus Broker-Discloses Customer Arbitration-Denton, TX

Denton, Texas

UPDATE JULY 2017FINRA records disclose that arbitration 15-3427, discussed below, was settled 2/2017 for $117,477.

 August  2016-ORIGINAL POST   The FINRA records of Robert Kyle Ratcliff ,  a  stock broker who is currently employed by Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. , disclose 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 currently pending FINRA arbitration 15-03427, a customer of Stifel, Nicolaus  alleges damages of $75,000 for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, failure to supervise, failure to make suitable investment recommendations, unauthorized trading, violations of Texas Securities Act, fraud, misrepresentation and breach of contract from 4/28/2011-5/28/2013.

Ratcliff has been employed by Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. since 2/2010. His prior employment includes Wells Fargo Advisors and A.G. Edwards & Sons.

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

Parks H. Brown Investigation-VSR Financial-Marietta, GA

UPDATE July 28, 2016 According to FINRA records, Parks Brown, Jr. left his employment with VSR Financial in July 2016. FINRA records indicate that he is not currently licensed.

Marietta, Georgia-February 2016

Rex Securities Law is investigating VSR Financial Services broker Parks H. Brown, Jr. of IM Portfolios, Inc.  in connection with the sale of unsuitable investments including options, penny stocks and common and preferred equities, including the following securities:

  • New Generation Biofuels Holdings
  • Exco Resources
  • Akamai Technologies
  • Synovus Financial 
  • Star Scientific, Inc. 

According to FINRA records Brown was named in a FINRA arbitration in 2014 (#14-1744) by a customer who alleged unsuitable investments, churning, unauthorized trades and breach of fiduciary duty. That case was settled in 9/2015 for $71,500.

Earlier in 2001, Brown, who at the time was working for A.G. Edwards,  was named in another arbitration ( NASD 01-1817) by a customer alleging unauthorized transactions, churning excessive concentration and violations of securities laws. An arbitration panel awarded $229,839 to the customer.

According to FINRA records Brown has been registered with VSR Financial Services since 10/2005.

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 Parks Brown or losses in a VSR Financial Services account , 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