Category Archives: Cabot Lodge Securities

Nicholas Toadvine – Former Investors Capital Corp. Broker- Discloses 12 Prior Final Customer Disputes – Lakeland, FL

May 2017- Lakeland, FL

According to publicly available records Nicholas S. Toadvine, (CRD#3260858) ,  a  stockbroker who  was previously registered with Investors Capital Corp. discloses 12  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.

Eleven of the customer disputes were brought by customers of Toadvine’s prior employer Investors Capital Corp. and alleged unsuitable investments.  Those cases include:

  • FINRA case #14-01270- a customer of Investors Capital Corp. alleged damages of  $350,000  in connection with Oil and Gas & Real Estate Securities.   The case was settled for $132,000.
  • FINRA case #14-01392, a customer of Investors Capital Corp. alleged damages of $499,999  in connection with Oil & Gas and Real Estate Securities.    The case was settled for $140,000.
  • FINRA case #12-04257, a customer of Investors Capital Corp. alleged damages of $825,000 in connection with direct investments in limited partnerships and real estate securities.    The case was settled for $230,478.

Nicholas Toadvine was employed with Investors Capital from 6/2002 until 2/ 2012. He is currently employed by Calton & Associates, Inc. His prior employment includes Brookstone Securities, Inc. and Cabot Lodge Securities.  

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Nicholas Toadvine,  contact us to discuss your legal options.

INVESTORS CAPITAL CORP. SUBJECT OF 21 REGULATORY MATTERS–CEASES OPERATIONS FALL 2016

Investors Capital Corp. withdrew its registration with FINRA in fall 2016. Investors Capital has been named in 21 regulatory matters and a number of customer arbitrations. For more information on Investors Capital Corp, follow this link. 

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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Compliance Officer Sues Owner of Cabot Lodge Securities

February 10, 2015

Albert Akerman , the former chief compliance officer of Cabot Lodge Securities has filed a suit in New York State Court against Cabot Lodge , an affiliate United Realty Advisors,  Jacob Frydman and Craig Gould, acting CEO of Cabot Lodge.

Akerman alleges that he was wrongfully terminated and that he has been defamed in FINRA regulatory filings.

Akerman further alleges that Frydman controls Cabot Lodge and United Realty and  “is a hyper-litigant with a history of fraud claims and breaches of obligations leveled against him”. Akerman alleges that during 2014 there were numerous transactions that were cause for concern and some that were in violation of the law. That part of the complaint has those details redacted.

Cabot Lodge Securities is registered in 52 states and territories and its main office is in New York City.

If you have losses in an account at Cabot Lodge Securities, you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration. Contact us to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

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

GWG Renewable Secured Debentures/ GWG Notes-Regulator Takes Action

A search of the FINRA Disciplinary proceedings, as of December 3, 2014, reveals that the  following actions involving GWG Renewable Secured Debentures have been brought by FINRA against the named brokerage firm and/or broker(s):

  • 10/20/2013- Wall Street Strategies, Garry Savage, Sr. & Louis Karl Kittlaus named in apendingFINRA complaint (Case #

    2012033508702) alleging that misleading sales literature was distributed related to GWG Debenture and that unsuitable recommendations were made.

  • 5/22/2014- Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent from Michael John Wurdlinger, (Case #2012034936001) who worked for Center State Securities until April 30, 2013. To resolve allegations that Wurdlinger failed to adequately supervise sales of illiquid , high risk GWG Debentures, he agreed to a six month suspension from serving in a principal capacity and to requalify by examination for  principal capacity.
  • 6/19/2014- Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent from Anil Vazirani  (Case #2012034936002) who worked for Center State Securities until 11/05/2012. To resolve allegations that he sold $500,000 of GWG Debentures to seven customers without being registered with FINRA as required, he agreed to a 30 day suspension and a fine of $5,000.
  • 6/27/2014- Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent from 79 Capital Securities, LLC and Michael M. Ward (Case#2013035565002). To resolve allegations that 79 Capital Securities and Ward prepared an internet posting regarding the Debentures that omitted material information, allowed an unregistered employee sell securities  and that they failed to record required customer information related to sales of the Debentures they agreed to a $25,000 fine, a censure of 79 Capital Securities and Ward was suspended in all principal capacities for 20 days.
  • 8/12/2014- Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent from Jason Price Lamb, Chief Compliance Officer at Center Street Securities, Inc. (Case#2012034936003). To resolve allegations that Lamb failed to supervise certain sales of the Debentures by Center Street representatives, including sales to elderly customers and retirees, whose investment objectives were inconsistent with the speculative nature of the Debentures, Lamb agreed to a suspension in all principal capacities for two months and a fine of $10,000.
  • 8/12/2014-Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent from Center Street Securities, Inc. (Case #2012034936004). To resolve allegations that Center Street had inadequate supervisory procedures and permitted representatives to make unsuitable recommendations to purchase the Debentures to customers with stated conservative investment objectives and need for safety of principal, and distributed inaccurate sales literature regarding the Debentures, Center Street agreed to a censure, and undertaking to revise procedures and a fine of $100,000.
  • 8/12/2014-Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent from Robert Fontaine a broker with Freedom Investors Corporation (Case# 2013035565401). To resolve allegations that Fontaine made unsuitable recommendations and sale of GWG Debentures to customers he agreed to a one month suspension and a fine of $10,000.
  • 8/25/2014-David Joseph Escarcega named in FINRA Disciplinary Proceeding #2012034936005 alleging that Escarcega made unsuitable recommendations, falsely told customers that the Debentures were safe, low-risk liquid, or guaranteed and that he distributed a misleading sales brochure regarding the Debentures. Escarcega is currently registered with Center Street Securities.
  • 11/14/2014-Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent from Arque Capital, Ltd. (Case# 2012033994701). To resolve allegations that Arque Capital distributed misleading information   GWG Debenture sales material Arque agreed to a censure and a $50,000 fine.
  • 11/25/2014-Jeffrey D. Noard named in FINRA Disciplinary Proceeding #2012034936101 alleging that Noard made an unsuitable recommendation and sale of GWG Debentures to an elderly widow, with few financial assets, significant liquidity needs, and a “moderately conservative” risk tolerance who was  seeking income to fund her retirement. Noard was previously registered with Allied Beacon Partners, a firm that was expelled by FINRA in December 2013. He is currently registered with Cabot Lodge Securities.

GWG Renewable Secured Debentures

GWG Holdings purchases life insurance policies on the secondary market at a discount and begins paying the policy premiums until the death of the insured, at which time it collects the insurance benefit. The business model anticipates collecting more upon the maturity of the policy than was paid to purchase it and pay the premiums.

In 2012, GWG began selling the Renewable Secured Debentures with a minimum investment of $25,000 and with varying terms of 6 months to 7 years and interest rates ranging from 4.75% to 9.5%.

An investment in the Debentures is illiquid, involves a high degree of risk, including the risk of loss of the entire investment and not suitable for those investors who have limited liquid net worth or who need liquidity prior to the Debenture’s maturity date.

Rex Securities Law , located in Boca Raton, FL, 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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Jeffrey Noard-Cabot Lodge Broker- Named in Complaint by Securities Regulator Over Sale of GWG Debentures-Menomonee Falls, WI

Menomonee Falls, WI

UPDATE MAY 2017According to FINRA records, the FINRA hearing panel decision rendered 7/7/2015 fined Noard $2,500 and suspended him for 10 and also assessed him costs. The sanctions were based on findings that Noard recommended an unsuitable security to one of his elderly clients. Noard has appealed the decision.

ORIGINAL POST November 25, 2014

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) filed a Disciplinary Complaint against Jeffrey D. Noard, formerly registered with Allied Beacon Partners, Inc.  for making an unsuitable recommendation to one of his elderly clients.

GWG Renewable Secured Debentures– These investments are described in the prospectus as being illiquid, speculative and involving a high degree of risk, including the risk of losing the entire investment. There is no trading market for the GWG Debentures and investors cannot access their principal prior to maturity , absent death, bankruptcy, or total disability.

FINRA alleges that Noard sold $20,000 of GWG Debentures to an 82 year old widow whose stated objective was to fund her retirement. She had income of $40,000 a year and a liquid net worth of $40,000. Her stated risk tolerance was “moderately conservative” and she could not afford to lose any principal.

According to FINRA records, Noard is currently registered with Cabot Lodge Securities, LLC.

If you lost money in an account handled by Noard or as a result of investing in GWG Debentures, contact us to learn how you may be able to recover damages.

Rex Securities Law , located in Boca Raton, FL, provides representation to  investors  in Wisconsin and 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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Stockbroker Richard A. McGuire Sanctioned by Regulators

November 3, 2014- The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred Richard A. McGuire from associating with any FINRA member firm in any capacity and ordered him to pay restitution of $95,000, plus interest for forging a former customer’s signature to loan agreements. Disciplinary proceeding No. 20110273503. 

According to FINRA records, McGuire was registered with the following firms:

  • Financial West Group                      7/28/2014-11/3/2014
  • Cabot Lodge Securities                   3/2013-8/2014
  • Investacorp, Inc.                                  6/2011-12/2012
  • Americas Investment Corp.         12/2009-4/2011

If you suffered losses in an account managed by McGuire, contact us to learn how you may be able to recover damages.

Rex Securities Law provides nationwide representation to investors 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.

Rex Securities Law

561 391 1900