Category Archives: Cetera Advisors

Mohamed Debbagh-Former Cetera Advisors Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Suit-Boca Raton, FL

April 2018 -Boca Raton, FL

According to FINRA records, Mohamed Debbagh,  a   stockbroker who was recently  employed by Cetera Advisors  , disclose  a pending dispute by a former customer.

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 Case 18-0840 a customer of Debbagh while he was employed by  Cetera Advisors and Fintegra is seeking damages of $209,000. The customer alleges breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, misrepresentation, common law fraud, unsuitable trading and violations of securities laws.

Debbagh is currently employed by Merrill Lynch. He was employed by Cetera Advisors from 3/2013-11/2017. Prior to that he was employed by Fintegra, LLC from 3/2010-3/2013. Fintegra withdrew their FINRA registration in 9/2015 and filed for bankruptcy that same month.

If you have questions about an account handled by Mohamed Debbagh contact us 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

Martin Brooks-Former Cetera Advisors Broker-Discloses Settlement of $490K Customer Dispute-Lee’s Summit, MO

March 2018- Lee’s Summit, MO

The FINRA records of Martin Earl Brooks , a stockbroker who is currently employed  by United Planners Financial Services of America , disclose a prior final customer dispute, a recent regulatory matter 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 March 2018, Brooks was suspended for 15 days and fined $5,000 by FINRA to resolve allegations that while employed by Multi-Financial Securities (now known as Cetera Advisors) he purchased shares in a real estate fund for five different customers, without their permission. Brooks failed to mark the trades as solicited , and improperly marked them as unsolicited.

In July 2017, a customer of Cetera Advisors was paid $490,000 to resolve allegations that real estate investments recommended by Brooks were unsuitable.

Brooks was employed by Cetera Advisors from 10/2006-4/2016, when he was discharged by Cetera who made the following allegation on Brooks‘ FINRA record: “allegation by client that representative recommended unsuitable investments.” 

Brooks has been employed by United Planners since 7/2016.

If you have questions about an account handled by Martin Brooks contact us for a no charge consultation 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

National Toll Free: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Christopher Hickman-Former Cetera Advisors Broker-Discloses a Regulatory Event, 7 Customer Disputes -Delray Beach, FL

February 2018- Delray Beach, FL

According to publicly available records  Christopher Hickman. (CRD#3267599) a stockbroker who is not currently registered, and who last was employed by Cetera Advisors , disclose a regulatory event and  seven 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.

In June of 2017 FINRA entered into an agreement with Christopher Hickman resulting in a $115,989.75 fine and a five month suspension.   According to the agreement with FINRA:  “Without admitting or denying the findings, Hickman consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he engaged in an unsuitable pattern of short-term trading of unit investment trusts (UITs) in six customer accounts.   The findings stated that Hickman repeatedly recommended that the customers purchase UITs and the sell these products within a year of purchase.  The UITs that Hickman recommended had maturity dates of 24 months or longer and carried sales charges of up to 3.95%.   Nevertheless, on dozens of occasions, Hickman recommended that his customers sell their UIT positions less than a year after purchase.   Indeed the average holding period for the UITs purchased in these six customers’ accounts was just 136 days. In addition, on several occasions Hickman recommended that his customers use the proceeds from the short-term sale of a UIT to purchase another UIT with similar or even identical investment objectives.   As a result of these transactions the six customers at issue suffered losses of approximately $115,989.75.”

Prior customer settlements include:

  • FINRA Case 17-1056- In 1/2018 a customer of Cetera Advisors was paid $150,000 to resolve allegations that Hickman was negligent and allegations of elder abuse.
  • FINRA Case 09-05733-  filed by a customer of his former employer, Banc of America,  alleged unsuitable investments and unauthorized trading.   The case was settled for $75,000.
  • FINRA Case 09-05493- a Banc of America Investment Services customer filed a dispute alleging that trading in the account was not suitable for the client and that misrepresentations were made regarding her investments.    The case settled for $650,000.

Hickman was been  employed with Cetera Advisors  from 9/2009-7/2015. Hickman discloses a business affiliation with Premier Client Investments in Delray Beach, FL.

If you have losses in an account handled by Christopher Hickman, contact us 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

How to Recover Losses on Miller Energy Resources Investments

OCTOBER 2017

If you suffered losses as a result of following your broker’s recommendation to invest in Miller Energy Resources, contact us to find out how you may be able to recover damages from the brokerage firm through FINRA arbitration.

Miller Energy Resources filed for bankruptcy in October 2015 after the company and its officials were charged with inflating the value of its oil and gas properties by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Many investors were encouraged to invest in Miller Energy Resources and other oil and gas investments believing that such investments were safe and secure only to see the value drop dramatically.

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

Abraham Heimann-Former Oppenheimer/Cetera Stockbroker-Subject of Suits Over Energy Investments-Alpharetta, GA

April 2018-Alpharetta, GA

According to publicly available records Abraham Heimann, (CRD#1315922) ,  a  stockbroker who last was employed by Cetera Advisors, and who is not currently registered with any brokerage firm, discloses five currently pending customer disputes involving energy sector investments and two prior customer complaints that are final.

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.

The currently pending customer cases include:

  • FINRA case 17-02785-a customer of Heimann while he was employed at Cetera Advisors alleges damages of $364,000  for breach of fiduciary duty and negligence, failure to supervise, unauthorized trading and violation of FINRA conduct rules with respect to energy sector investments.
  • FINRA case #17-2498-a customer of Heimann while he was employed at Oppenheimer & Co,  alleges damages of $200,000  for breach of fiduciary duty, , negligence fraud, failure to supervise, unauthorized trading, excessive fees, costs and commissions and other claims with respect to energy sector investments.
  • FINRA case #17-1951-a customer of Heimann while he was employed at Oppenheimer and then Cetera Advisors alleges damages of $1,500,000  for lack of diversification.
  • FINRA case #15-03220 , another customer of Heimann while he was employed at Oppenheimer and then Cetera Advisors alleges damages of $876,195 for unsuitable investing, unauthorized trading, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation. The investments alleged to be unsuitable are oil & gas, penny stocks and medical investments.

Heimann , who is not currently registered as a stockbrokerwas employed by Cetera Advisors  from 6/2013-2/2016.  He was with Oppenheimer & Co. from 1/2002-7/2013. Heimann discloses business affiliations with Alpha Insurance Mart, Global Investments LLC,  and Danlee International.

If you have losses in an account handled by  Abraham Heimann contact us for a no charge consultation 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