Category Archives: Cetera Advisors

Travis Hughes of Hughes Financial Group-Discloses Numerous Customer Suits-El Paso, TX

January 2019-El Paso, Texas

According to publicly available records   Travis Jerome Hughes , a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Cetera Advisors  disclose a currently pending customer dispute, 11 prior 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 the currently pending matter a customer of Cetera Advisors alleges poor performance of an investment in a real estate trust (REIT) and is seeking damages of over $18,000. Five of the prior customer disputes were were resolved with cash settlements, including:

  • FINRA Case 17-0028 in which a customer of Investors Capital Corp. was paid $37,500 to resolve allegations that investments in real estate securities and corporate debt were unsuitable.
  • A case filed in El Paso County (2008-3396) in which a customer of AXA Advisors was paid $350,000 to resolve allegations that they were sold unsuitable investments and victims of fraud.
  • A customer of AXA Advisors was paid $289,000 in 2007 to resolve allegations that she was sold three variable life insurance policies that were unsuitable based upon her financial objectives.

Hughes has been with Cetera Advisors since 10/2016. His prior employment includes Investors Capital Corp. , AXA Advisors and The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. Hughes discloses business affiliations with Liberty Tax and Hughes Financial Group.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Travis Hughes , 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Bradley Allen Bowman-Former Cetera Investments Services Broker-Discloses 400K Customer Dispute- Sugarland TX

November 2018-Sugarland, TX

According to publicly available records Bradley Allen Bowman , (CRD# 2898756) ,  a  stockbroker currently employed by LPL Finanical who was previously registered with Cetera Investment Services,  disclose a pending $400,000 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 January of 2018, a customer of  Cetera Investment Services,  filed FINRA case #18-0177 alleging  that Bowman did nothing to mitigate the collapse of their portfolios.    The customer is seeking damages of $400,000 in this pending matter.

Bowman was employed by Cetera Investment Services from April 2009 until October 2016.   He has been employed by LPL Financial Services since 10/2016. Bowman discloses a business affiliation with Intrua Financial in Houston, TX.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Bradley Allen Bowman, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages from his 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

Scott Kozak-Former Cetera Advisors Broker-Subject of Regulatory Investigation-Highland Ranch, CO

August 2018-Highland Ranch, CO

The FINRA records of  Scott P. Kozak ,  a  unregistered broker who was last employed by  Cetera Advisors disclose  4 prior customer disputes, a currently pending investigation and a termination of 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 2009 a customer of Kozak’s prior employer, Multi-Financial Securities Corp. was awarded $51,750 to resolve allegations of securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other claims.

In 2008, another customer of Multi-Financial Securities was paid $27,500 to resolve allegations that Kozak did not follow instructions resulting in substantial tax losses.

In May 2018 FINRA sent a Wells Notice to Kozak recommending that Kozak be disciplined for potential violations related to the sale of private securities and outside business activities. That investigation is currently pending.

Kozak was employed by Cetera Advisors from 7/2001 until 7/2018 when he was discharged for violating firm policy related to private securities transactions.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Scott Kozak or on private securities purchased upon his recommendation , 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

Peter Klaass and Heath Bowen-Former Allegis Investment Advisors-Sued Over Option Trading-Idaho Falls, ID

April 2019-Idaho Falls, ID 

The FINRA records of two former Allegis Investment Advisors stockbrokers , Peter Gerhard Klaass and Heath Shayne Bowen   disclose that the Colorado Division of Securities alleged that both Klaass and Bowen placed their advisory clients in high risk and complex options trades that their clients did not understand.

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 2/2018, the Colorado Division of Securities issued a cease and desist and revoked Klaass‘ investment adviser representative license in Colorado. Bowen was sanctioned with a cease and desist.

Klaass has settled three customer suits over option investments and discloses a pending FINRA arbitration by a customer of Allegis seeking over $450,000 in damages related to option investments. Klaass was employed by Allegis Investment Services from 5/2014-3/2017 and thereafter with Cetera Advisor Network. He voluntarily resigned from Cetera in 4/2018 following the cease and desist order issued by Colorado securities regulators.

In 12/2017 Bowen was ordered to pay a customer $575,000 in FINRA Case 17-3131. There are currently three pending arbitrations by customers which relate to option investment and seek cumulative damages of over $600,000.

In 4/2019 Bowen was suspended indefinitely by FINRA for failure to comply with an arbitration award or settlement agreement or to satisfactorily respond to a FINRA request to provide information concerning the status of compliance.

If you have questions about an account handled by Peter Klaass and/or Heath S. Bowen, contact us for a no charge consultation. 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

David J. Schmerber-Former LPL Financial Broker-Settles Dispute Over Unsuitable Investments-Centerville, OH

May 2018- Centerville, OH

According to FINRA records, David Joseph Schmerber,  a  stockbroker who was  formerly employed by LPL Financial Services, disclose  the recent settlement of a 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 FINRA Case 17-0659 a customer of his prior employer LPL Financial  alleged that between 2008-9/2016, Schmerber invested their accounts in various complex, volatile and speculative securities which were unsuitable for their investment objectives. That case was settled in 11/2017 for $395,000.

Schmerber was employed by LPL Financial Services from 3/19997-3/2017. He is currently employed by Cetera Advisors in Centerville, OH.

If you have questions about an account handled by David J. Schmerber, call for a no charge consultation 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