Category Archives: Cetera Advisors

Kendall J. Groom- Former Independent Financial Group Broker- Barred From Securities Industry- Fresno, CA

January 2020- Fresno, CA

The FINRA records of Kendall J. Groom  , a broker previously employed  by  Independent Financial Group disclose  a regulatory event resulting in his bar from the securities industry.

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 August 2019, Groom was permanently barred from the securities industry by the Securities and Exchange Commission after allegations that as trustee he diverted approximately $460,000 of the trusts’ assets to brokerage, advisory, and bank accounts that he owned or controlled.

In addition to the bar from the industry, he was ordered to disgorge over $262,000 and pay penalties and interest in excess of $200,000.

Groom worked for Independent Financial Group from December of 2016 to August of 2019.   From November of 1999-December of 2016, he worked for Cetera Financial . Groom discloses a business affiliation with Groom, McCormick LLP, an accounting firm.

If you have problems in an account  handled by Kendall J. Groom  call 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 

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Robert Edward Burns- Cetera Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes-Greenwood Village, CO

January 2020- Greenwood Village, CO

The FINRA records of Robert Edward Burns, a stockbroker employed by  Cetera Advisor Networks disclose a pending customer dispute and  a prior 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 August 2018 a  customer of Burns’ prior employer ,VSR Financial Services, Inc.; Summit Brokerage Services, was paid $150,000 in FINRA case #18-02447 to  resolve allegations that Burns made unsuitable investments in real estate securities and UDF IV.

In pending FINRA case #19-02163,  a VSR Financial Services, Inc.; Summit Brokerage Services, customer alleges overconcentration and unsuitable investments in alternative products as well as alleging that the firm failed to do due diligence on the alternative investments and is seeking $500,000 in damages.

For more information regarding the recovery of losses on alternative investments purchased from the now defunct VSR Financial Services, see this. 

Burns  has been employed by Cetera Advisors since September of 2019.   From September of 2016 until September of 2019, he was with Summit Brokerage Services and from September of 2016 until November 2016 he was with VSR Financial Services.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Robert Edward Burns Summit Brokerage, VSR Financial or Cetera Advisor Networks call for a no charge consultation to learn more about your legal 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.

International Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Richard Pittman-Cetera Advisors Broker-Discloses 3 Prior Customer Disputes & 1 Pending Customer Dispute-Memphis, TN

January 2020- Memphis, TN 

The FINRA records of Richard L. Pittman, a stockbroker employed by  Cetera Advisor disclose a pending customer dispute and  3 prior 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 October 2018 a  customer of  Pittman’s prior employer ,Investors Capital Corp., was paid $45,000 in FINRA case #18-03516 to  resolve allegations that Pitman made unsuitable investment recommendations.

In August of 2018, a customer of Investors Capital Corp. was paid $95,000 in FINRA case #18-02571 to resolve allegations that Pittman made unsuitable investments.

In 10/2016, an Investors Capital Corp. customer was paid $75,000 in FINRA case #17-00699  to resolve allegations that Pittman made unsuitable investment recommendations in oil & gas and real estate securities .

In pending FINRA case #19-02785 an Investors Capital Corp. customer alleges suitability of investments made in 2008 and i seeking damages of $150,000.

Pittman  has been employed by Cetera Advisors since October of 2016.   From August of 2008 until October 2016 he was with Investors Capital Corp.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Richard Pittman at Investors Capital or Cetera call for a no charge consultation to learn more about your legal 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.

International Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Conrad Coggeshall-Former Packerland Broker-Charged With Fraud, Scottsdale, AZ

November 2019-Scottsdale, Arizona

Conrad Coggeshall has been charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with fraud. The SEC complaint alleges that Coggeshall raised $700,000 from four elderly investors from April 2017-May 2018, claiming that the money was going to a New York mergers and acquisition firm called Business Owners Tax Relief. The victims were promised a fixed rate of interest.

Instead the money was used to pay his personal expenses and to make payments to the investors to provide the impression it was a going concern.

According to FINRA records, Coggeshall was an employee of Packerland Brokerage Services from 6.2015-1/2018. Prior to that he worked for USA Financial Securities and Cetera Advisors. He has not been a licensed broker since leaving Packerland in 2018.

Coggeshall discloses business affiliations with Arrowhead Wealth Management in Peoria, AZ and Cypress Associates in Houston, TX.

If you have questions about an account handled by Conrad Coggeshall call 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.

International Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Scott Shoup-Cetera Advisor Networks Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes-Sewickley, PA 

September 2019- Sewickley, PA

According to publicly available records Scott Eugene Shoup (CRD#1874559) , a  stockbroker who is currently registered Cetera Advisor Networks,  disclose 1 pending and 4 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.

From 6/ 2004 to 5/2005,  4 clients of Financial Investment Analysts filed customer disputes with allegations including: breach of contract, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation, non-disclosures, unauthorized trading, omission of facts, suitability and fraud.  Total settlements paid on these cases was about $147,000.

In October of 2015, a Cetera Advisor Networks customer filed a claim in the Court of Common Pleas in Westmoreland County, PA, alleging forgery of securities and misrepresentation or misleading information.    The claim alleges that Shoup had the client’s name removed from monthly distributions from a joint annuity and that her husband was forging her name on the checks.   The client is seeking $500,000 in damages in this pending matter .

Shoup has been employed by Cetera Advisor Networks since 9/2013  He was registered with Walnut Street Securities from 2004 until 2013.     Shoup discloses a business affiliation with Vicus Capital, Inc.,  and Pennsylvania Financial Group (PFG) in State College, PA. 

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Scott Eugene Shoup contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about your legal 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