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Employer of Stuart, FLA, Broker Christopher D. Sinkula Named in FINRA Arbitration

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR FEBRUARY 2019 UPDATE-Chris SInkula subject of pending customer disputes of nearly $3 million. 

Original Post-September 2017-Stuart, Florida

We have filed a FINRA arbitration claim against Janney Montgomery Scott (JMS) on behalf of a single lady who seeks damages alleging that  recommendations made to her by JMS broker Christopher D. Sinkula were unsuitable.

Our client alleges that Sinkula recommended that she invest a high percentage of her IRA account in energy stocks which has resulted in significant losses to her account.

According to FINRA records, Sinkula has been registered with JMS since 2008. In 2013, a customer of his former employer Citigroup Global Markets was paid $200,000 to resolve claims that Sinkula misrepresented and failed to adequately understand the risks and features associated with a variable annuity product.

FINRA arbitration is a process that is generally much more expedient and far less costly than court litigation. If you have questions about losses in an account handled by Christopher Sinkula, 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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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Employer of Stuart, FLA, Broker Christopher D. Sinkula Named in FINRA Arbitration

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR FEBRUARY 2019 UPDATE-Chris SInkula subject of pending customer disputes of nearly $3 million. 

September 2017-Stuart, Florida

We have filed a FINRA arbitration claim against Janney Montgomery Scott (JMS) on behalf of a single lady who seeks damages alleging that  recommendations made to her by JMS broker Christopher D. Sinkula were unsuitable.

Our client alleges that Sinkula recommended that she invest a high percentage of her IRA account in energy stocks which has resulted in significant losses to her account.

According to FINRA records, Sinkula has been registered with JMS since 2008. In 2013, a customer of his former employer Citigroup Global Markets was paid $200,000 to resolve claims that Sinkula misrepresented and failed to adequately understand the risks and features associated with a variable annuity product.

FINRA arbitration is a process that is generally much more expedient and far less costly than court litigation. If you have questions about losses in an account handled by Christopher Sinkula, 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Chris Sinkula Investigation-Janney Montgomery Broker Discloses $2.3M Customer Suit-Stuart, FL

February 2019-Stuart, Florida

According to public records, Christopher D. SInkula  (CRD#2001512))  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by Janney Montgomery Scott,  discloses 2 pending customer disputes and 9 prior customer disputes that have been resolved.

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 18-2707, a customer of Janney Montgomery alleges that Sinkula made unsuitable investment recommendations and seeks damages of $400,000.
  • In another currently pending matter, FINRA Case 18-1458, a Janney Montgomery customer seeks damages of $2.3 million, alleging unsuitable recommendations by Sinkula.

Sinkula’s official broker records disclose that five of his prior customer disputes  resulted in cash settlements, including the following:

  • In FINRA Case 18-1334, a customer of Janney Montgomery Scott was paid $100,000 to resolve allegations that Sinkula made unsuitable investments in the customer’s account.
  • In FINRA Case -17-2467, a customer of Janney Montgomery Scott was paid $24,750 to resolve allegations that Sinkula caused losses when he over concentrated  the customer’s account with energy stocks.
  • In FINRA Case -17-1814, a customer of Janney Montgomery Scott was paid $22,900 to resolve allegations that Sinkula caused losses when he over concentrated  a customer’s account with energy stocks.
  • 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 losses in an account handled by Christopher Sinkula, call 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

Bruce R. Clark-Wells Fargo Broker-Disciplined by Texas Regulator-Longview, TX

December 2016- Longview, Texas

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) sanctioned  Bruce Russell Clark (CRD# 2848753) of Longview, Texas,  reprimanding him and assessing an administrative fine of $5,000.

According to the TSSB Disciplinary Order, from June 1996 to July 2016, Clark had five liens entered against him which he failed to disclose as required by the Rules and Regulations of the Texas State Securities Board.

According to publicly available records Clark is currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services. His prior employment includes Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. , UBS Financial Services and Citigroup Global Markets.

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

Mark S. Garfinkel-Oppenheimer Broker, Boca Raton-Discloses Customer Disputes and Bankruptcy Filing

August  2016-Boca Raton, Florida

The FINRA records of Mark S. Garfinkel ,  a  stock broker who is currently employed  by Oppenheimer & Co.  , disclose  five prior  customer disputes and and one financial event.

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.

Garfinkel’s prior customer disputes include:

  • New York Stock Exchange Case#2002-010633-In which a customer of Garfinkel’s prior employer, Morgan Stanley, alleged damages of $435,000 for common law and statutory securities violations. That case was settled for $95,000.

Garfinkel discloses the filing of a Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy proceeding in 9/2010 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida.

Garfinkel has been employed by Oppenheimer & Co. at 4855 Technology Way, Suite 400,  Boca Raton, FL, since 11/2013.   Garfinkel’s  prior employment includes:

  • Raymond James, Jupiter, FL                     2/2013-11/2013
  • Morgan Keegan, Jupiter, FL                      8/2010-2/2013
  • Morgan Stanley SB, Boca Raton             6/2009-8/2010
  • Citigroup Global Mkt, Boca                       4/2005-6/2009

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