Category Archives: First Midwest Securities

Erik Pica-Joseph Stone Capital Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes & FINRA Investigation- New York, NY

October 2019 – New York, New York

The FINRA records of Erik Patrick Pica  , a  stockbroker who is employed by Joseph Stone Capital disclose 3 pending customer dispute, 4 prior customer disputes and a currently pending FINRA investigation.

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 May of 2018,  a customer Global Arena Capital Corp. was paid $30,000 to resolve allegations of negligent supervision, over-concentration and suitability in  FINRA Case 18-01555.

In December of 2011, a customer of First Midwest Securities, Inc.  was paid $4,999 to resolve allegations that Pica owned the ETF he was recommending the customer to purchase.

In pending FINRA case 18-01506 a customer of Joseph Stone Capital alleges that Pica made unauthorized trades in the account with alleged damages of $7,600.

In pending customer dispute filed by a Joseph Stone Capital customer, alleges unsuitable securities, highly speculative recommendations, churning and negligent supervision and seeks damages of $500,000.

Pending FINRA case 17-01681, filed by a Joseph Stone Capital customer, alleges failure to treat claimant in a a just and equitable manner; breach of fiduciary duty; breach of contract; negligence and negligent misrepresentation and seeks damages of $120,000.

In July 2019, FINRA initiated Investigation Matter #20190619475 alleging that Pica made various violations of FINRA rules, including wrongfully taking customer funds and providing false and misleading information to his firm as well as FINRA staff. The matter is currently pending.

Pica is currently employed with Joseph Stone Capital.   From January of 2012 until April of 2015, he was employed by Global Arena Capital Corp.,  before that he was employed with First Midwest Securities, Inc., Chicago Investment Group and Eastbrook Capital Group, all in New York City.

If you have problems in an account  handled by Erik Patrick Pica  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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Ahmad Wares- Former Salomon Whitney Financial Broker- Discloses Customer Suits and Termination- Melville, NY

June 2019 – Melville, NY

According to publicly available records, Ahmad Wares,  a financial advisor previously with Laidlaw & Company discloses 1 pending and 9 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  FINRA Case 13-00649, a customer of Wares’ prior employer EKN Financial Services, Inc.  was paid $46,984.84  to resolve allegations of unauthorized trading, unauthorized use of margin, excessive and improper trading and churning.

From April 2001 to November 2015, Wares had 7 customer complaints alleging unauthorized trading, failure to follow instructions, churning, unsuitability,  common law fraud, fraud in violation of federal securities laws, negligence, negligent supervision, liability, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.

These cases were brought by customers of his previous employers – First Midwest Securities, Inc., GBI Capital Partners, Inc.,  EKN Financial Services and  Laidlaw & Company (UK). The monetary settlements were nearly $400,000 of which $155,350 was paid by Wares personally.

In currently pending FINRA case 18-01055 ,  a Salomon Whitney Financial customer alleges churning, negligence, unsuitability, unauthorized trading and breach of contract and is seeking damages of $195,132 .

In 2009, Wares was discharged from First Midwest Securities, Inc., after allegations that he failed to respond to client complaint and left the firm owing money due to a  negative balance of $112,415 in a client account.

Wares has been employed by Worden Capital Management since April of 2017,  He was employed with Salomon Whitney Financial  from December 2015 until March 2017. Prior to that he was with  Laidlaw & Company and  EKN Financial Services, Inc.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Ahmad Wares  contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about your legal options for recovery of damages.

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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Stephen Sullivan-Former Newbridge Securities Broker-Subject of $500K Customer Suit-Melville, NY

August 2018-Melville, New York

According to FINRA records,  Stephen J. Sullivan  a stockbroker who currently works for SW Financial (formerly Salomon Whitney Financial) ,   discloses  a prior regulatory event, a pending customer dispute, a prior customer dispute and 3 currently pending judgment/liens.

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 February 2016, without admitting or denying the findings, Sullivan consented to sanctions and entry of findings that while employed by First Midwest Securities, he exercised discretion in the accounts of two customers without obtaining their prior written approval. He was suspended for 10 business days and fined $5,000.

In currently pending FINRA Case 18-01444 a customer of one of his prior employers, Newbridge Securities, alleges that Sullivan made unsuitable recommendations and traded the account excessively. The customer is seeking damages of $540,618.

According to his FINRA record, sInce obtaining his Series 7 broker’s license in 1998, Sullivan has been employed by  14 different brokerage firms. His current employment with  SW Financial began in 5/2018.

Sullivan’s recent prior employment includes Worden Capital Management, Newbridge Securities and Legend Securities. 

If you have losses in an account handled  Stephen Sullivan, call 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

David G. Menashe-Former Joseph Stone Capital Broker-Sanctioned by Securities Regulator for Excessive Trading-New York

July 2017-New York

The FINRA records of  David G. Menashe ,  a  stockbroker who is currently  employed by  Newbridge Securities Corp. , disclose a  prior regulatory 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.

In April 2017 Menashe was sanctioned by the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance for excessive trading and unauthorized trading. The Notice of Proposed Agency Action and Opportunity for Hearing contains various conclusions of law, including the following:

  • Respondents Joseph Stone, Spadaro, Menashe, Maggio and Barrish violated 6.10401(1)(K) when they charged total commissions of $239,260.02 out of the $877,492.99 principal originally invested by Montana clients, or 28% of their total investment. 

Menashe entered into a Consent Agreement with the Montana regulator and agreed to pay restitution of $15,000.

Menashe was employed by Joseph Stone Capital from 2/2013-1/2017. Prior to that he was employed by First Midwest Securities.

If you have questions about an account handled by David G. Menashe, call to learn about 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

Joshua L. Feldman-Aegis Capital Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes

New York

MAY 2018 UPDATEThe FINRA records  of Joshua Feldman disclose settlement of   FINRA arbitration 17-0218, filed by a customer of Aegis Capital Corp who was seeking damages of $110,000 . The customer alleged that from January 2010-January 2017 Feldman made unsuitable investment recommendations and misrepresentations and or omissions concerning risk and material facts. The case was settled in 1/2018 for $47,500.

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 #16-0916, a customer of Aegis Capital alleged damages of $300,000 for  unsuitability in penny stocks and option transactions for the period from January 2011 through December 2015. The case was settled for $65,000 in 5/2017.

Feldman has been employed by Aegis Capital Corp. since 12/2011. Prior to that he was employed by First Midwest Securities from 1/2009-12/2011.

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