Category Archives: First Midwest Securities

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

Neil D. Pecker of Longwood, Florida, Ordered to Pay Millions in Fines/Restitution

UPDATE MARCH 2017-Longwood, FL

Public records disclose that on March 8, 2017, in an action filed by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, a consent order was entered against Neil D. Pecker and his company Viseon Financial Planners , who were charged with fraudulent solicitation and misappropriation in connection with off-exchange binary options. Restitution of $2.7 million and a civil monetary penalty of $3..7 million were ordered. Case# 16-cv-60297. 

Pecker was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA in 12/2016.

ORIGINAL POST-July 2016-Longwood, Florida

The FINRA records of Neil D. Pecker  , a stockbroker who was last  employed by  Coastal Equities  disclose a pending civil event 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 February 2016 the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed a civil action against Pecker and his company Vision Financial Partners, of Deerfield, FL,  charging them with fraud in connection with off-exchange binary options and registration violations. Pecker and his company are alleged to have diverted $2 million of client funds to bank accounts for their own use.

Pecker was employed by a number of broker dealers over the recent years, including Coastal Equities, Westpark Capital, Newport Coast Securities and First Midwest Securities.

Investors who suffered losses in an account handled by Neil D. Pecker may be entitled to recover damages from his former 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

Enver Alijaj-Investigation Update-Former Legend Securities Broker

April 13, 2016

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.

FINRA records are public and can be accessed on the BrokerCheck website. 

The FINRA records of Enver R. Alijaj , report that he is currently named in 9 pending customer disputes, 2 pending criminal matters and has an outstanding lien in the amount of $37,438 in favor of American Express Centurian Bank.

In 2014, one of Alijaj’s former customers at  JHS Capital Securities, won a $1 million award against Alijaj. JHS Capital Securities had made a confidential settlement prior to the arbitration hearing. See this for details. 

In the currently pending cases the customers make allegations that Alijaj made unsuitable investments, churned and made excessive trades in the accounts, over concentrated the accounts and was grossly negligent. Total alleged damages in the pending cases exceed $3 million. See FINRA record for details.

FINRA records report Alijaj was employed in the securities most recently as follows:

  • 4/2013-8/2013             Avenir Financial Group
  • 12/2010-4/2013           Legend Securities Inc. 
  • 4/2010-12/2010           First Midwest Securities 
  • 6/2009-4/2010               JHS Capital Securities

Alijaj was “permitted to resign” from Legend Securities in March 2013 with the following allegation from his former employer:

“During FINRA mandated suspension from 1/22/2013-3/21/2013, Mr. Alijaj was prohibited from entering Legend’s offices. However, the firm has learned that Mr. Alijaj violated this prohibition by coming into Legend’s office after hours. In addition Mr. Alijaj failed to respond to compliance inquiries in response to firm oversight.”

If you have losses in an account handled by Enver Alijaj, you may be able to recover damages from his former employer.

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