Category Archives: Kestra Investment Services (formerly NFP)

John Spach-Former Kestra Investment Services Broker-Discloses $450K Settlement & Termination from Employment-Calabasas, CA

February 2019 – Calabasas, CA

According to publicly available records John William Spach  (CRD#2731192) ,  a  previously registered stockbroker who was last employed by Kestra Investment Services, LLC disclose  a recent regulatory sanction, a $450K settlement with a customer 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 2/2019, FINRA permanently barred Spach from the securities industry to resolve allegations that he failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation.

In 4/2018,  a customer of NFP Retirement, Inc., a previous employer of Spach,  was paid $450,000 to resolve allegations that  Spach recommended that the customer invest in a promissory note that subsequently went into default.

Spach was employed with NFP Retirement Inc., from  April 2013 until July 2014 when he was discharged. NFP made the following allegations on Spach’s FINRA record:  “violations from commingling client assets with his own personal assets, breach of fiduciary duty (to include unsuitable investment advice, material misstatements, and failure to disclose material conflict of interest), circumvention of compliance policies and procedures, and operational systems and procedures of the third-party custodian, and affirmative misrepresentations to the firm. “

He was employed by Kestra from 8/2014-6/2018. He discloses a business affiliation with Spach Financial Services.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by John Spach,  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.

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Florida-561 391 1900 

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Cheryl Stallings-Former LPL Financial Broker-Discloses Regulatory Action and Termination From Employment, Amarillo, TX

February  2019 – Amarillo, Texas According to public records of Cheryl Ann Stallings (formerly Cheryl Ann Bledsoe) (CRD#1162913)  a  former stockbroker with LPL Financial, discloses a regulatory event 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 11/2018 FINRA permanently barred Stallings from the securities industry to resolve allegations that Stallings:

  • circumvented her firm’s supervisory system by failing to disclose she was named POA for a firm customer
  • had custody of two firm customer’s bank accounts and was named as successor trustee and beneficiary of a customer’s trust
  • received over $300,000 from customer’s bank accounts as a result
  • improperly used $5,300 of a firm customers funds to pay for her personal expenses, and
  • made false statements and misrepresentations to her firm denying she had ever been granted any power of attorney over a firm customer and falsely stated that the customer was her aunt.

Stallings was employed by LPL FInancial from 9/2009-8/2017. She was discharged by LPL Financial for violating firm policy regarding fiduciary capacities and being a joint owner on two different client’s bank accounts. After leaving LPL Financial Stallings was employed briefly by Kestra Investment Services  from 8/2017-2/2018.

If you have questions about an account handled by  Cheryl A. Stallings, 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

Kestra Investment Services Assessed Regulatory Fine Over Mutual Fund Sales-Austin, TX

February 2019 – Austin, Texas

FINRA recently sanctioned Austin-based Kestra Investment Services (formerly NFP Advisor Services) for over charging more than 3,000 who qualified for waiver of front end sales fees on certain mutual fund purchase.

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.

According to the Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent #2016048404601 recently entered into by Kestra, FINRA alleged that from July 2009-February 2018, Kestra disadvantaged certain retirement plan and charitable organization customers that were eligible to purchase Class A shares in mutual funds without a front-end sales charge or Class B or C shares with back-end sales charges and higher ongoing fees and expenses.

As a result Kestra violated NASD Conduct Rule 3010, FINRA Rules 3010 and 2010.

FINRA censured Kestra and assessed a regulatory fine of $225,000. In addition Kestra agreed to provide remediation to eligible customers on or before March 31, 2019.

If you have questions about an account with Kestra Investment Services , contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

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

Kestra To Be Put Up For Sale-Austin, Texas

December 2018- Austin, Texas

The Investment News reports that broker dealer Kestra is being put up for sale. Goldman Sachs has been hired as its investment banker to head up the sales effort.

Formerly known as NFP Advisors, after its sale to Stone Point Capital in 2016, the name of the broker dealer was changed to Kestra.

According to their website, Austin-based Kestra ranked as the 9th largest independent broker-dealer based on gross revenue, reported to be $475 million at the end of 2017 with nearly 1,900 registered representatives and advisers. Kestra reported nearly $76 billion in assets under advisement.

Kestra’s FINRA record disclose 11 prior regulatory events, including a $475,000 fine by FINRA in 2016 for supervisory failures related to the sale of variable annuities.

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

Stephanie D. Abee-Cambridge Investment Research Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Disputes-Raleigh, N.C.

May 2018- Raleigh, North Carolina

According to FINRA records, Stephanie Devan Abee,  a  stockbroker who is  currently employed by Cambridge Investment Research, disclose  settlement of two 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 FINRA Case 17-02873 a customer of her prior employer Kestra Investment Services (formerly NFP Advisors)  sought damages of $125,000 and alleged that the oil and gas investments Abee recommended were not liquid and not suitable and were sold based upon misrepresentations. That case settled for $25,000.

In FINRA Case 16-03045 a customer of her prior employer Transamerica Financial alleged that misrepresentations were made regarding the sale of unsuitable and illiquid investments. That case was resolved for $250,000.

Abee has been employed by Cambridge Investment Research since 4/2016.

If you have questions about an account handled by Stephanie Abee, 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