Category Archives: Metlife Securities

Michael Rappa-Former Foresters Equity Services Broker Barred from FINRA-Discloses Regulatory Event and Two Pending Customer Disputes-Rocklin, CA

June 2020- San Diego, CA

The FINRA records of Michael Rappa, a broker previously employed  by  Foresters Equity Services,  disclose  a regulatory event resulting in his bar from the securities industry and two pending 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 February 2019, Rappa was permanently barred from the securities industry by the Securities and Exchange Commission after allegations that he engaged in undisclosed and unapproved private securities transactions.  The findings stated that Rappa solicited investors to purchase promissory notes relating to a purported real estate investment fund.   Rappa sold $2,731,287 in the fund’s notes to investors, some of whom were customers from his member firm and he received a total of $109,939 in commissions in connection with these transactions.   Later the fund filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.

In March 2018,  a customer of Foresters Equity Services, Inc., filed FINRA case 18-1103 alleging that Rappa made unsuitable private securities transaction recommendations and is seeking damages of $75,000.   This case is still pending.

In February 2018, a customer of Foresters Equity Services, Inc., filed FINRA case 18-552 alleging that Rappa made unsuitable private securities transaction recommendations and seeks damages of $700,000.  The case is pending.

From March 2018 until February 2019,  Rappa was employed by LifePro Asset Management.    He was employed with Foresters Equity Services, Inc.  from September of 2010 until July of 2017.  Before that he worked with Princor Financial Services Corporation, Metlife Securities, Inc.  and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.    

If you have problems in an account  handled by Michael Rappa 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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Brian Berger-Former Newbridge Securities Broker-Sentenced for Fraud-Boca Raton, FL

April 2018-Boca Raton, FL

The FINRA records of former stockbroker Brian M. Berger disclose a pending regulatory matter and two prior regulatory matters, a criminal conviction, 4 customer disputes and a termination from employment.

In 7/2015 Berger  entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that he failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations that he had misappropriated funds from elderly customers while registered with Wells Fargo Advisors and MetLife Securities.As a result, Berger   was  barred from the securities industry.

There is an SEC administrative proceeding pending in connection with the misappropriation of funds.

In 2/2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Berger pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced to 18 months and ordered to pay restitution of $372,643.

Over $300,000 has been paid in settlements to former customers of Berger.

According to FINRA records, Berger was registered with Wells Fargo Advisors in Boca Raton from 7.2010-7/2014 and with MetLife Securities from 7/2014-4/2015. After that he was briefly registered with Newbridge Securities from 4/2015-6/2015.

If you have questions about an account handled by Brian Berger, 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.

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William F. Albin-former Waddell & Reed Broker-Discloses Discharge

July 2016- Las Vegas, NV

According to publicly available records William F. Albin , (CRD# 1744984) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently unregistered discloses that he was discharged from Waddell & Reed, Inc. in July 2016.

Waddell & Reed made the following allegation on Albin’s regulatory record in connection with the discharge: “RR (registered representative) used discretion in multiple client accounts without written authorization in violation of the firm’s policies”

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.

Albin  was registered with Waddell & Reed from 4/2015-7/2016. His prior employments in the securities industry include Metlife Securities, New England Securities, Wedbush Securities and RBC Dain Rauscher.

Public records disclose that Albin voluntarily resigned from RBC Dain Rauscher in 2003. RBC Dain Rauscher made the following allegations in connection with that incident:“In the course of conducting routine surveillance of client accounts, concern were raised about Mr. Albin exercising discretion in certain client accounts without written authority.”

Discretionary trading is listed a Prohibited Conduct by FINRA, who states: “Purchasing or selling securities in a customer’s account without first contacting the customer and receiving the customer’s authorization to make the sale or purchase, unless the broker has received from the customer written discretionary authority to effect transactions in the account or the broker was given discretion as to price and time.”

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by William F. Albin , contact us to discuss 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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Michael P. Lessard-Former MetLife Securities Broker-Discloses Regulatory Suspension

Charlotte, North Carolina

According to FINRA records,  Michael P. Lessard, Jr.  a stockbroker who currently works for Southeast Investments,  discloses  a regulatory investigation and a discharge from a prior firm.

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 March 2016,  without admitting or denying the findings Lessard consented to a 4 month suspension and a $10,000 fine to resolve allegations that while he was employed by MetLife Securities, he forged a customer’s name on a fixed annuity application and falsified his member firm’s customer contact log.

In 9/2014, Lessard was discharged from MetLife Securities for failing to follow company policy.

Lessard also discloses that he was discharged from Chapter 7 bankruptcy in May 2010.

If you have questions about an account handled by  Michael P. Lessard, Jr., 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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Michael J. Smeriglio Customer Paid $2.5 Million Settlement

April 2016-Trumbull, CT

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. 

FINRA previously barred Michael J. Smeriglio III, a broker with MetLife Securities, from the securities industry for failing to provide documents and information in connection with a FINRA investigation into allegations that Smeriglio converted customer funds from the customer’s estate and trust.

FINRA records indicate that Smeriglio settled two customer complaints recently:

  • In 12/2015, a customer who had complained that Smeriglio breached his fiduciary duty, converted funds  and committed fraud in connection with an annuity investment was paid a $2.5 million settlement.
  • In 4/2016, another customer with a similar, but smaller, claim involving an annuity was paid a settlement of $50,000.

If you have losses in an account handled by Smeriglio, 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