Category Archives: Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Benjamin Leitman-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Discloses Regulatory Event and Termination-New York

December 2020- New York, NY

According to publicly available records Benjamin Leitman (CRD#5698076), a  former stockbroker who is currently unregistered, 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 May 2020 FINRA, in  case #2019061903401,  alleged that Leitman falsely signed customer names on account documents of his member firm and also a letter of authorization seeking the disbursement of customer funds.   The findings stated that while transferring accounts from a broker-dealer to his firm, Lietman affixed the purported signature of a customer onto a contract account document.  Leitman further added a social security number and crossed out numbers for a social security number on the firm account application that the customer had already signed in order to facilitate the processing of the document.   According to FINRA, Leitman affixed the purposed signature of another customer to a corporate document and added social security numbers to the document.   Leitman subsequently provided a second letter of authorization actually singed by the other customer authorization.   Leitman falsely signed the documents as an accommodation to the customers.   FINRA sanctions were a 45 day suspension and a $5,000 fine.

In February 2019 Leitman was discharged from his employment with Morgan Stanley after allegations about his practices in processing documents, including signing and initialing certain documents for clients.

Lietman worked with Morgan Stanley from November of 2018 until his termination 2/2019.   Before that time he had worked with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith and AXA Advisors.   

If you had an account with Benjamin Leitman that suffered losses, you may be entitled to collect damages from his prior employer. Call 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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Richard Bernstein-Wells Fargo Broker-Dislcoses 2 Pending & 6 Final Customer Disputes-Incline Village, NV

March 2019 – Incline Village, NV

According to publicly available records  Richard Jay Bernstein  (CRD# 1113777) ,  a   registered stockbroker currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services,  disclose 2 pending and 6 prior 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 a prior customer dispute (case #95-03046) an arbitration panel awarded  a customer of Smith Barney Shearson $91,200 to resolve allegations of unauthorized trading, misrepresentation, suitability and breach of fiduciary duty.

The currently pending matters include:

January of 2019, a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customer filed FINRA case #19-00013 alleging  unsuitability with respect to investment recommendations and is seeking damages of $175,500.

January of 2017,  a Morgan Stanley  customer filed FINRA case #17-00137 alleging  unauthorized trading that conflicted with the client’s stated investment goals and is seeking damages of $81,738.

Bernstein has been employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services since November  2016.   He was previously employed with Morgan Stanley from April 2009 to July 2015.   He was with USB Financial Services prior to that time.

If you have losses in an account handled by Richard J. Bernstein, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be entitled 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

Matt Streif-UBS Financial Broker-Discloses $350K Customer Settlement-Austin,TX

January 2019, Austin, TX

According to publicly available records  Matthew T. Streif, a stockbroker registered with UBS Financial Services , discloses a customer dispute that was resolved by a  cash settlement of $350,000.

The Financial 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 12/2016, a customer of  Streif’s prior employer, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney,  filed FINRA case #16-03596, alleging that their  account was churned and that profits were shared with the broker on equities, futures,  commodities and exchange traded funds, from 2009 until 2015.   The case was settled in 4/2018 for $350,000.

Streif has been employed by UBS Financial Services since October 2015.    He was with Morgan Stanley from 2005-2015.

If you have questions about account handled by Matt Streif contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about your legal options for recovery of 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

Michael Ralby-Former Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Broker- Barred From Securities Industry- Boca Raton – FL

February 2020- Boca Raton, FL

According to publicly available records  Michael B. Ralby (CRD#1301072), a stockbroker who formerly was registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, disclose a regulatory event, 3 pending customer disputes and 6 prior customer disputes.

The Financial 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 require to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In March of 2018  Ralby was permanently barred from the securities industry after  he refused to appear for a FINRA on-the-record testimony in connection with its investigation into whether Ralby had accepted loans from a customer in violation of FINRA rules.

In 9/2014, a customer of Above the Line Consulting, LLC alleged civil conspiracy and willful statutory violation of Florida statutes .    The case was filed in Miami Dade County, Florida in the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, and resulted in judgment to the customer of $2.2 million.

In July of 2018 a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customer alleged unsuitability with respect to purchase of structured products.    The case was settled for $13,604.

In January of 2017 a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customer alleged unauthorized trading and the case settled for $35,450.

In April of 2009,  a Stanford Group Company customer alleged being misled regarding the risk level of his purchase of the Stanford International Bank CD.    He submitted to complaints to FINRA – one alleging compensatory Damages of $587.698 and the other for $140,721.   This case is still pending.

Michael Ralby worked for  Oppenheimer & Co. from March 2009 until July 2013 when he went to work with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney from July 2013 until January 2018.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Michael Ralby, 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