Category Archives: National Securities Corporation

Gabe Block-Former Oppenheimer/First Std. Financial Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-Rumson, New Jersey

March 2018- Red Bank, NJ

The FINRA records of Gabriel (Gabe)  Block, a former stockbroker who was last employed by First Standard Financial Co., disclose 2 final regulatory events and 8 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.

On March 13, 2018, FINRA permanently barred Block from the securities industry in connection with a complaint filed by the Delaware Investor Protection Unit alleging numerous violations, including:

  • Securities Fraud
  • Churning
  • Dishonest or Unethical practice-Narcotics Use
  • Excessive Trading

FINRA found it not in the public interest, and would create an unreasonable risk of harm to the market and investors for Block to continue to associate with his firm. Block was employed by Janney Montgomery and Oppenheimer during the period of time when activity occurred leading to the regulatory action.

Gabe Block discloses settlement of the following   customer disputes :

  • FINRA Case 15-1551- a customer while Block was registered with Oppenheimer & Co. alleges churning, unsuitability, breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the handling of family accounts. Damages were alleged to be $800,000. The case was settled for $675,000.
  • FINRA Case 15-1550-a customer while Block was registered with Oppenheimer & Co. alleges churning, unsuitability, breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the customer’s account. Damages were alleged to be $100,000. The case was settled for $60,000.
  • Block’s FINRA record discloses two other customer disputes that wereresolved including one in which a customer alleged mismanagement of investments between 9/2005-12//2008, while Block was registered with Janney Montgomery Scott. That case was settled for $375,000.

Block  was registered with First Standard Financial  from 3/2016-3/2018. He was registered with National Securities Corporation from 3/2014-4/2016 and with Oppenheimer from 11/2008-3/2014. He discloses a business affiliation with Block Wealth Management in Rumson, NJ.

If you have losses in an account handled by Gabriel Block contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able 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.

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National Toll Free: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Zachary Berkey-Former Four Points Capital Broker-Named in SEC Complaint-Melville, NY

January 2018-Melville, New York / Texas

Zachary S. Berkey , a currently unregistered stockbroker who last worked for Four Points Capital Partners, a Texas LLC, (Four Points) was named in a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in December 2017, which alleges that Berkey and another Four Points broker, Daniel T. Fischer, recommended a high cost, in and out trading strategy without reasonable basis to believe it was suitable for the customers.

The SEC alleges that Berkey and Fischer:

  •  were reckless in making such a recommendation which was not suitable given the customers’ financial needs, investment objectives and circumstances.
  • made material misrepresentations and omissions to customers

and that Fischer engaged in unauthorized trading.

Link to SEC complaint.

According to the SEC complaint, the ten customers accounts involved suffered losses of $573,867 while Berkey earned $106,000 and Fischer earned $175,000 in commissions.

According to FINRA records Berkey was employed by Four Points Capital Partners from 4/2013-1/2015. Prior to that he was employed by National Securities Corp. and before that Woodstock Financial Group.

Berkey discloses 4 prior customer disputes including a case settled in 2005 for $231,000 in which a customer alleged misrepresentation and churning.

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.

If you have questions about  an account handled by Zachary S. Berkey or if you have an account with Four Points Capital Partners that you think has been mishandled, 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Rocco Lavista-Former Aegis Capital Corp. Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute Alleging Churning – Iselin, NJ

August 2017 -Tinton Falls, NJ

According to publicly available records Rocco J. Lavista (CRD#2784573) ,  a  currently unregistered stockbroker who was last registered with Arive Capital Markets , disclose 2 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 #15-02835  a customer of  Aegis Capital Corp. alleged unsuitable investments, unauthorized trading, unsuitable use of margin and account churning.   The customer alleged damages of $466,606. That case settled for $185,000.

In currently pending FINRA case 15-03242  a customer of Aegis Capital Corp. alleges unsuitable recommendations, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and misrepresentation and seeks damages of $204,136.

Lavista’s prior employment includes Aegis Capital Corp. National Securities Corporation, Obsidian Financial Group and Arive Capital Markets.  

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Rocco Lavista 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870