UPDATE July 28, 2016– According to FINRA records, Parks Brown, Jr. left his employment with VSR Financial in July 2016. FINRA records indicate that he is not currently licensed.
Marietta, Georgia-February 2016
Rex Securities Law is investigating VSR Financial Services broker Parks H. Brown, Jr. of IM Portfolios, Inc. in connection with the sale of unsuitable investments including options, penny stocks and common and preferred equities, including the following securities:
- New Generation Biofuels Holdings
- Exco Resources
- Akamai Technologies
- Synovus Financial
- Star Scientific, Inc.
According to FINRA records Brown was named in a FINRA arbitration in 2014 (#14-1744) by a customer who alleged unsuitable investments, churning, unauthorized trades and breach of fiduciary duty. That case was settled in 9/2015 for $71,500.
Earlier in 2001, Brown, who at the time was working for A.G. Edwards, was named in another arbitration ( NASD 01-1817) by a customer alleging unauthorized transactions, churning excessive concentration and violations of securities laws. An arbitration panel awarded $229,839 to the customer.
According to FINRA records Brown has been registered with VSR Financial Services since 10/2005.
VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments. In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.
Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.
If you have losses in an account handled by Parks Brown or losses in a VSR Financial Services account , contact us 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.
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