Category Archives: Wedbush Securities

Larry Boggs-Former Ameriprise Broker-Sanctioned for Overtrading Accounts of Elderly Customers-Dallas, TX

February 2018-Dallas, TX

Larry M. Boggs,  a  former stockbroker who worked for Wedbush Securities and Ameriprise Financial Services in Dallas was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA in January 2018.

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 the recent regulatory agreement Boggs, without admitting or denying the findings, consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he engaged in excessive and unsuitable trading in the accounts of customers, including several customers who were over 80 years of age. The customers accounts were designated conservative or moderate risk tolerance however the high frequency trading strategy employed by Boggs would have required the customers to earn 15% annually just to break even on the commissions and trading costs. FINRA AWC 2015045518901

 

Boggs was employed by Wedbush Securities from 5/2015-7/2016 and was with Ameriprise Financial from 10/2009-5/2015 when he was discharged for violations of company policy related to discretionary trading and suitability.

If you are a former customer of Larry Boggs and have suffered losses in your account , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses 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

Wedbush Securities Discloses Over 100 Regulatory Violations

AUGUST 2018 UPDATEFINRA records for Wedbush Securities now disclose 103 final regulatory events and 2 pending regulatory events. Recent regulatory sanctions include:

  • April 2018- The CME Group fined Wedbush Securities $250,000 for violation of CBOT rules. CME operates an options and futures exchange in Chicago and New York City.
  • March 2018-New York Stock Exchange fine of $30,000 to resolve allegations related to inadequate supervisory systems.
  • February 2018-$1 million fine by US Securities and Exchange Commission , and other sanctions, including disgorgement, restitution, cease and desist injunction to resolve allegations  for violating the Customer Protection Rule between September 2014-January 2015. According to the SEC Wedbush failed to properly fund its Reserve Account and included inaccurate information in its financial reports.

OCTOBER 2017

On October 16, 2017, NYSE Regulation (New York Stock Exchange)  filed a Statement of Charges against Wedbush Securities and its co-founder Edward W. Wedbush. This brings the total number of regulatory complaints disclosed on the FINRA website, by Wedbush Securities, to 97.

A few of the prior disciplinary actions related to supervisory deficiencies include:

  • Wedbush Securities, et al Admin Proc File No. 3-16329, Aug 2016- The Securities and Exchange Commission upheld a FINRA order imposing a fine of $300,000 against Wedbush Securities and $50,000 against Mr. Wedbush for extensive and widespread supervisory deficiencies related to regulatory filings. Mr. Wedbush was suspended in all principal capacities for 31 days.
  • December 2015-Wedbush Securities consented to fines of $1.8 million in four related matters brought by the SEC and other regulators concerning deficient supervisory systems and procedures governing market access and anti-money laundering requirements.
  • In addition to the above, Wedbush Securities was fined over $2 million by regulators in more than a dozen separate actions brought by regulators during the decade before.

In the current regulatory matter Wedbush Securities is alleged to have participated in a systemic failure to oversee and supervise the trading activities of Mr. Wedbush which resulted in an allocation of profits and losses in his daily trading to accounts after the trade has been made, ie; after the fact.

CHERRY PICKING-This failure of oversight failed to protect investors and allowed “cherry picking” according to the NYSE. Cherry picking is when traders choose to allocate winning and losing trades to customer accounts as they decide at the end of the day. It is not uncommon for the trader who is cherry picking to allocate the winning trades to his own accounts and allocate the losing trades to other.

Wedbush Has Offices Nationwide 

Wedbush Securities is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, and employs over 400 brokers in 100 branch offices, including :

  • Carlsbad, New Mexico
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Boca Raton, Miami and Sun City Center, Florida
  • Denver, Colorado Springs and Greeley, Colorado

If you have questions about how your account has been handled at Wedbush Securities, 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Wedbush Securities Ordered to Pay Customer $1.8M For Elder Abuse-Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA-July 2017

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel comprised of three public arbitrators ordered Wedbush Securities to pay two former customers (husband and wife) compensatory damages of $250,000. In addition the arbitration panel, who found that Wedbush subjected the couple to elder abuse,  awarded punitive damages of over $1 million and attorney fees of $277,000 pursuant to the California Elder Abuse and Adult Civil Protective Act, interest and costs.

The former customers alleged a number of causes of action, including unsuitable recommendations, failure to supervise the broker, misrepresentation and elder abuse in connection with investments in long term municipal bonds and structured certificates of deposit. Dancy, et al vs. Wedbush Securities, FINRA Case #16-0847.

FINRA ARBITRATION

Arbitration is similar to going to court, however it is generally less costly and a shorter process than court litigation. Most cases are resolved in about 12-14 months. If you have losses in your brokerage account which you believe are the result of negligent or fraudulent advice given to you by the broker, or if you believe your broker has made trades in your account without your permission (unauthorized trading) call 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Matthew J. Ronan-ViewTrade Securities Broker-Discloses Pending Regulatory Investigation

Boca Raton, Florida

According to FINRA recordsMatthew J. Ronan  a stock broker who works for ViewTrade Securities  discloses  a customer dispute that has been finalized and a pending regulatory investigation.

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.

Ronan’s FINRA record discloses that FINRA instituted an investigation in September 2015 for potential violations of Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 and FINRA Rule 2010. Examination #20140404879.

Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 regulates the timeline and distribution process for issuers who offer securities for sale. FINRA Rule 2010 is entitled Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade and states that “A member, in the conduct of its business, shall observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.”

Ronan’s  previous employment includes Wedbush Securities and Oppenheimer & Co.

If you have questions about an account handled by Matthew J. Ronan, 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870