Category Archives: Securities

Mark Trewitt-Former VFG Securities Broker-Subject of Numerous Customer Suits-Plano, TX

May 2018-Plano, TX

According to publicly available records Mark A. Trewitt , (CRD# 1364490) ,  a   stockbroker who formerly worked for VFG Securities discloses 3 pending and 10 final 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.

The three pending cases seek total damages of over $1 million in damages and relate to investments in oil and gas private placements.

The prior cases include:

FINRA Case 17-2010-a customer of VFG Securities sought damages of $150,000 for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the recommendation to purchase private non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs). That case settled for $77,952.

In March 2017 a customer of VFG Securities filed FINRA Case 17-0669 seeking damages of $300,000 alleging an over concentration of alternative investments, including limited partnerships, direct investments in equipment leasing, promissory notes and real estate investments. That case settled for $139,645.

In February 2017 a customer of Madison Avenue Securities and VFG Securities filed FINRA arbitration 17-0217 claiming damages of $400,000 and alleging that between 2007-2011 Trewitt sold the customer real estate investment trusts (REITs) and private placements that were misrepresented. The case settled for $48,413.

Trewitt worked for  VFG Securities from 11/2010-11/2017 and  Niagara International Securities from  4/2017-6/2017. Prior to that he was employed by Madison Avenue Securities in Plano, TX, from 9/2006- 11/2010.

Mark A. Trewitt discloses numerous other business activities with other entities, including:

  • Insurance Funding Solutions
  • Integrated Financial Solutions
  • First Financial Resources
  • Stop the Wealth Leakage, LLC
  • Exceptional Risk Advisors
  • First Life Funding & Succession Capital Alliance
  • SDC Energy (Sandview Development Corp.)
  • Kosmos Management, LLC 

If you have questions about an account handled by Mark A. Trewitt, contact us to discuss your options.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures.  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.

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

How to Recover Losses on Future Income Payments Losses

May 2018

Investors in Future Income Payments LLC (FIP) who made their investment upon the recommendation of a registered stockbroker may be able to recover damages.

While FIP tout’s itself as “the industry leader and an innovator in buying and selling secondary market pension cash flows….’  numerous officials from various states allege that FIP is actually issuing loans which are disguised as sales.

Securities regulators in a number of states (including California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington) have issued cease and desist orders curtailing FIP’s practices in those states. Investigations and actions are pending in another 15 states.

EXAMPLE FROM RECENT PRESS

Mr. Wright, a Vietnam Veteran found FIP’s website online and applied for an advance of $20,000 on his pension. He signed the paper work from FIP and only months later did he realize that he had agreed to five up $500 a month from his construction pension for ten years. He would be paying $60,000 back for the $20,000 advance.

“This company preys upon vulnerable people who are desperate for money”, according to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. “For a few thousand dollars in cash upfront, you’re forced to sign over tens of thousands of dollars from your future pension income. That’s what we call predatory lending. ” 

Regulators are also targeting an affiliate of Pensions  Annuities and Settlements, which is owned by Scott Kohn, who also owns FIP .

New York regulators shut FIP down in that state and required them to pay back any interest charged plus a $500,000 fine for operating illegally and charging interest at rates as high as 130%.

Investors in FIP have reported that monthly distributions have be reduced and in some cases, suspended, which is likely a result of the reduction of income FIP is allowed to collect from pensioners.

If you have questions about an investment you made in Future Income Payments LLC, call for a no charge consultation with an experienced securities attorney.

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

Marc F. Korsch-Centaurus Financial Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Disputes-Sarasota, FL

May 2018-Sarasota, FL

The FINRA records of  Marc F. Korsch ,   a  stockbroker who is employed by  Centaurus Financial  disclose 2 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 pending FINRA arbitration 17-0474, a customer of Mr. Korsch’s former employer, Trustmont Finanical Group, alleges damages of $500,000 for the recommendation of transactions that were detrimental to the customer.

In 11/2017 a customer of Centaurus Financial alleged unauthorized surrender of their annuity and is seeking damages of $5,000.

Marc Korsch  has been employed by Centaurus Financial since 2/2014.  Prior to that he was employed by Trustmont Finanical Group from 3/2011-3/2014.

If you have losses in an account  handled byMarc F. Korsch , contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages.

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, at no cost to you.

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

Glenn Lattz-Gradient Securities Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Suits-Lady Lake, FL

May 2018-Lady Lake, FL

The FINRA records of  Glenn Patrick Lattz ,   a  stockbroker who is employed by  Gradient Securities disclose 2 prior regulatory events, 2 pending customer disputes, 3 prior customer disputes 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 2015 the Florida Department of Financial Services placed Mr. Lattz on one year probation and assessed a fine of $3,500 to resolve allegations that Mr. Lattz made misrepresentations on an annuity application, misrepresented the terms and conditions of an annuity, and advertised an agency location that was not licensed or registered with the Department. Case #169403-15-AG.

In pending FINRA arbitration 18-01227, a customer of Gradient Securities alleges that from 12/2017-2/2018  Mr. Lattz liquidated the customer’s annuities subjecting them to penalties and losses. Damages of $150,000 are sought.

In a state court case 14-CA-9767, pending in Hillsborough County, FL, a customer of Mr. Lattz former employer, Legacy Financial Services, alleges elder abuse, negligence, misappropriation of funds and other claims in connection with the purchase of an insurance policy. Damages of $240,000 are being sought in that matter.

Glenn Lattz has been employed by Gradient Securities since 12/2009.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Glenn Lattz, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages.

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, at no cost to you.

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

Timothy Walsh-Fortune Financial Services Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Suit-Fort Worth, TX

May 2018-Ft. Worth, Texas

The FINRA records of  Timothy D. Walsh ,  a    broker who is employed by Fortune Financial Services  disclose a pending customer dispute  and a prior 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 FINRA Case 17-01114,  a customer of World Choice Securities and Fortune Financial Services alleged that Walsh sold them a sophisticated investment in a variable annuity. That case was settled for $25,000.

 

Timothy Walsh has been employed by Fortune Financial Services since 6/2016. He was employed by World Choice Securities in 10/2012 until he was discharged in 5/2016 for violating written policy procedures on advertising. Prior to that Walsh was employed by Titan Securities from 1/2010-10/2012.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Timothy D. Walsh, contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal options for recovery.

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, at no cost to you.

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