Category Archives: Alternative Investments

Aaron Brodt-Former Accelerated Capital Group Broker-Subject of Customer Suits Alleging Unsuitable Investments-Scottsdale, AZ

March 2018-Scottsdale, AZ

The FINRA records of Aaron Paul Brodt  , an advisor with Ashton Thomas Private Wealth who is currently a registered stockbroker with  Peachcap (Peachtree Capital Corp.)  disclose a currently pending customer dispute and 3 prior 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.

In FINRA case #16-2532,  a client alleged damages of $100,000 for recommending a debt-asset backed investment purchased in May 2015. The customer alleged the recommendation was unsuitable. That case settled for $58,333.

In a second similar case in 2016 , a customer alleged that  Brodt recommended a debt-asset backed investment  in May and October of 2015 that was also unsuitable. That case was settled for $116,667.

In the currently pending matter, FINRA Case 17-1178, a customer of Brodt’s prior employer, Accelerated Capital Group alleges negligence, over concentration, breach of fiduciary duty and failure to supervise in connection with the recommendation to purchase alternative investments. The customer seeks damages of $340,000.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS)  and limited partnerships (oil and gas and equipment leasing) . It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, non transparent, 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. They are generally not suitable for retirees who are seeking to protect from the loss of capital.

Brodt has been registered with Peachcap since 7/2016. Prior to that he was registered with Accelerated Capital Group 2/2012-5/2016.

If you have questions about an account handled by Aaron Brodt, call for a no charge consultation 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

Steven H. Orr-H.Beck Stockbroker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Suits Involving Limited Partnerships-Victoria, TX

March 2018-Victoria, Texas

According to FINRA records, Steven H. Orr , currently a stockbroker employed by H. Beck, Inc.  doing business as Orr Financial Group discloses that he has 5 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 FINRA Case 15-01527 , a customer of H. Beck alleged damages of between $1million and $5 million for unsuitable investments , including direct investments and limited partnership interests, that were sold between 1/2008-7/2015. That case was settled for $280,000.

In FINRA Case 13-2205, a customer of H. Beck alleged damages of $1,000,000 for the sale of direct participation programs and limited partnerships, between 2004-2012. That case was resolved for $900,000.

In FINRA Case 13-0120, a customer of H. Beck alleged damages of $252,000 for the sale of direct participation investments, including equipment leasing and real estate limited partnerships. That case was settled for $200,000.

Orr has been registered with H. Beck, Inc. since 4/2011.  From 4/2009-5/2011 he was registered with Dewaay Financial Network.  Steven Orr discloses business affiliations with Press On Publications, Financial Strategies Class and Diversify Sportfishing Inc.

If you have losses in an account handled by Steven H. Orr, you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration. Call for a no charge consultation 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

Dennis Van Patter-Former VSR Financial Services Broker-Subject of Customer Suits Over REITs-Plano, Texas

March  2018-Plano, Texas

According to public records former VSR Financial Services broker Dennis Van Patter discloses a prior final regulatory event, 7 prior customer disputes that are final and 3 pending customer disputes.

Five of the prior customer disputes were brought by Van Patter’s customers while he was employed by VSR Financial Services and allege damages related to investments in real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil and gas, equipment leasing and promissory notes (alternative investments). Settlements paid by VSR Financial in those five  cases are $40,000, $215,000, $11,250, $50,000 and $15,000.

The three pending cases against Van Patter are by customers of VSR Financial and relate to alternative investments such as REITs, oil and gas and equipment leasing. Damages sought in the two of the pending cases are not stated. Damages sought in the third case are $1,074,858.

In November of 2015 FINRA suspended Van Patter for 45 days and fined him $10,000. Without admitting or denying the findings, Van Patter consented to the entry of findings that his recommendation that a retired customer invest in alternative investments was not suitable in light of the customer’s investment objectives and risk tolerance. The findings stated that Van Patter recommended that the customer invest $1.6 million in alternative investments such as REITs, note programs, oil and gas drilling partnerships and other private placements. As a result of Van Patter’s recommendations, the customer had approximately 52% of his liquid net worth concentrated in high risk alternative investments. FINRA Case 2013036647401. 

See this for prior posts on Dennis Van Patter. 

VSR Financial’s Prior Issues with Alternative Investments

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. During the summer of 2016, VSR Financial announced that they were winding down their brokerage business and transferring accounts and brokers to an affiliated entity Summit Brokerage Services.

See this for prior posts on VSR Financial Services.

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.

Van Patter was employed by VSR FInancial  Services from 10/1997-7/2016. He is not currently registered with any broker dealer.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Dennis Van Patter or  another VSR Financial Services broker, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Bob Wamhoff-Former VSR Financial Services Broker-Discloses Suits Involving REIT Investments-St. Charles, MO.

February 2018-Saint Charles, MO

The FINRA records of  Robert (Bob) Wamhoff,  a  stockbroker who was formerly employed by  VSR Financial Services  disclose 2 currently pending and  8 prior customer disputes that are final.

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.

Wamhoff, who operates Wamhoff Financial Planning and Accounting Services in St. Charles, MO discloses that he has settled 4 customer disputes , including:

  • FINRA Case 13-02493 in which a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $26,000  for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and other claims related to an investment in real estate securities. That case was settled for $6,500.
  • A claim in July 2013 by a customer of VSR Financial Services who alleged unspecified damages for unsuitable investments in real estate securities and variable annuities. That case was settled for $30,000.
  • FINRA Case 9-6098 in which a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $150,000 for fraud, negligent omission and other claims in connection with investments in variable annuities, direct investments, limited partnerships and real estate securities. That case was settled for $65,000.

Two currently pending customers disputes are disclosed by Wamhoff:

  • 7/2017-a customer of VSR Financial Services alleges poor performance of oil and gas investments and real estate securities (REITs) and seeks damages of $235,000.
  • FINRA Case 17-0919- a customer of VSR Financial Services seeks damages of $50,000 and alleges breach of fiduciary duty, suitability, ongoing fraud, violation of Missouri Securities Act and other claims related to real estate securities.

Wamhoff is currently employed by Calton & Associates, Inc. He was employed by VSR Financial Services from 8/2005-7/2016. He discloses a business affiliation with DIBO Enterprises dba Wamhoff Financial Planning and Platinum Sports & Entertainment Management.

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 in an account handled by Robert (Bob) Wamhoff or VSR Financial Services , 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Newbridge Securities Fined $499,000 For Failing to Supervise Sale of Structured Products

March 2018

Boca Raton, FL based brokerage firm Newbridge Securities Corp. was fined $499,000 by Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities for failure to supervise a broker in connection with the sale of structured products, like real estate investment trusts (REITs),  to Pennsylvania residents.

According to the Consent Agreement and Order, from January 2012-December 2016, Newbridge Securities did not maintain a reasonable system for applying and enforcing written procedures pertaining to their sales of structured products by an agent in Pennsylvania.

This is not the first time Newbridge Securities has encountered regulatory problems. Their FINRA record discloses 28 prior regulatory events .

Newbridge Securities has over 80 locations nationwide. Recent SEC filings report total revenue in 2016 of $26 million with a net loss of $487,738.

Newbridge Securities broker Austin Dutton Jr. was fined $200,000 by Pennsylvania securities regulators for dishonest and unethical practices in connection with the sale of REITs. Dutton currently is the subject of  $760K in customer arbitrations for losses on REITs. Follow this link for more information.

If you have questions about losses in an account at Newbridge Securities, call 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.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870