Category Archives: Business Development Company (BDC)

Investigation of FSC Securities Broker Lee Kramer -West Palm Beach, FL/Frederick, MD

October 2020- West Palm Beach, Florida/Frederick, Maryland

We are investigating FSC Securities Corporation financial advisor Lee R. Kramer.

According to publicly available records, Lee R. Kramer discloses 7 prior regulatory events, two pending customer disputes and one prior customer dispute, and 2 terminations from employment.

Kramer’s regulatory issues include allegations by Massachusetts securities regulators that he was the subject of 7 disclosures alleging alteration of a variable annuity application, failure to provide notice of replacement of a variable annuity, failure to disclose consent orders to state regulators, possible signature irregularities and failure to report customer emails to his supervisor. Massachusetts R-2005-188.

In pending FINRA Case 19-2969, a customer of FSC Securities alleges that Kramer made unsuitable recommendations to invest in an annuity, a business development company and unsuitable stocks. The customer is seeking damages of $93,000.

In another recently filed matter a customer of FSC Securities is seeking $62,000 alleging that Kramer recommended an unsuitable investment in a business development company.

IN 2005, Kramer was discharged by Securities America who allege that Kramer failed to disclose state insurance department consent orders.

In 2002, Kramer was ‘permitted to resign’ from Veravest Investments after an internal audit of over 800 customer files indicated that some customer files contained possible predictive statements, possible signature irregularities and two unreported emails from deaf customers.

Lee Kramer has been employed by FSC Securities since 3/2005.

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 information that you think would be helpful to our investigation of FSC Securities Corp. financial advisors Lee Kramer please contact our Boca Raton, FL, office at the number below.

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

Charles  Stevens-D.H. Hill Securities Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Suits-St. Augustine, FL

July 2018-St. Augustine, Florida

The FINRA records of  Charles T. Stevens,  a  stock broker who is currently employed by D,H. Hill Securities ,  disclose 2 currently pending customer disputes and 5 outstanding IRS judgement/liens.

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 17-3348 a customer of D.H. Hill Securities seeks damages of $150,000 and alleges that Stevens made  unsuitable recommendations to invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs) and business development companies (BDCs). The claim alleges that D.H. Hill failed to supervise Stevens.

In FINRA Case 17-2154  a customer of D.H. Hill alleges that Stevens made  unsuitable recommendations, was negligent and breached his fiduciary duty in connection with investments in REITs and BDCs. Damages are not specified.

Stevens discloses five currently outstanding liens, which total over $500,000, in favor of the Internal Revenue Service. The liens are filed in the St. Johns County Clerk’s office.

Stevens has been employed with D.H. Hill Securities since 6/2006 and operates St. John’s Financial Planning.

If you have losses in an account handled or supervised by Charles  Stevens call for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal options for recovery.

D.H. Hill Securities

D.H. Hill Securities is based in Kingwood, Texas, and was formed in 1996. The company has branch offices in Texas, Florida and other states.  Danny Harold Hill serves as chief compliance officer and municipal partner.

In 2016 FINRA sanctioned D.H. Hill Securities with a censure and fine of $30,000 to resolve allegations that the company had inadequate supervisory procedures related to the sale of a REIT offering. FINRA Case 2014040082301.

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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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Former Customer of H. Beck Broker Rick Poston-Brings $500K Suit For Unsuitable Investments-Plano, TX

May 2018-Plano, TX 

The FINRA records of  Richard  (“Rick”) E. Poston ,  a  stockbroker who last worked for H. Beck in Plano, TX, discloses a pending customer dispute, 4 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 March 2016 a customer of H. Beck filed FINRA Case # 16-0766 seeking $200,000 in damages and alleging that he was sold an unsuitable concentration of illiquid investments in non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) between 10/2007-9/2015. In July 2016 the case was settled for $185,000.

IN 7/2017 a customer of H. Beck filed FINRA Case 17-1789 alleging that Poston over concentrated their account with high risk, illiquid REITs and business development companies (BDCs) and is seeking damages of $500,000.

Poston was employed by H. Beck from 3/2010 until he was discharged in 12/2015 for failing to cooperate with an internal investigation. Prior to that he worked for a number of other brokerage firms in the Plano area, including LPL Financial.

Unfortunately Mr. Poston passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in March of 2016.

Investors with losses in accounts that were handled by Rick Poston may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration, a method of dispute resolution that is typically much shorter in duration and far less costly that court litigation. We typically accept these cases on a contingent fee basis. 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

Want to Sell Your Alternative Investments? Want to Recover Losses on REIT Investments?

April 2018

Investors owning non publicly traded alternative investments, such as real estate investment trusts (REITs) and oil and gas partnerships may not have been aware of the meaning of illiquid when  the investments were recommended to them by a financial advisor or stockbroker.

These  investments generated high commissions for the firm and broker and were typically sold to unsuspecting with the promise of a steady dependable stream of income, a promise of steady or increasing value and with little discussion of the fact that the investment cannot be sold on any conventional exchange should a need for cash arise.

Many investors made the decision to purchase these investments without a clear understanding of the risks associated with them. Many purchased them not aware that they are illiquid.

If you have watched the value of your investments in alternative investments decline and wonder how you can get out of these investments that cannot be sold on any conventional exchange, you may be pleased to know that there are several secondary markets that have developed over the years which provide investors the opportunity to dispose of these investments.

Here are two popular market makers. Each has its own set of procedures for buying and selling alternative investments. Visit their sites for details.

Central Trade & Transfer

www.CTTAuctions.com

CFX Markets

www.CFXtrading.com

Recent (April 2018)  trading ranges quoted by CTT Auctions  for some of the most popular non publicly traded alternative investments.

ALTERNATIVE  INVESTMENT                    Recent Price

ARC New York City REIT                                 $13.00-13.28

Black Creek Diversified Prop.                      $6.85-7.00
Business Dev. Corp. (BDCA)                         $6.50-6.75
Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT       $5.50-5.75
CNL Healthcare                                                    $8.61-8.90
Cole Credit Prop Tr. IV                                      $7.65-8.00
Cole Credit V                                                          $18.55-18.85
Corporate Prop 17                                              $9.50-9.65

Corporate Prop 18                                             $7.95-8.17

Healthcare Trust (ARC II)                                $13.96-14.01

Highland REIT (InvenTrust spinoff)          $.21-.22
Hines Global REIT                                               $7.85-8.00

HMS Income Fund                                               $7.20-7.35
Inven Trust (Inland American)                      $1.84-1.90
KBS Legacy Prnrs Apt REIT                           $3.65-3.80
KBS II                                                                           $4.13-4.05

KBS REIT III                                                             $9.85-9.95
KBS Strategic Opp REIT II                             $7.75-8.00

Lightstone Value Plus REIT V                      $5.80-6.01
Northstar Healthcare Income                     $6.50-6.71
Phillip Edison Grocery Center REIT I      $9.25-9.50

Strategic Realty Trust (TNP)                         $4.50-4.55
United Development Fund III                      $2.50-2.65

HAVE YOU SUFFERED A LOSS ON ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS?

If you have losses on your alternative investments, you may be able to recover damages from the brokerage firm that recommended the investments to you. Call for a no obligation consultation with an experienced securities attorney to learn about you 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

 

Jonathan T. Pyne-Berthel Fisher Financial Advisor Discloses Customer Suits-Minneapolis, MN

May 2019-Minneapolis, MN

Jonathan Todd Pyne (aka Jon Pyne )  ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Berthel Fisher & Co. Financial Services discloses 1 pending customer dispute and 5 prior final customer disputes on his FINRA record.

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 currently  pending  dispute, received in 12/2017 , a customer of Berthel Fisher alleges damages in excess of $19,250 and alleges that Pyne failed to meet his fiduciary obligation by mismanaging her account and failing to communicate with her. In Addition the client alleges that Pyne surrendered and annuity without permission.

In September 2016 Berthel Fisher settled a complaint brought by one of Pyne’s customers alleging that oil and gas and real estate securities purchased in 2008 and 2009 were unsuitable and misrepresented. That matter was settled for $48,175.

In FINRA arbitration 14-0952 a customer of Pyne’s alleged damages of $250,000 in connection with the sale of unsuitable investments sold to her in 2007 and 2008 in equipment leasing, oil and gas and real estate securities. That case was settled in 11/2015 for $110,000.

Pyne has been employed by Berthel Fisher & Co.   since 2/2007. Pyne discloses a business affiliation with Evergreen Financial Group.

See this for our prior investigation of Jonathan T. Pyne over the sale of the following alternative investments:

  • Gulf Coast Rig & Equipment
  • Reef Income & Development
  • Leaf Equipment Leasing Fund
  • Inland American
  • Cornerstone Properties (now Summit Health Care)
  • Columbia Properties

If you have questions about an account  handled by Jonathan T. Pyne , contact us to discuss your options.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , equipment leasing, oil and gas, 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