Category Archives: REITs

Mark Kolta-Former National Securities Corp Broker-Subject of Two Customer Suits Involving Real Estate Investments-New York

September 2018-New York

According to publicly available records Mark Sam Kolta ,  a   stockbroker who formerly worked for National Securities Corp.  and who  is currently registered with Worden Capital Management, disclose 2 currently pending customer disputes, 12 prior final 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 currently pending FINRA arbitration 18-2394 a customer of National Securities Corp. alleges that Kolta made misrepresentations and sold them an unsuitable real estate security. The customer seeks damages of #120,000.

In another currently pending FINRA arbitration (#18-2017) a customer of National Securities Corp. alleges that Kolta made an unsuitable recommendation to invest in a real estate security and made misrepresentations in connection with the sale. The customer seeks damages of $450,000.

In 2011 Kolta was discharged by a former employer, Chase Investment Services, who makes the following allegation on Kolta’s FINRA record: “Registered rep advised customers of another brokerage firm in the trading of options during his employment with the firm without the firms knowledge or permission.”

Mark Kolta was employed by National Securities Corp. from 9/2013-6/2017. He was with Aegis Capital Corp for a short time from 6/2017-2/2018 and has currently been employed by Worden Capital Management since 4/2018.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Mark Kolta , contact us for a no charge consultation 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

How to Recover Losses on American Finance Trust, Inc. (AFIN)

August 2018

If you invested  in American Finance Trust, Inc. (AFIN) in 2013 and paid $25 per share, you may be surprised to know that it is currently trading at under $15.

In a report just issued by investment bank Robert A. Stanger & Co. the listing of this former non-traded REIT has turned into an ugly “belly flop”. In June 2018 the company announced a estimated per share net asset value of $23.56. This represents a loss of about $1 billion of the company’s equity value.

Investors purchasing AFIN five years ago at $25 a share have lost 40% of their investment.

If you have suffered significant losses on an investment in AFIN, call for a no charge consultation to learn about you may be able to recover damages from the broker dealer who recommended the investment.

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

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

July 2018-Clearwater, 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 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 unsuitable recommendations, negligence and breach of fiduciary 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.

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

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

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