Mark Tauzin-Former LPL Financial Broker-Discloses Regulatory Event, Customer Dispute & Termination-Lafayette, LA

February 2019- Lafayette, LA

According to publicly available records Mark Tauzin   (CRD#1716373) ,  a  currently unregistered stockbroker who was last  registered with LPL Financial disclose a regulatory event , a prior customer dispute 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 10/2016 Tauzin consented  to FINRA sanctions and to the entry of findings that he engaged in a pattern of unsuitable short-term trading of front-loaded Unit Investments Trusts (UITs) in  accounts of households that were customers of his member firm.  Tauzin had no reasonable basis to believe the short-term trading of these front products was suitable for the customers according to FINRA.   The finding stated that Tauzin also maintained blank forms signed by customers relating to accounts for several households.  The forms included Automated Clearing House (ACH) authorization forms, margin agreements, account applications and switch disclosure forms.   With regards to certain households, completed switch disclosure forms.   With regards to certain households, completed switch disclosure forms were used for transactions that appeared identical to the signed, blank forms maintained in Tauzin’s files.  The maintenance of the blank forms violated the firm’s written supervisory procedures, document, regardless of client knowledge or consent.    Tauzin was suspended for  8 months  and  agreed to disgorge  $205,115, and pay a penalty of $20,000.

In August of 2015 an LPL Financial customer alleged unsuitability, misrepresentations and unauthorized trading in connection with her UIT investments.    The case settled for $750,000.

Tauzin was employed with LPL Financial from September 2009  to November 2014 when was discharged by LPL Financial after allegations that he f violated the firm’s document signature policy and concerns regarding short-term UIT Trading..  He previously was employed with Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Inc.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Mark Tauzin, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about 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.

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Cindy Chiellini-Centaurus Financial Broker-Subject of Numerous Customer Suits- Lexington, SC

February 2019 – Lexington, South Carolina

The FINRA records of  Cindy Lucille Porto Chiellini ,  a  stockbroker who is  employed by  Centaurus Financial  discloses 9 pending  and one 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 October 2018 a customer of Chiellini’s prior employer was paid $70,000 to resolve allegations that they were sold unsuitable investments from 2010-2016.

The pending customer complaints include:

  • FINRA case 18-4363-a former customer of J.P. Turner & Centaurus seeks damages of $500,000 and alleges Chiellini recommended unsuitable investments from 2014-2018.
  • Case 168-04082 -a former customer of J.P. Turner & Centaurus seeks damages of $336,160 and alleges Chiellini recommended unsuitable investments in real estate securities from 2012-2018.
  • FINRA case 18-3810-a former customer of J.P. Turner & Centaurus seeks damages of $100,000 and alleges Chiellini recommended unsuitable investments in real estate securities.
  • FINRA case 18-1848-a former customer (beneficiaries of a deceased client’s account)  of Summit Brokerage Services seeks damages of $100,000 and alleges Chiellini recommended unsuitable investments .

Chiellini , who is also known as Cindy Porto and Cindy Porto Chiellini, has been employed by Centaurus Financial since 5/2015, and discloses a business affiliation with Mantei & Associates in Lexington, SC.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Cindy Porto Chiellini  , contact us for a no charge consultation 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.

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Florida-561 391 1900 

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Kestra Investment Services Assessed Regulatory Fine Over Mutual Fund Sales-Austin, TX

February 2019 – Austin, Texas

FINRA recently sanctioned Austin-based Kestra Investment Services (formerly NFP Advisor Services) for over charging more than 3,000 who qualified for waiver of front end sales fees on certain mutual fund purchase.

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.

According to the Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent #2016048404601 recently entered into by Kestra, FINRA alleged that from July 2009-February 2018, Kestra disadvantaged certain retirement plan and charitable organization customers that were eligible to purchase Class A shares in mutual funds without a front-end sales charge or Class B or C shares with back-end sales charges and higher ongoing fees and expenses.

As a result Kestra violated NASD Conduct Rule 3010, FINRA Rules 3010 and 2010.

FINRA censured Kestra and assessed a regulatory fine of $225,000. In addition Kestra agreed to provide remediation to eligible customers on or before March 31, 2019.

If you have questions about an account with Kestra Investment Services , contact us for a no charge consultation 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.

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Larry Breen-Former VSR Financial Broker-Subject of $100K Customer Suit-Lake Mary, FL

February 2019 – Lake Mary, FL

The FINRA records of  Lawrence “Larry”  Aloysius Breen III ,  a  stockbroker who was formerly  employed by  VSR Financial Services  discloses a pending customer dispute.

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 7/2018, a customer of Breen’s former employer, VSR Financial Services, filed FINRA Case 18-2544, alleging  that Breen was negligent , made misrepresentations and omitted material facts in connection with a recommendation to purchase a real estate security. The customer seeks damages of $100,000.

Larry Breen was employed by VSR Financial Services from 9/2006-12/2015. He is currently employed by Centaurus Financial in Lake Mary, FL, and discloses an affiliation with Breen Financial Management in Heathrow, FL.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Larry Breen or another broker who was employed by VSR Financial Services , contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

VSR Financial Services Prior Problems With REITs 

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. 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.

 VSR wound down operations at the end of 2016 and transferred most of their brokers and customer accounts to Summit Brokerage ServicesSee this for more information regarding VSR Financial Services.

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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Florida-561 391 1900 

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Jay Weiser-Former Despain Financial Broker-Barred From Securities Industry-Collinsville, IL

February  2019 – Collinsville, IL

According to public recordsJay R. Weiser  (CRD#1511042)  a  former stockbroker who was previously employed by Despain Financial Corporation,  discloses a regulatory event, a pending customer dispute and a termination of 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 January of 2019, Weiser was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA after he   failed to cooperate with FINRA’s requests for documents and for on-the-record testimony related to its investigation into his conduct regarding the sale of Promissory Notes and interests to determine whether Weiser engaged in unapproved private securities sanctions.   

In May of 2018, a customer of  Despain Financial Corporation ,  filed FINRA case #18-01750  alleging  that Weiser mismanaged claimant’s retirement assets.   The alleged damages are $498,047.   

Weiser was employed by Despain Financial since 2000. In June of 2018 Weiser was discharged  by Despain after clients alleged that he sold investments and life insurance to them that was not suitable for their situation. Weiser discloses business affiliations with Weiser Financial in Earlville, IL and Despain Investment Solutions in Collinsville, IL. 

If you have questions about an account handled by Jay Weiser, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages from his employer 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

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