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Bill Shopoff-Shopoff Securities- Discloses Pending Regulatory Event & Pending Customer Disputes-Irvine, CA

July 2019 – Irvine, CA

According to publicly available records William A. Shopoff  (CRD#1273471) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Shopoff Securities Inc.,  disclose a pending regulatory event  , 2 pending disputes with customers and a dispute that was recently settled for $4.75 million.

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, FINRA  filed a complaint alleging that Shopoff Securities had fraudulently sold promissory note investments to investors.   The complaint, which is currently pending, alleges that Shopoff formed a fund with the stated purpose of raising funds for his private real estate firm, Shopoff Realty, and that funds were used for personal expenses rather than the intended purpose and that Shopoff massively inflated his and his wife’s cash assets in financial statements.

In December 2018, in a Federal Court action in US District Court, Central District of California  a former employee of a firm affiliate asserted claims for breach of contract, breach of guaranty, specific performance, and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well a claim for fraud.     That matter was recently settled for $4.75 million.

Two similar cases are pending in Orange County, CA, seeking total damages in excess of $30 million.

Shopoff has been  with Shopoff Securities, Inc.  since September of 2006 where he serves as President.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by William Shopoff,  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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Texas Securities Regulators Require Metals.Com to Refund $10M

July 2019-Austin, Texas

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) issued a news release announcing that Metals.Com, has agreed to offer a full refund to some 84 Texas investors.

According to the release Metals.Com cold called Texas residents, mostly individuals age 65 to 90,  and told them that their money was not safe with conventional registered brokers in order to get them to move their funds into precious metals. The total amount to be refunded may exceed $10 million.

An 80 year old Dallas was convinced to move $850,000 of retirement assets from an IRA into precious metals sold by Metals.Com, according to the TSSB.

The order issued by TSSB requires Metals.Com to repay the full amount invested by the Texas victims.

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

Jodie LaMarre- Former Robert W. Baird & Co. Broker- Discloses Regulatory Event & Two Settled Customer Disputes-Sarasota, FL

June 2019- Sarasota, FL

According to publicly available records Jodie A. Lamarre (CRD#2127928) ,  a  stockbroker who is currently not registered  discloses a regulatory event and 2 settled 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 February  2018,  without admitting or denying the findings, LaMarre consented to sanctions and to the entry findings that she recommended an unsuitable strategy involving the consolidation of an elderly customer’s assets in a single taxable account without regard to the fact that several of these assets were in tax deferred accounts .  The customer had a total net worth of less that $200,000 and was living on fixed income. As a result of LaMarre’s actions the customer was faced with an increased tax liability. FINRA suspended LaMarre for 1 year suspension and assessed a $10,000 monetary fine. FINRA case 2015046052701.

In December 2016,  a Robert W. Baird & Co., customer filed a complaint that alleged that LaMarre’s poor advice led him to sustain losses related to the purchase of a variable annuity.  The case was settled for $30,000 in 3/2017.

In May of 2015, another Robert W. Baird & Co, customer  alleged that LaMarre gave poor advice regarding distribution/surrender of annuities following the death of client’s husband, causing  unintended negative tax consequences.  This case settled for $10,000.

Lamarre was  employed with Janney Montgomery Scott from February 2015 until November 2017.   Before that she was with Robert W. Baird & Co, from July 2008 until February 2015.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Jodie Ann Lamarre 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Kyusun Kim-Former Independent Financial Group Broker-Barred from FINRA-Discloses 19 Settled Customer Suits- Greenville, SC

June 2019- Greenville, SC

According to publicly available records, former Independent Financial and Sandlapper Securities  financial advisor Kyusun Kim,  discloses 19 settled and 4 pending 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 June 2018 FINRA (FINRA case 2017052705001) permanently barred Kim from the securities industry to resolve allegations that he made unsuitable recommendations to numerous senior customers, who were retiring or had retired. Kim recommended that these customers concentrate their retirement assets and liquid net worth in speculative and illiquid securities, according to FINRA.   Kim failed to disclose to his customers the risks associated  and as a result of these recommendations, Kim’s customers suffered substantial losses.

From December of 2007 until June 2013, 15 customers of Independent Financial Group brought cases alleging that Kim  forged signatures, made unsuitable recommendation, misrepresentation, violated state and federal securities laws, committed elder abuse, and other wrongful conduct.   These cases were collectively settled for over $3 million.

Between December 2016 and February 2018, four customers of Independent Financial Group filed cases alleging wrongful conduct, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of written contract, violations of federal and state securities laws in connection with investments,  unsuitable investments, breach of oral and written contract. Total damages on these pending cases exceed 1 million.

Kim  was employed by Sandlapper Wealth Management  from March 2016 until August of 2018 when he was discharged.   Kim was employed with Independent Financial Group in San Diego, CA from February of 2006 until March of 2016.

If you have losses in an account handled by Kyusun Kim, call to learn how you may be able to recover damages 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870