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Shawn B. Davis-Former Independent Financial Group Broker-Discloses 6 Pending Customer Disputes And A Prior Customer Dispute – Auburn, CA

October 2019 – Auburn, CA

The FINRA records of Shawn Bruce Davis  , a stockbroker who was last employed by  Independent Financial Group disclose 6 pending customer disputes and  2 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 August 2013, a Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services customer filed FINRA case #13-02524 alleging that investments purchased from 2005 to 2008 were unsuitable and misrepresented by Davis.  The case settled for $52,500.

In August of 2018, a customer of Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, WFG Investments, Inc. , and Independent Financial Group,  filed FINRA case #18-02735 alleging that the investments they purchased in 2012 were unsuitable and misrepresented to them by the representative.   The clients also allege the firm failed to conduct adequate due diligence and filed to supervise the representative.   No monetary damages are stated and the case is pending.

In June of 2018, a WFG Investments customer filed FINRA case #18-02173 alleging investments, including REITs, were unsuitable.    The damages sought are $560,000.    The case is pending.

In April of 2018, a Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services customer filed FINRA case #18-01268 alleging the investments they purchased between 2007 and 2011 were unsuitable and misrepresented to them by Davis.   The clients also allege that the firm failed to supervise Davis and are seeking damages of $500,000.

In March of 2018, a Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services and Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., customer filed FINRA case #18-01092 alleging the investments, including REITs and limited partnerships purchased between 2005- 2006 are unsuitable and were misrepresented by Davis.   The claimants allege that the firm failed to supervise the actions of Davis and are seeking damages of $1,500,000.

In September of 2016, a Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services customer filed FINRA case #16-02660 alleging the investments, including REITs and oil and gas securities. purchased 2005- 2010 are unsuitable and were misrepresented by Davis.   Claimants allege that the firm failed to supervise Dais and are seeking damages are $800,000.

In September of 2017 a WFG Securities and Independent Financial Group customer filed FINRA case #17-02219 alleging that they were not fully informed of the risks associated with REIT offerings purchased from 2013 to 2015.   No specific damages set forth in the claim.

Davis  was employed by Independent Financial Group  from February 2014 until May 2017, and with WFG Investments, Inc. from August 2012 until January 2014.   Before that he was with Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services  and Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. Davis discloses business affiliations with Davis Financial Advisors, Uncommon Capital and Leads from the Vine in Roseville, CA.

If you have problems in an account  handled by Shawn Bruce Davis  call for a no charge consultation to learn more 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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Mason W. Gann-Former Berthel Fisher Broker-Subject of Customer Dispute Over Account Losses-Dallas, TX

January 2019- Dallas, TX

The FINRA records of Mason W. Gann, a stockbroker who is not currently registered with any broker dealer and who was last employed by Berthel Fisher and Co. , disclose a recent regulatory event resulting in suspension, a currently pending customer dispute, 2 prior customer disputes , a termination from employment and an outstanding tax lien.

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 April 2018, FINRA suspended Mason Gann for 20 business days and fined him $5,000 to resolve allegations that he exercised discretion in six customers’ accounts without obtaining written approval from the customers or his firm.

In January 2018 a customer of Berthel Fisher filed a complaint seeking damages of $75,000 alleging concern about being able to support his future income requirements alleging that investments in his account are unsuitable for his risk level and alleging that Gann made unauthorized trades and churned  his account. The investments at issue are equities, options, unit investment trusts and ETFs.

Gann was employed with Berthel Fisher since 6/2012. In February 2018, Gann was discharged by Berthel Fisher who made the following allegation on Gann’s BrokerCheck report: “Terminated for possible violation of terms of heightened supervision”. 

Gann discloses an outstanding judgment/lien in favor of the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $54,157.

If you have losses in an account handled by Mason Gann contact us for a no charge consultation 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

National Toll Free: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Berthel Fisher & Broker Jeffrey Dragon Named in FINRA Complaint for Overcharging Commissons

April 2017-Burlington, MA

Berthel Fisher & Company and one of their brokers Jeffrey P. Dragon were named in a FINRA complaint alleging that Dragon generated more than $421,000 in concessions for himself and the firm, at the expense of customers, by recommending and effecting a pattern of unsuitable short-term trading of Unit Investment Trusts (UITs).

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 FINRA complaint further alleges that by failing to apply sales charge discounts from 2010-2014, more than 2700 customers did not receive applicable sales charge discounts resulting in excessive charges of about $667,000.

Berthel Fisher, which has about 350 brokers in 230 branch offices, was fined over $700,000 by FINRA 3 years ago for various failures in supervision related to sales of real estate investment trusts and leveraged exchange-traded funds from 2008-2012. Follow this link to review their FINRA record. 

Jeffrey Dragon was discharged by Berthel Fisher in 9/2016. The company made the following allegation in connection with his termination: “The firm believes that the representative did not adhere to a term of his heightened supervisions agreement, which required him to run all business, including fixed indexed annuities, through the firm’s commission grid.” Link to Dragon’s FINRA record. 

Investors who suffered losses on purchases of UITs, REITs or other investments in an account at Berthel Fisher 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

Timothy C. Moody- Moody Captital Solutions Broker-Discloses Regulatory Suspension

Dawsonville, Georgia

According to FINRA records,  Timothy C. Moody   a stock broker  employed by Moody Capital Solutions , discloses a recent regulatory action.

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 2016, Timothy C. Moody, without admitting or denying the findings, consented to a fine of $5,000 and a three month suspension for willfully failing to timely amend FINRA reporting forms to disclose that he had filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia. Suspension is from 3/21/2016-6/20/2016.

Moody has been employed by Moody Capital Solutions since 10/2006.. Prior to that his employment includes Midsouth Capital and Berthel, Fisher & Co.

If you have questions about an account handled  by Timothy C. Moody, 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

Rex Securities Law Investigates Former VSR Financial Broker Charles Chapman-Richardson, Texas

Richardson, Texas

Rex Securities Law is investigating former VSR Financial Services broker Charles E. Chapman   in connection with the sale of various direct investments including real estate securitie, equipment leasing investments, promissory notes and limited partnership interests.

According to FINRA records in 2014 Chapman was named three customer disputes involving direct investments like real estate securities, limited partnerships and direct investments.

In 2014 one case was settled for $315,000 and another for $3,740,000. An earlier case in 2011 settled for $225,000.

According to FINRA records Chapman  was registered with VSR Financial Services from 8/1999-6/2009. He was then registered with Berthel Fisher & Company from 6/2009-6/2013. He is not currently registered.

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 with 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