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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 

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Alvery Bartlett- Former Berthel, Fisher & Co. Broker-Discloses Customer Suits Seeking $10M+-St. Louis, MO

September 2019 – St. Louis, MO

According to publicly available records  Alvery Anthony Bartlett, Jr. (CRD#13975), a stockbroker who is currently employed by Arete Wealth Management and who previously worked for Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services (BFCFS) disclose one prior prior and 3 currently pending customer disputes.

The Financial 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 December of 2014, a Berthel Fisher customer filed FINRA case #14-03867 alleging they were sold unsuitable investments and that they were victims of misrepresentation.    The case settled for $25,000 with $5,000 of the settlement being paid by Bartlett.

In currently pending FINRA Case 19-1843, a customer of Berthel Fisher is seeking damages of between $1.7 million and $3 million and alleges that Bartlett sold the client unsuitable investments, including Oil & Gas deals, REITs and business development companies. The customer alleges that Berthel Fisher and Bartlett failed to perform adequate due diligence.

In currently pending civil case #A -18-767962 filed in Clark County, Nevada state court , a customer of Berthel Fisher alleges that they were sold unsuitable oil and gas limited partnerships, private placements and hedge funds and is seeking damages of  $6.6 million.

In another currently pending matter, FINRA case #17-03515,  filed in 1/2018 , a Berthel Fisher customer that they were sold unsuitable oil and gas limited partnerships and real estate investments and is seeking damages of $3.9 million.

Alvery Bartlett was with Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc. from 1/1992-8/2016. He has been employed by Arete Wealth Management since 8/2016. Bartlett discloses business affiliations with Alvery Bartlett Fund Management, Alvery Bartlett Fund Distribution, Alvery Bartlett Wealth Management, Alvery Bartlett Group, all located in St. Louis, MO.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Alvery Bartlett, 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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Meredith A. McCutchen-Former Berthel Fisher/Concorde Investment Broker-Settles Customer Suit-Houston, TX

May 2018-Houston, Texas

According to FINRA records,  Meredith Ann McCutchen   a stock broker who was previously  employed by Concorde Investment Services and Berthel Fisher and who is currently employed by Moody Securities , discloses a recent settlement of a customer complaint.

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 17-02096 a customer of McCutchen, while employed by Berthel Fisher and Concorde Investments, alleged that their account was mishandled by McCutchen. The investments involved were Oil and Gas and Real Estate securities. In January 2018, the customer was paid $44,000 to resolve the arbitration.

McCutchen has been employed by Moody Securities since 3/2016.

If you have questions about losses  an account handled  by Meredith A. McCutchen, call for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages.

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

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

Dennis Rasmusson- Former VSR Financial Broker- Discloses Customer Disputes-Scottsdale, AZ

April 2017- Scottsdale, AZ

The FINRA records of  Dennis D. Rasmusson,  a  stockbroker who is currently employed by  Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc.  and was previously employed by VSR Financial Services, disclose a prior regulatory event and two 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 FINRA arbitration 15-00152 a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $500,000 for failure to follow instructions, trading excessively, breach of fiduciary duties, unsuitable investments, negligence, misrepresentation,  breach of contract and violations of the Nebraska Securities Act from 10/2011 to 12/2013 in connection with equity listed common and preferred stocks.   That case was settled for $110,000.

In FINRA arbitration 13-02971 a customer of VSR Financial Services alleged damages of $81,000 for portfolio mismanagement from 3/2011- 2013.   That case was settled for $34,000.

In 2011 he was fined $12,500 by the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance to resolve allegations that he failed to record and maintain books and records and failed to maintain required net capital and policies and procedures manual.

Rasmusson has been employed by Berthel, Fisher & Company Financial Services since 3/2014. Prior to that he was employed by VSR Financial Services from 2/2011 until 3/2014. He discloses a business affiliation with Rasmusson Financial Group, Scottsdale, AZ.

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 criticized 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.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Dennis Rasmusson 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