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Cindy Chiellini-Centaurus Financial Broker- Discloses Pending Customer Disputes of Nearly $5M- Lexington, SC

June 2020- Lexington, SC

The FINRA records of Cindy Lucille Chiellini (CRD#1015592)  , a broker with Centaurus Financial, Inc., discloses  prior customer disputes and 27 pending customer disputes seeking damages of nearly $5,000,000 .

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.

From December 2016 to March 2019 nine customers of J.P. Turner/Centaurus Financial, Inc., alleging unauthorized and unsuitable trades, breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation.  These cases were collectively settled for $300,000.

From May 2018 to February 2020 twenty seven customer disputes were filed with FINRA and three other customer disputes were brought forth against Chiellini alleging among other things, unsuitable investments, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation, negligence, unexplained withdrawals,  engaged in potentially fraudulent activity and facilitated unsuitable investments.   The alleged damages in these combined twenty seven cases is nearly $5,000,000.   These cases are all still pending.

Chiellini  has worked for Centaurus Financial, Inc./J.P. Turner & Company since March 2010.   Before that time she was with First Allied Securities, Inc. and D.E. Frey & Company.  

If you have questions about an account handled by Cindy Lucille Chiellini  call for a no charge consultation with an experienced securities attorney .

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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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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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Marc F. Korsch-Centaurus Financial Broker-Customer Awarded Over $1 Million-Sarasota, FL

January 2020-Sarasota, FL

The FINRA records of  Marc F. Korsch ,   a  stockbroker who is employed by  Centaurus Financial  disclose 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 FINRA arbitration 17-0474, a customer of Mr. Korsch’s former employer, Trustmont Financial Group, alleged damages of $500,000 for the recommendation of transactions that were detrimental to the customer.  A FINRA arbitration panel awarded the customer $843,002 in damages, $100,000 in punitive damages, and attorney fees of $82,500.

Marc Korsch  has been employed by Centaurus Financial since 2/2014.  Prior to that he was employed by Trustmont Finanical Group from 3/2011-3/2014.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Marc F. Korsch , contact us 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, at no cost to you.

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

Mark Reinking-Former Leader’s Group Broker-Subject of $1M Customer Suit-Austin, TX

February 2018-Austin, Texas

The FINRA records of  Mark B. Reinking ,  a  stockbroker who is not currently registered with any broker dealer and who was last employed by The Leaders Group Inc. disclose a pending customer arbitraiton 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 January 2018 a customer of Reinking’s  former employer Sunset Financial Services filed FINRA arbitration case #17-03513 seeking damages of $1 million. The customer alleges breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, negligence in connection with the purchase of various direct investments, including real estate securities.

Reinking’s prior employment includes: The Leader’s Group 3/2015-8/2017; Centaurus Financial 6/2010-3/2013; Sunset Financial Services 11/197-6/2010. Reinking discloses business affiliations with RAM Financial Group (formerly Reinking Asset Management) and Risk Paradigm Group, both of which are located in Austin, TX.

If you have questions about an account handled by Mark Reinking , call to speak with an experienced securities attorney to discuss your options.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , equipment leasing partnerships, oil and gas partnerships, hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, non transparent, 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 Centaurus Broker Maryellen Lindley Fined/Suspended by FINRA

Anderson, South Carolina

Maryellen T. Lindley, formerly registered with Sandlapper Securities, was assessed a deferred fine of $10,000 and suspended by FINRA for 12 months to resolve allegations that she shared commissions iwth unregistered individuals.

In the FINRA findings, Lindley invested $1.1 million on behalf of customers  and earned commissions of about $90,000, half of which was shared with accountants, who were not registered with FINRA, who had referred the investors to her. The findings also state that Lindley failed to disclose this to her member firm and denied the commission spitting arrangement in response to FINRA’s requests for information.

According to FINRA records Finley was registered with Sandlapper Securities from 10/2013-1/2014. Prior to that she was registered with Centaurus Financial. 

Rex Securities Law provides nationwide representation to investors 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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