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Peter Klaass and Heath Bowen-Former Allegis Investment Advisors-Sued Over Option Trading-Idaho Falls, ID

June 2018-Idaho Falls, ID 

The FINRA records of two former Allegis Investment Advisors stockbrokers , Peter Gerhard Klaass and Heath Shayne Bowen   disclose that the Colorado Division of Securities alleged that both Klaass and Bowen placed their advisory clients in high risk and complex options trades that their clients did not understand.

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 2/2018, the Colorado Division of Securities issued a cease and desist and revoked Klaass‘ investment adviser representative license in Colorado. Bowen was sanctioned with a cease and desist.

Klaass has settled three customer suits over option investments and discloses a pending FINRA arbitration by a customer of Allegis seeking over $450,000 in damages related to option investments. Klaass was employed by Allegis Investment Services from 5/2014-3/2017 and thereafter with Cetera Advisor Network. He voluntarily resigned from Cetera in 4/2018 following the cease and desist order issued by Colorado securities regulators.

In 12/2017 Bowen was ordered to pay a customer $575,000 in FINRA Case 17-3131. There are currently three pending arbitrations by customers which relate to option investment and seek cumulative damages of over $600,000.

If you have questions about an account handled by Peter Klaass and/or Heath S. Bowen, contact us for a no charge consultation. 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

David J. Schmerber-Former LPL Financial Broker-Settles Dispute Over Unsuitable Investments-Centerville, OH

May 2018- Centerville, OH

According to FINRA records, David Joseph Schmerber,  a  stockbroker who was  formerly employed by LPL Financial Services, disclose  the recent settlement of a 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 FINRA Case 17-0659 a customer of his prior employer LPL Financial  alleged that between 2008-9/2016, Schmerber invested their accounts in various complex, volatile and speculative securities which were unsuitable for their investment objectives. That case was settled in 11/2017 for $395,000.

Schmerber was employed by LPL Financial Services from 3/19997-3/2017. He is currently employed by Cetera Advisors in Centerville, OH.

If you have questions about an account handled by David J. Schmerber, call for a no charge consultation to discuss your 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

Utah Regulators Move to Fine Cetera, LPL an CUSO Financial Services Over Credit Union Operations

May 2018-Salt Lake City, Utah

The Utah Division of Securities filed actions against Cetera Advisor Network, Paul W. Neuenswander and Financial Network FID West LLC, d/b/a Peak Financial Network Solutions over credit union violations. Link to the Utah pleading here. 

Neuenswander is a licensed stockbroker who is employed by Cetera.  Peak Financial Network is the DBA for Financial Network FID West LLC and is a registered branch of Cetera.

The Utah regulator conducted examinations of Cetera’s business operations being conducted in the following credit unions:

  • Jordan Credit Union
  • Granite Credit Union
  • Deseret First Credit Union 
  • Utah Community Credit Union

The regulator found that Cetera failed to comply with regulatory requirements governing networking arrangements between broker-dealers and credit unions, approved the use of misleading sales and advertising materials provided to the public and failed to supervise the business being conducted from their operations within the credit unions. As a result customers were not adequately informed that investments were being provided by Cetera and not the financial institution.

The Utah Division of Securities has filed similar proceedings for similar violations against LPL Financial and CUSO Financial Services.

If you have suffered losses as a result of investments you made with Cetera, LPL or CUSO Financial Services at a credit union, you may be able to recover damages. Call for a no charge consultation to discuss your 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

Brent V. Lott-Former LPL Financial Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Disputes-Orem, UT

Orem, Utah-December 2017 UPDATE

According to FINRA records,  Brent V. Lott   a stock broker currently  employed by Cetera Advisors Network , discloses two pending customer disputes, a prior customer dispute, a currently pending regulatory investigation 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 October 2013, Brent Lott, was discharged by LPL Financial who made the following allegations on Lott’s FINRA record: “Submitted equity indexed annuity applications without meeting or discussing with clients and violation of the firm’s document signature policy.” Lott was employed by LPL Financial from 4/2006-12/2013.

A customer while Lott was employed by LPL Financial alleges that a third party, acting in concert with Lott, forged customer signature on contract to acquire insurance policy issued by Pacific Life. No specific damages are listed. This matter is currently pending.

A second customer while Lott was employed by LPL Financial alleges that he never met Lott who is listed as the selling agent for his variable annuity contracts and that Mr. Lott may be aware that the signatures on the contract delivery receipts are not those of the customer. No specific amount of damages is alleged. This matter is currently pending.

In July 2017 FINRA commenced an investigation of Lott for violations of FINRA Rules 2010 and 4511.

FINRA Rule 2010, Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade states: “A member, in the conduct of its business, shall observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.”

FINRA Rule 4511 relates to the the preservation of accurate books and records and requires brokers and firms to maintain them in accordance with applicable SEC rules.

After leaving LPL Financial in 11/2013, Lott was employed by Girard Securities until 11/2017, when he joined Cetera Advisor Network.

If you have questions about an account handled  by Brent Lott, 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