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Travis Hughes of Hughes Financial Group-Discloses Numerous Customer Suits-El Paso, TX

January 2019-El Paso, Texas

According to publicly available records   Travis Jerome Hughes , a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Cetera Advisors  disclose a currently pending customer dispute, 11 prior 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 the currently pending matter a customer of Cetera Advisors alleges poor performance of an investment in a real estate trust (REIT) and is seeking damages of over $18,000. Five of the prior customer disputes were were resolved with cash settlements, including:

  • FINRA Case 17-0028 in which a customer of Investors Capital Corp. was paid $37,500 to resolve allegations that investments in real estate securities and corporate debt were unsuitable.
  • A case filed in El Paso County (2008-3396) in which a customer of AXA Advisors was paid $350,000 to resolve allegations that they were sold unsuitable investments and victims of fraud.
  • A customer of AXA Advisors was paid $289,000 in 2007 to resolve allegations that she was sold three variable life insurance policies that were unsuitable based upon her financial objectives.

Hughes has been with Cetera Advisors since 10/2016. His prior employment includes Investors Capital Corp. , AXA Advisors and The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. Hughes discloses business affiliations with Liberty Tax and Hughes Financial Group.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Travis Hughes , 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.

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Florida-561 391 1900 

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Mohamed Debbagh-Former Cetera Advisors Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Suit-Boca Raton, FL

April 2018 -Boca Raton, FL

According to FINRA records, Mohamed Debbagh,  a   stockbroker who was recently  employed by Cetera Advisors  , disclose  a pending dispute by a former customer.

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 currently pending FINRA Case 18-0840 a customer of Debbagh while he was employed by  Cetera Advisors and Fintegra is seeking damages of $209,000. The customer alleges breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, misrepresentation, common law fraud, unsuitable trading and violations of securities laws.

Debbagh is currently employed by Merrill Lynch. He was employed by Cetera Advisors from 3/2013-11/2017. Prior to that he was employed by Fintegra, LLC from 3/2010-3/2013. Fintegra withdrew their FINRA registration in 9/2015 and filed for bankruptcy that same month.

If you have questions about an account handled by Mohamed Debbagh contact us 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Frederick P. Baerenz-Kalos Capital Broker-Ordered to Pay Customer $331K-Great Falls, VA

May 2017-Great Falls, VA

The FINRA records of  Frederick P. Baerenz,  a  stockbroker who is currently  registered with Kalos Capital  disclose that a FINRA arbitration panel awarded damages to a customer Baerenz recently.

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 15-0443, a customer of Kalos Capital and Pacific West Securities alleged damages of over $1 million for unsuitable trading and negligence in connection with an investment in equipment leasing, oil & gas and real estate investments. The three member arbitration panel awarded $331,000 to Baerenz’s former customer. Bond, et al v Baerenz. 

Frederick P. Baerenz has been employed by Kalos Capital since 5/2013. He was employed by Cetera Advisors from 12/2011-5/2013 and Pacific West Securities 9/2004-12/2011.

If you have questions about an account  handled by Frederick P. Baerenz , contact us 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Christopher R. Hickman-Former Cetera Advisors Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Disputes-Delray Beach, FL

June 2017-Delray Beach, FL

The FINRA records of  Christopher R. Hickman ,  a  former stockbroker who was last employed as a broker by Cetera Advisors and who is not currently registered, disclose a final regulatory matter, a pending customer dispute and  6 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 June 2017 FINRA suspended Hickman for five months , ordered restitution of over $115,000 and assessed a $5,000 fine to resolve allegations that he engaged in an unsuitable pattern of short term trading of unit investment trusts (UITs) in six customer accounts. The findings state that Hickman repeatedly recommended the purchase of UITs and then the sale of them within a year of purchase, notwithstanding the fact that the UITs had 24 month maturity dates and sales charges of 3.95%. In addition, on several occasions, Hickman recommended that his customers use proceeds from the sale of the UITs to purchase another nearly identical UIT.

In currently pending FINRA arbitration 17-01056, a customer of Cetera Advisors seeks damages of $265,000 and alleges breach of fiduciary duty, violation of FINRA rules and elder abuse.

The prior customer disputes include:

  • FINRA Case 9-05733-A customer of Banc of America Investment Services alleged damages of $334,942 for unsuitable investments and unauthorized trading. That case was settled for $75,000.
  • FINRA Case 9-5493-A customer of Banc of America Investment Services alleged damages of $1.5 million for unsuitable investments and misrepresentations. That case was settled for $650,000.

Hickman  was employed by Cetera Advisors from 9/2009-7/2015. Prior to that he was employed by Banc of America Investment Services from 3/2006-8/2009. Hickman also discloses a business affiliation with Premier Client Investments.

In 2015, Cetera Advisors was censured, fined $250,000 and ordered to pay restitution of over $450,000 for charging excessive sales fees to customers who purchased unit investment trusts (UITs).

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Christopher R. Hickman , 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

Abraham Heimann-Former Cetera Advisors Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes Seeking $3M-Alpharetta, GA

May 2017-Alpharetta, GA

According to publicly available records Abraham Heimann, (CRD#1315922) ,  a  stockbroker who is not currently registered with any brokerage firm discloses three currently pending 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 currently pending FINRA case #17-1009, a customer of Heimann while he was employed at Oppenheimer and then Cetera Advisors alleges damages of $30,000 against Cetera and $300,000 against Oppenheimer for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, failure to supervise, unauthorized trading, excessive fees, costs and commissions and negligence for the way his account was handled.

In currently pending FINRA case #17-0766, a customer of Heimann while he was employed at Oppenheimer and then Cetera Advisors alleges damages of $2,000,000 for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, failure to supervise, unauthorized trading, excessive fees, costs and commissions and negligence for the way his account was handled.

In currently pending FINRA case #15-03220 , another customer of Heimann while he was employed at Oppenheimer and then Cetera Advisors alleges damages of $876,195 for unsuitable investing, unauthorized trading, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation. The investments alleged to be unsuitable are oil & gas, penny stocks and medical investments.

Heimann was employed by Cetera Advisors  from 6/2013-2/2016.  He was with Oppenheimer & Co. from 1/2002-7/2013. Heimann discloses business affiliations with Alpha Insurance Mart, Global Investments LLC,  and Danlee International.

We are currently evaluating potential cases against the firms who employed Abraham Heimann.

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