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Kerry Dean Wills- First Western Securities Broker- Suspended for Borrowing from Elderly Customer- Hurst, TX

February 2010-Hurst, TX

According to publicly available records of Kerry D. Wills (CRD#1353739) ,  a  stockbroker employed with First Western Securities, Inc.,  discloses a regulatory event resulting in a suspension and a civil fine.

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 2020, without admitting or denying the findings, Wills consented to sanctions and the entry of the findings that he borrowed $150,000 from a 90 year old customer in violation of his member firm’s procedures.  The findings stated that at the time of the loan, the customer maintained accounts at the firm and that Wills was the broker of record assigned to the customer’s account.   The loan was memorialized with a promissory note that provided for a ten year term and a two percent interest rate.   Wills never disclosed the loan to his firm or otherwise sought an exemption for the  firm’s procedures prohibiting the acceptance of a loan from a firm customer.  Wills made one annual payment on the loan, but the customer never cashed the check.  The customer passed away six months later, leaving a trust document that provided for forgiveness of the loan.  The findings also stated that Wills accepted a gift of approximately $19,500 in luxury travel from the customer.   Wills did not disclose the travel gifts on the firm’s gifts and gratuities logs, despite the requirement that he do so in the violation of the firm’s procedures.   The sanctions ordered were a six month suspension from FINRA ending October 17, 2020 and a $10,000 fine.

Wills has been employed by First Western Securities, Inc. since November of 2009.  Prior to that time he was with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.  and Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc.

If you have questions about an account handled by  Kerry Dean Wills call to speak 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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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Investigation of FSC Securities Brokers Lee Kramer & David Frank on Behalf of Local Deaf Customer-West Palm Beach, FL

February 2020- West Palm Beach, Florida/Frederick, Maryland

We are investigating FSC Securities Corporation financial advisors Lee R. Kramer and David A. Frank on behalf of a Palm Beach County, FL,  resident who is deaf.

According to our client,  Mr. Frank and Mr. Kramer made sales presentations, both in person, as well as via video presentations,  to her and  other members of the local deaf community resulting in the investment in various unsuitable investments, including annuity investments.

According to publicly available records, Lee R. Kramer discloses 7 prior regulatory events, one pending customer dispute and one prior customer dispute, and 2 terminations from employment.

Kramer’s regulatory issues include allegations by Massachusetts securities regulators that he was the subject of 7 disclosures alleging alteration of a variable annuity application, failure to provide notice of replacement of a variable annuity, failure to disclose consent orders to state regulators, possible signature irregularities and failure to report customer emails to his supervisor. Massachusetts R-2005-188.

In pending FINRA Case 19-2969, a customer of FSC Securities alleges that Kramer made unsuitable recommendations to invest in an annuity, a business development company and unsuitable stocks. The customer is seeking damages of $93,000.

IN 2005, Kramer was discharged by Securities America who allege that Kramer failed to disclose state insurance department consent orders.

In 2002, Kramer was ‘permitted to resign’ from Veravest Investments after an internal audit of over 800 customer files indicated that some customer files contained possible predictive statements, possible signature irregularities and two unreported emails from deaf customers.

Lee Kramer has been employed by FSC Securities since 3/2005.

According to publicly available records, David A. Frank has been employed by FSC Securities Corp. since 4/2005.

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.

If you have information that you think would be helpful to our investigation of FSC Securities Corp. financial advisors Lee Kramer and/or David Frank please contact our Boca Raton, FL, office at the number below.

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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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Rita Marie Dulya-Former Kovac Securities Broker-Discloses Pending Criminal Charges- Theft Of a Person 65 or Older-Port St. Lucie, FL

February 2020- Port St. Lucie, FL

The FINRA records of Rita Marie Dulya  , a former stock broker who last worked for Kovack Securities, Incdisclose  a regulatory event resulting in a bar from the securities industry, a pending felony criminal charge 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  11/ 2018,  Dulya was permanently barred from the securities industry  for failing to respond to FINRA request for information in connection with an investigation.

In February 2018, felony charges of third-degree grand theft of a person 65 years of age or older were brought against Dulya in Circuit Court for the 19th Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida, Port St. Lucie County.   Formal charges include exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult- less than $10,000.   This case is currently pending.

In October 2017 Kovack Securities, Inc. terminated Dulya’s employment as a result of allegations that a “client gave money to registered representative”.

Dulya worked for Kovack Securities, Inc.  from November of 2002  to October of 2017.   She was with Pro-Integrity Securities and Sunpoint Securities before that time.

Dulya discloses and affiliation with Port St. Lucie Investment Services.   

If you have problems in an account  handled by Rita Marie Dulya  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.

International Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Joseph A Likens-former LPL Financial Advisor-Discloses 15 Customer Disputes-Des Peres, MO

January 2020-Des Peres, MO

According to publicly available records of Joseph Alan Likens (CRD#3084903) ,  a  former stockbroker who previously worked for LPL FInancial discloses 2 regulatory events, 15 customer disputes, a termination from employment and a financial event.

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 12/2017 FINRA permanently barred Likens from the securities industry to resolve allegations that he engaged in dishonest and unethical practices.

Liken’s official FINRA record discloses 13 prior settlements with customers of his prior employer Merrill Lynch. All of the claims allege that customers were sold non firm approved promissory notes. Total settlements exceed $1.3 million.

Likens was employed by LPL FInancial from 1/2015-5/2015. Prior to that he was employed by Merrill Lynch from 4/2009-1/2015.

If you had an account with Joseph Likens that suffered losses, you may be entitled to collect damages from his prior employer. Call 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

Conrad Coggeshall-Former Packerland Broker-Charged With Fraud, Scottsdale, AZ

November 2019-Scottsdale, Arizona

Conrad Coggeshall has been charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with fraud. The SEC complaint alleges that Coggeshall raised $700,000 from four elderly investors from April 2017-May 2018, claiming that the money was going to a New York mergers and acquisition firm called Business Owners Tax Relief. The victims were promised a fixed rate of interest.

Instead the money was used to pay his personal expenses and to make payments to the investors to provide the impression it was a going concern.

According to FINRA records, Coggeshall was an employee of Packerland Brokerage Services from 6.2015-1/2018. Prior to that he worked for USA Financial Securities and Cetera Advisors. He has not been a licensed broker since leaving Packerland in 2018.

Coggeshall discloses business affiliations with Arrowhead Wealth Management in Peoria, AZ and Cypress Associates in Houston, TX.

If you have questions about an account handled by Conrad Coggeshall call to speak 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.

International Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870